HAS BARRY BONDS PLAYED HIS LAST GAME?

Barry Bonds, baseball’s career home-run leader, has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for testifying in 2003 that ne never used steroids or human growth hormone. Although Bonds has never been convicted of steroid use, it is curious that in a relatively short period of time, his body bulked up from 180 to 240 pounds.

Most sports commentators think this is the end for Bonds. Jack Todd writes in the Montreal Gazette: “At the very least you would hope Bonds has made his last plate appearance in a major league uniform.. . There has been no stampede to sign Bonds who was cut loose by the San Francisco Giants when the season ended. Who needs the aggravation? For a guy who will give you 20 home runs, 70 RBIs and a wretched clubhouse, who wants to take on the circus of playing a surly, arrogant, literally fat-headed jerk who is under indictment for lying under oath? … Barry Bonds, steroid cheat, is up against the hard numbers now and the hard numbers say he’s done — even if he never has to do the hard time he deserves.”

Bill Plaschke in the Los Angeles Times:  “As a surly, aging slugger,  he was going to have trouble  finding work this year even without the indictment.  The legal questions will turn him positively radioactive.  He’s done.”

Are these comments too harsh? Has Barry Bonds played his last game?

Why do you think Barry Bonds is so disliked by sports writers, fellow ball players and many of the fans despite his extraordinary athletic skills?

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9 Comments »

  1. 1
    Debra Says:

    I think you’re a pitiful man who is envious of one of the greatest athletes of all times. Perhaps if people like you jumped on the bandwagon to impeach Bush along with his cohorts, the likes of Cheney and the Boys, the American people could begin to try and restore some decency to their lives. Perhaps even be able to buy a gallon of milk and/or gas under $5. If you men (who don’t or can’t play sports) would regenerate your hostility into something positive — by the way did any of you have one of your loved ones killed or maimed in the war? Don’t hate Barry because he’s black, intelligent, strong-willed, resilient, handsome, great father and friend to many. Your frustration shouldn’t be vented against someone with so little power to destroy this country.

  2. 2
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Bonds, Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong, George W. Bush and so many others have one thing in common: a craving for power and fame no matter at what cost. In so doing their worst offence is their betrayal of so many young people for whom they are role models. Their behaviour destroys the the confidence link that should exist between them and the role models. When betrayed, that confidence generates cynicism and justifys delinquent acting out for the weakest of their followers.
    That is their main crime and they bear responsibility for what follows.
    A cheater is a cheater and sooner or later his or her commuppance arrives…often from their own children. A fallen Idol is no longer useful.

  3. 3

    Debra:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about Bush and Cheney. They are malevolent monsters compared to Barry Bonds.

    Paul:

    Quite right about so many celebrities having feet of clay. Perhaps we could add Brian Mulroney to the list.

  4. 4
    John Says:

    I stand by what I said before.

    The press have never painted a pretty picture of Barry Bonds, but Bonds has done little to help his own cause. His blatant disdain for sports writers is well documented. His snubbing of autograph seekers and fans in general is well known. His refusal to join team mates on the field following important victories has been obvious. He refuses to sit on the bench in the dugout with the other players, demanding his own private chair.

    It’s their bloated sense of self importance and refusal to follow the rules and norms that everyone else does that leads the general public to want to see the Barry Bonds and Conrad Blacks etc. of the world brought down…..whether in a court of law or the court of public opinion.

    Some folks want to turn this into a racial thing, but it isn’t. That pressure had already been faced down by Henry Aaron and in his quiet way, Hank had done it with more grace and class than Barry Bonds, with all his bluster and inflated records, could ever hope to achieve.

    The good thing is that the fans’ respect for Hank Aaron will last a lot longer than their anger at Barry Bonds.

  5. 5

    John:

    Indeed, I remember your previous comment on Barry Bonds. It seems to me the root of the problem is this: by and large sports fans feel that Henry Aaron won his record fairly and Barry Bonds did not.

  6. 6
    Chimera Says:

    The only thing I can think of more boring than baseball is cricket. So…who’s Barry Bonds, and why is he important enough in terms of world affairs that his “lying under oath” will upset the balance of power?

    Du-uh. People, people, c’mon. This is an athlete? Why. Do. You. Care?

  7. 7
    Oscar Says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I think Barry’s talent alone (before steroids), should be enough to get him into the Hall Of Fame. That’s what the Hall is for. Everyone has legitimate points but I think Debra has a crush on him.

  8. 8

    Chimera:

    I take your point that Barry Bonds is irrelevant. But are high-visibilty athletes irrelevant? Surely a person like Wayne Gretzky influenced millions of youngsters for the better and a person like Ben Johnson did not.

  9. 9
    Chimera Says:

    I didn’t say he was irrelevant, Neil. But here’s a guy — one among many — who spends his entire productive life playing a game for ‘way too much money so professional gamblers can get vicarious thrills at the expense of people who buy tickets to watch the games? How influential should he be in anyone’s life? Or any of them?

    I love hockey. And I have favorite players. But they’re not exactly what you’d call great thinkers or philosophers. What they do does not affect the state of the world or the way I live my life. They’re entertainers. That’s all.


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