From all accounts, he’s also a complete ass. In this he continues a grand tradition that began before Ty Cobb and will continue long after everyone reading this is dead and buried.
Barry Bonds was a great player before he became known as a freak and he was certainly a great ballplayer after his neck began to grow. The record he is about to break (the Hank Aaron home-run record) will never truly be his because detractors will create an imaginery asterisk even if baseball chooses to allow the record to stand, but he’s been a wonderful talent over 2 decades and only those with an agenda would argue it.
It didn’t have to be this way. Baseball COULD have attempted to do something years ago when these things first started showing up in print (and the print media was way ahead of the curve on this one). Baseball COULD have come back after the strike with a renewed effort to clean up the game, even if it meant foregoing to McGuire-Sosa home run march and the millions of dollars it brought the game.
Baseball could have stood up and said “Man we don’t have a handle on this but we’re sure as hell going to do something about it” and baseball could have protected its most cherished asset (the rich history of the game, which includes the record book) but could not because it is run by people without a moral compass and the game’s powerful owners are addicted to money.
Bud Selig has been at the very least entertaining in regard to steroids over the years. In 2005 he said “It’s easy to look back and rewrite history. People can say that we knew, but I’d like to know on what basis. There certainly is no medical evidence. There was no testing.” Hey Bud, WHY was there no testing?
Did you see Jose Canseco at the plate in the 80s? How about the 90s? What about Mark McGuire? In that same interview quoted above Selig said “Nobody worries more about the image of the sport than I do. I’m proud of our players.”
Just not Barry Bonds. Right? Barry Bonds is paying a huge price for baseball’s big lie and Bud Selig and the owners have shown unprecdented willingness to sacrifice him. So when Barry Bonds talks about race being part of the issue, can we honestly dismiss it out of hand? Where was the outrage when Mark McGuire was breaking the single season home run record?
I honestly believe the media is going after the wrong guy. Barry Bonds began taking steroids when others had already joined in the party, but it is he alone (and not Mark McGuire) whose record will be blemished for all of history. Bud Selig continues on his merry way, the Mr. Magoo of major sports in North America bumbling along blind to the things around him.
He is blind, but apparently not color blind.
My question then to you is this: WHEN did Barry Bonds officially begin breaking the laws of baseball, and at what point BEFORE THAT would reasonable people hold Bud Selig accountable for not taking action?
I await the answer.