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March 7, 2006

Bonds = Liar (as if that's news)

The following is a cut and paste from the article about the upcoming SportsIllustrated magazine that details how and how often Bonds used steriods.
NEW YORK ( -- Beginning in 1998 with injections in his buttocks of Winstrol, a powerful steroid, Barry Bonds took a wide array of performance-enhancing drugs over at least five seasons in a massive doping regimen that grew more sophisticated as the years went on, according to Game of Shadows, a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters at the forefront of reporting on the BALCO steroid distribution scandal.

(An excerpt of Game of Shadows that details Bonds' steroid use appears exclusively in the March 13 issue of Sports Illustrated, which is available on newsstands beginning on Wednesday. The book's publication date is March 27.)

The authors compiled the information over a two-year investigation that included, but was not limited to, court documents, affidavits filed by BALCO investigators, confidential memoranda of federal agents (including statements made to them by athletes and trainers), grand jury testimony, audiotapes and interviews with more than 200 sources.

Some of the information previously was reported by the authors in the Chronicle. Some of the information is new. For instance, in an extensive note on sourcing, the authors said memos detailing statements by BALCO owner Victor Conte, vice president James Valente and Anderson to IRS special agent Jeff Novitzky were sealed when they first consulted them, but have been unsealed since.

In light of this 200 source cross referenced case against Bonds, I'm of the opinion that all of his records should be tossed, and he should be banned from baseball BEFORE he breaks Aaron's record.

If baseball wanted to make a statement, this would be it.



Dawgnoxious said...

Barry Bonds' head grew an entire hat size from the shit he injected. A grown-ass man outgrew his hat at age 35. If he had outgrown his belt, that might not be news. He is a cheat and a junkie. Throw in the allegations of threatening to kill his mistress, and you merely confirm the low regard in which I hold this douche bag.

Bonds is a contemptible bastard who demeans the sport of baseball every time he puts on a uniform. If he had a shred of human decency he'd retire and decline to pursue Hank Aaron's all-time homerun record. Aaron played with too much dignity and faced too many obstacles to replace his record with a feat of chemistry.

Trey said...

He doesn't want Aaron's record. He will retire after this season, and there is no way he can catch Aaron. Also, you can't throw Bonds under the bus without throwing everyone who has played baseball the past fifteen years under the bus also. They either used or knew somebody who did. In legal terms, they were accomplices.

Besides that fact, steroids have been around since the 1930's and have only been illegal in the US since 1991. If you do some math, it is plausible that players used steroids in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. As steroids & nutrition & workouts became more and more advanced, the benefits of using steroids would obviously also increase, but to believe that the "old timers" were totally clean is naive.

Kyle King said...

Everything the Realist says is right, but that doesn't change the fact that Dawgnoxious has hit the nail on the head.

Barry Bonds is the dirtbag prima donna who went before a judge during the 1994 strike asking to have his child support payments reduced because his income had changed due to his and his fellow players' selfishness.

The revelations of the last few months are a positive step for baseball, because they have forced out into plain view the dirty little open secret of the major leagues.

The fact is that baseball has turned a blind eye while protecting its superstars. Mark McGwire, who effectively admitted to using steroids in his Congressional testimony, felt protected enough to display a bottle of andro openly in his locker during press interviews. Everyone involved with X-raying Sammy Sosa's bats (thereby "confirming" Sammy's preposterous excuse that he corked a practice bat, then accidentally pulled it off the shelf for use in a game) had a vested interest in keeping the slugger in uniform.

Barry Bonds has been the game's biggest star for years and major league baseball has swept it all under the rug in order to preserve its revenue stream. Think of it as the national pastime's version of the "Jordan rules" . . . except this version involves criminal wrongdoing, physical self-destruction, cheating, lying, and obfuscation instead of the occasional uncalled foul on No. 23.

I grew up a baseball fan and, as a father, I hope to be able to share the same experiences with my son at Turner Field that I shared with my Dad at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. I have worked hard to overcome my smoldering outrage over the betrayal of the 1994 strike, for my son's benefit.

This, though, is not the game of my youth. This is no longer the national pastime. It was one thing when baseball made ill-advised decisions to discard sacred traditions by, e.g., lowering the mound after the 1968 season, introducing the designated hitter and interleague play, dividing the leagues into three unequally constituted divisions and incorporating the wild card into an absurd five-game divisional playoff series, and letting the outcome of an exhibition game determine home field advantage in the World Series. All of these are bad ideas, but none of them threatens the integrity of the game itself.

Abominations like the perfectly-named Enron Field and the juiced ball were quite enough to call the game's legitimacy into question. Chemically-altered superstars like Barry Bonds---and, as the Realist rightly notes, those who have protected them through active complicity or purposeful silence---are killing them game.

Poor Roger Maris had his record questioned because of eight lousy games. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa are why this entire generation of baseball statistics needs to be blotted out with history's biggest asterisk.

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