In response to my brothers post on his blog Armchair Everything, I have to say I support Barry Bonds.
Unless someone, anyone can actually provide evidence that would hold up in court that this guy actually used steroids, lay off him. Bonds has had a great career and is poised to become the greatest home run hitter in Major League Baseball history. Bud Selig needs to make his reservation where-ever Bonds breaks Aarons record, unless of course he has information that makes Bonds a fraud. Even if Bonds used Steroids, they don’t give you hand eye coordination needed to successfully hit home runs. Sure the added strength may have given him a few more home runs, but if he breaks Aarons record by say 20 home runs, I think it will be a moot point.
I feel that the media and nearly everyone has an opinion on Bonds. Mostly all I hear is rumors and other sophomoric taunts. Bonds never did like the media much and so they don’t like him. He no longer is in the players union (which is why you will find no baseball game out there with his name) and he has a personality of a skunk. But the man can hit and lets not forget that. Dice-K yesterday after facing Bonds for the first time said he had ‘an Aura about him’. Pretty high praise. If the guy can’t hit, why do teams walk him so much? If he had any protection in that line-up (the Giants are the second oldest team all-time, only losing to last years Giants) he would have already passed Aaron.
The rules of baseball and the conduct expected of the players has changed from decade to decade. I don’t view Bonda any differently than other jerks in Baseball. Ty Cobb was a racist as they came. Babe Ruth would never have made in New York with today’s media. Ted Williams hated the media in Boston and didn’t reconcile until long after his career was over in 1999. Because Bonds isn’t a media darling, they are quick to make him a villain. It will take years after Bonds stops playing, before we get to fully understand and appreciate one of the greatest hitters of all time.