Enough With Barry Bonds Already
This past week, reports have emerged that Barry Bonds tested positive multiple times for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Prosecutors want to use this information against Bonds in his indictment case for committing perjury when the Grand Jury asked him if he had ever taken steroids.
As far as I'm concerned, enough time and words have been wasted on Barry Bonds.
So, we know that he didn't hit all those home runs naturally. We know that he's a liar and that he's done almost everything he possibly can to keep any of his drug use a secret.
The problem is, the secret is out. For years there's been much speculation about Bonds' supposed drug use. Federal prosecutors have his former trainer, Greg Anderson locked up for his unwillingness to talk about Bonds' steroid use.
There is even a conversation that has come to light between Anderson and someone who worked in the Giants' clubhouse that apparently goes into detail about how Anderson injected Bonds with a variety of steroids.
Honestly, who cares?
I am in no way saying that Bonds or any athlete taking steroids is at all acceptable. I don't think that anyone should use any kind of performance enhancing drugs to get ahead.
The fact of the matter is that steroid use was going on in major league baseball years before Bonds started using. Then the '94 strike hit and fans lost interest in the once national past time. So baseball needed to do something to get their fan base back.
Suddenly, there were guys bashing home runs and all of a sudden people took interest in baseball again. It took a few years, but slowly the people started gaining an interest when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling it out for Roger Maris' single season home run record.
And then Big Mac became the home run champion and everyone cheered and it was a good day for baseball. Over the next couple of years, the fan base grew, and then Barry Bonds put his name in the race for the home run record. He became a nightmare for opposing pitchers, but more than that he had morphed into this incredible specimen that was being revered by all athletes.
No one thought to question how Bonds who started out as this scrawny kid in his early days with the Pittsburgh Pirates and even his early days with the Giants had managed to go from looking like a bean pole to a line backer.
McGwire was seen with a bottle of anabolic steroids in his locker during an interview, but he brushed it off saying that he wasn't using anything illegal. And right then, everyone believed him. Even if they didn't they didn't say otherwise because no one wanted baseball to suffer again.
It wasn't until 2004/2005 when all these reports started surfacing through the BALCO investigation about Bonds' explicit steroid use. Jason Giambi's name got mentioned in there and he eventually would testify to the Grand Jury about his involvement. Giambi even later admitted to the New York media that he was "sorry for doing that stuff". We all know what "that stuff" was.
Now all of a sudden there is this big interest in all the steroid users. Now all the reports are emerging that players like Bonds tested positive for steroids back in 2003 when no one was saying anything. Now all of a sudden we're supposed to care?
What's done is done in my mind. A positive test in 2003 doesn't mean anything for 2009. Are these players images tainted, yes, but I don't think it's worth all this fuss.
Barry Bonds has gotten enough publicity over the past six years for a variety of reasons, and I say we stop giving it to him. The more people talk about him the more important he is, and I just don't think he's all that important anymore.
There are a lot more things to focus on in baseball. The World Baseball Classic is coming up next month, teams will be reporting to spring training in a few days and there were a lot of exciting developments in the off season.
If everyone could focus on those things rather than on tests that were taken six years ago or conversations that apparently happened baseball would be a lot better off.
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