Right now, Barry Bonds is sitting at home waiting for his phone to ring.
Chances are, he'll be waiting for a long time.
There are few owners, if any, who see the benefit of adding Bonds to their rosters. They simply would rather pass on Bonds than risk usurping their day-to-day business activities.
The Tampa Bay Rays may have been the most serious suitor for Bonds, but after some deliberation and perhaps clarity of mind, decided against it.
In this writer's opinion, they made the right move.
As a former executive of a large corporation, I would steer clear of Bonds. Let someone else turn their business into a traveling circus.
Apparently, the powers that be in most MLB front offices agree with me. Call it blacklisting, blackballing, collusion or whatever, but given the subject at hand I call it due process.
Bonds will never play MLB again. Should he have the right to? Yes, because that is the law. But don't be surprised if he doesn't.
Barry Bonds was a Hall-of-Famer way before he touched performance-enhancing drugs. He did not need, with the help of BALCO, to circumvent the shoddy rules to transform his body into graphic-novel dimensions for us to appreciate him.
I personally (along with millions of others) was a Bonds fan, even during the period of his career where he began to ostracize the fans and the press. His personality stunk, but he was still a great ballplayer and he had to be appreciated for that.
Still, we gave him the benefit of the doubt.
But that appreciation has worn out over time. Bonds is now 43, going on 44. Most players are long-retired by this point in their lives, but Bonds is somehow still in playing shape. The steroid accusations made over the years against him are now being realized as truths.
Bonds is currently battling the U.S. government over his alleged steroid use, having been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Try to explain this to a 7-year-old (or a 47-year-old for that matter). Correct answer: you shouldn't have to.
With all the scrutiny on performance-enhancers, their legality, obtainability, and effect, Bonds can no longer be part of the MLB infrastructure. He is the 'poster child' of the Steroid Era. No one wants him sporting their logo.
And that, folks, spells the end of Barry Bonds in baseball. He did this to himself.
So now Barry waits by his phone, still in denial that the institution he so aptly duped for so many years will come calling.
He was the one who decided to take that crooked road to immortality, not us.
He was the one who treated us badly, we tried to like like him.
He made it difficult for us to do that.
He still does.