Bonds and Al Capone? Say it Ain't So!
Don't get me wrong: I don't care if Bonds gets fined or even goes to jail for tax evasion, or anything for that matter. My issue is more with the prosecution. It seems to be going a bit more the way of Al Capone and Elliot Ness than, well, anything that could resemble a good use of our courts. The nation thinks that Bonds is on some kind of juice, but there's no hard proof. So what next? Evidently someone had enough of a bug in his butt that they had to find something to prosecute him for. While he may not be headed for Alcatraz, Bonds would most likely face a fine (jail time is doubtful), joining the likes of Darryl Strawberry, Duke Snider and Willie McCovey. Forget Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth; how many people get parrellels drawn between them and Darryl Strawberry? Maybe he'll even play for the St. Paul Saints someday (for $10, he still ain't worth it).
On a side note, one might think that all this investigating, probing and prosecuting might get in the way of the man that might lead the Giants back to the playoffs. I don't really believe that last line. Doesn't the word "leading" imply that he is around enough to make a difference? Barry Bonds officially has 202 at-bats this season. Compare that to the 401 at-bats of Ichiro Suzuki. I can appreicate that Ichiro has more at-bats than most in the league, but you would think that to be classified as a leader you would need to be around more than half the time. Providing the occasional (meaningless to anything but the record) home run doesn't mean anything. Could he help their odds? Maybe. But it's a moot point, as the only reason that the 47-47 Giants are even in the race is because they are in the dwindling National League West.
In the end this isn't really about Bonds, tax evasion, or anything else they charge him with. This is about the War on Steriods and its attempt to put a guilty face on the "problem" whether the sentencing pertains to steroid use in particular or not. The prosecutors will keep looking until they can find something to sentence Bonds for. So nobody get too excited if some day you see a newspaper headline that says "BONDS FOUND GUILTY!", because it probably isn't for what you think it is.
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