I'm torn over this subject. I've written about the lack of loyalty in baseball, and yet here I am about to argue against loyalty as a whole. Please bear with me as I get this out.
I've never been to prison - knock on wood - so I don't know if it is a bit of a joke (coffee shops and horseback riding) or OZ, drop-the-soap stuff that I don't even want to think about. I can only imagine that it isn't that bad, otherwise he might not want to go back. In fact, you would think that testifying would be an easy thing to do. Unless it isn't so easy. Bonds and Anderson are childhood friends. Okay, that's nice, but what's that have to do with anything; unless there's something that he can't say about his friend. Wow, now that's loyalty.
Prison on one hand and testifying before the Grand Jury and possibly implicating the man that doesn't seem too interested in your freedom in the other; am I missing something? Is there some way that Bonds is "compensating" for his friends' silence that we (I) am not aware of? Or is this the very definition of loyalty? Maybe the actual definition of friend is eluding me, so I looked it up. Friend: n. - 1. A person whom one knows likes and trusts. 2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. 3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade (interesting!) 4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause or movement.
I like those definitions; they raise debate, but they don't answer anything. How about loyal? Loyal: adj. - 1. Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government or sovereign (nope). 2. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause or duty (sounds a bit closer). Okay, that didn't really help. You know what, I don't care what Mr. Webster says; friendship means not having to be in that position.
Maybe Anderson will testify, maybe he won't. Maybe he will testify and lie to protect a friend (gasp!). Maybe he will testify and confirm everything that we have been assuming. Or maybe, just maybe, we are wrong. Not just about what we as fans and a nation of inquiring minds seem to want to be true, but about why we seem to want it to true to begin with.