It's time for Giants owners to rehire Barry Bonds. Long past time, actually.
Well, ok, that's my fantasy. But any Giants player, like any Giants fan, knows that hitting is what the Giants lack most. Hitting and knowing how to win. There'll be no joy in San Francisco till those needs are met.
And the Giants could do much worse than to rehire the best hitter in baseball.
The Giants owners continue to pay Bonds in deferred money, $5 million per year for five years. And they always had a bargain in Bonds. Bonds sold more seats than any player in baseball, ever.
Bonds sold tickets all around the league. Every team which played the Giants from 2001 on saw a huge spike in seats sold whenever Bonds came to town.
That he's unable to get a contract with any team might not spell collusion to you, but if it doesn't, you cannot spell.
With Bonds in the lineup, how much better would Sandoval's numbers be? With Bonds batting behind him, there'd be no stopping the Panda.
Sure, Bonds is old, broken down to a more human level. And when he can sneak into a Roscoe's without being chased out by Dodgers fans he'll probably be getting heavier eating all the chicken and waffles he can buy on $5 million per year.
Bonds still is Bonds. And a broken down, old and fat Bonds still is the class hitter in all of baseball. He's still the guy who built AT&T park and fattened up the bank accounts of every owner in Major League Baseball.
All baseball owners threw Barry under the bus and Giants owners went along with it precisely and solely because managing owner McGowan was prominently mentioned in the Mitchell report and every owner knew that every owner was implicated, directly, in the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.
Should Barry Bonds have expected some loyalty from Giants owners? Yes, if they were decent human beings, they'd have stood up for him. However, Baseball owners have proven they are not decent human beings, and the Mitchell Report they commissioned implicated them all as prime actors in the use of performance enhancing drugs.
So they trashed Barry Bonds because hey, he's unpopular, anyway, right?
It's time, long past time, to clear the air and to correct past mistakes.
Besides, if the owners don't come clean, they'll continue to harm the game. Following the example set by baseball's owners and Commissioner Bud Selig, some of the, shall we say, lesser players have begun taking shots at Bonds, in whatever way they can, however speciously.
The Giants owners need to do the decent, stand-up thing and bring back the game's best hitter.
Don't count on it happening though. Right now they are planning to build a statue of Bud Selig in Milwaukee.
Yeah, that'll sell some tickets.