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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Barry Bonds is Done

In a slight diversion from the ever growing monstrosity which is March college basketball, two San Francisco Chronicle reporters are set to release a book, Game of Shadows, which details how Barry Bonds went from phenomenal baseball player to a walking drug experiment. The book, excerpted in Sports Illustrated tells of how Bonds in a fit of jealously over the McGwire-Sosa home run chase in 1998 begain using a cocktail of steroids, growth hormones, women's fertility drugs, and designer performance enhancers. And we are shocked about this? Of course not. We knew he was juiced, the evidence of his physical transformation was enough to tell us he was taking something to enhance his training. What was shocking to me was the depth to which he went. He was talking multiple combinations of drugs which (1) have no business being taken together and (2) were never intended to be used in the way he was using them. Bonds took Clomid, which is a fertitlity drug. He took steroids intended for cattle. He also used a stimulant prescribed to people who cannot stay awake due to narcalepsy. This was not merely trying to get an edge by adding some muscle or improving his bat speed. This was an effort to transform himself into some sort of super athlete with the intent of breaking the home run record. Is there any difference between what Bonds has done and those movie/comic mad scientists who monkey around with an experiment and turn themselves into a super human creature? Not much. I think the ultimate conclusion of this whole saga is how absolutely sad and pathetic Bonds ended up being. He already possessed a legacy and a Hall of Fame career. No one would hesitate to call him one of the greatest players in the history of the game based on his body of work up until 1998. But ego and envy robbed him of that legacy and has now virtually destroyed any hope he had of being in the Hall of Fame. Some might argue that baseball never prohibited steroids. How can a drug which the Federal government has deemed illegal be considered legal under the rules of baseball? Are not the laws of the U.S. greater than the rules of baseball? If something is illegal then by definition it is not a legal part of any game which is played within the borders of the United States and therefore renders any players who engages in that behavior a cheater. I do not see how Bonds can play now. This is not a few interviews and some conjecture, these guys have evidence from the Feds and records from BALCO which corrabrate the account. I would expect in a few weeks it will be determined that Bonds' knee is once again injured and he will quietly leave the game with his legacy in tatters.

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