I have been a Barry Bonds fan ever since his days with the Pirates. I can’t believe all the shit he has gotten/is getting about his accomplishment (i.e., beating Henry Aaron’s record of 755 career homers), inarguably one of the greatest in baseball history.
It seems to come down to two things: Bonds is a dick and uses steroids. I call total BULLSHIT on both counts.
One, as I said, I was a fan since way back when and never noticed Bonds was a dick. I never invited him over to my house, nor did I ever hang out with him at parties. All I requested is that he play great defensive and offensive ball, and that is exactly what he DID.
So where are people getting off with this bitching? Are they reading “graphic novels” of his life story and experiencing SDMB-style RO at some of his personal shit? It’s total bull because you won’t get worked up about that shit if you don’t get into his meaningless, personal shit! Duh.
Second there is the accusation of steroid use. This is crap on so many levels I feel like spitting with frustration. First, Bonds has never failed a steroid test–EVER! And he says he never juiced, and maybe if I were an endocrinologist I might have an opinion on the matter but, being a layman on the issue, I’m inclined to take the negative test results and Bonds’ word at face value. If that makes me naive, well then fuck it because, again, my purpose is to enjoy great baseball and not go fucking Sherlock on the sport. It’s not really your business, people!
But then like I give a fuck in the first place whether he does or doesn’t. (Is this a goddam Miss Clairol ad?! Fucking unreal!) If everyone was doing it, then everyone was doing it. It’s not like there were all these angels and then Barry alone is the devil. Can’t people see the contradiction in that? Just like previous eras in baseball, as though people weren’t popping all kinds of pills. It’s just a fact that players were doing speed for the longest time, well into the 1960s.
Then, if Bonds took roids and others didn’t, it’s not as though there’s not a fuckload of legal supplements on the market (N.O. Explode, creatine, etc. etc.) that don’t wreck HAVOC with your bod and make you bigger, a better performer, whatever. Couldn’t someone achieve at least 70% of Bonds’ “unfair” advantage with legal shit? Of course they could. So I don’t think it’s even a real point: Dudes are going to supplement their way to hugeness.
So the real dick isn’t Bonds (his body may be tainted, but his heart is pure: just look at how tender he his toward both his parents, especially his “Moms”) but the spoilsports who just want to ruin a special moment and a very special record with their negativity. (And no, I don’t think it’s racism, I think it’s just the asshole side of human nature and our especially negative era) Hank Aaron had class, if you saw his clip. If only people in general were not such motherfuckers and could celebrate a great achievement.