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This man might be an island
Commissioner Bud Selig is hemming and hawing about whether he'll be there when Bonds takes Henry Aaron down. Aaron himself has been much more direct -- he'd sooner be set on fire than watch Barry break his record. Fans don't like him. Players don't like him. The feds are trying to throw him in jail.
So it shouldn't be any great surprise that when asked whether he'll be donating anything from his home run chase to Cooperstown, Bonds said: "I'm not worried about the Hall. I take care of me."
Really, at this point the only people looking out for Barry seem to be 1) Barry; 2) Giants manager Bruce Bochy; 3) Barry's lawyers; 4) Greg Anderson, still sitting in prison.
We'll see if Barry has any more light to shed on the Cooperstown angle this afternoon at Shea Stadium. Traditionally, he speaks to the media before the first game of a road trip, and I'll be there to hear what he has to say.
In the meantime, here's an old-school 10 Spot nugget:
Officials at baseball's Hall of Fame are worried that Barry Bonds won't provide any souvenirs from his assault on the alltime home run record. That threatens plans to use Bonds' batting helmet to make Doubleday Field a domed stadium.
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Man, is it any wonder Bonds has a negative attitude toward sportswriters?
Bonds is probably the best baseball player in the world over the past twenty years. He gets ripped routinely by you and Rick Reilly, neither of whom would be considered the world's best anything. Sour grapes anyone?
I think he's perfectly correct not to give anything to the Hall. I don't like him, and think he's a cheat, but since he's getting crucified already, why try to be a nice guy to the HOF - he wouldn't get any value for it anyway.
The iriny of it all is that Bonds would have been one of the best power hitters in the history of baseball, even without steroids. Maybe not the home run king. But likely recognized as a better all around player than Ruth or Aaron. But he cheated, in order to become THE gretest player - something that would manifest itself in Cooperstown. So, by snubbing the HOF, is he not just denying the monumenet to Barry that he has been trying to build? -Doc
Wait, you mean after MLB decided to make Bonds the scapegoat for the entire steroids era despite the fact they were complicit with it's use in the era, Barry doesn't want to turn around and help them out?
Anon 11:36: I am glad that they are allowing you to use the internet from your jailcell Mr. Anderson.
I think he should give his batting helmet to YOU so we don't have to see the top of your head anymore!
Moving in a right field fence and allowing him to use steroids in order to beat one of the most sacred records in baseball...and people still back him up. We got McGwire and Palmero out of the game, yet people still call Bonds a scapegoat. We'd get off his case if he got out of baseball too. Stop protecting someone who is cheating the sport and doing whatever he can to ruin the game of baseball.
Being a fan of Bonds, I'll be the first to admit that he did use the growth hormone. (Your hat size doesn't grow naturally in your 30s) However, Barry is right not to give anything to the HOF or really back to baseball. Selig wants him to just go away. The government has made him the poster boy for their steriods investigation. Every fan outside of SF boos him.. Sports writers crucify him every chance they get. And people wonder why he's not a friendly guy to people outside his circle... Who would be?!?!?
And let's be honest, the only way he'll be able to see those items in the HOF, is if he pays for a ticket...
Why would the Hall of Fame want anything from Bonds? It would most likely be synthetic anyway!
I don't blame him at all. Until there is definitive proof, he's still the most feared batter. Why should he? Look at how they have treated him. I wouldn't give them a sock.
Prove it that he used the stuff. The media SUCKS no-a-days, quick to jump down someones throat.
anon 1:56 It's a shame that the book "Game of Shadows" is so void of definitive evidence.
I'm convinced that if there were video evidence of him shooting himself up in the rear end that even then he'd have the same fans somehow excusing his behavior.
Bonds' statement "I take care of me" is consistent with his attitude throughout his career...ME FIRST!!!
Anon. 2:25 p.m., Is "no-a-days" the media equivalent of the athlete's "two-a-days," i.e. a commentary on how the media doesn't work very hard compared to the people we cover? If so, very clever.
If, however, it's simply a mis-typed version of "nowadays," it's somewhat less clever. -- Thanks, Pete
anon 1:13 - "We got McGwire and Palmero out of the game, yet people still call Bonds a scapegoat."
I am especially impressed that you got McGwire out of the game before any articles and information about steroids were even prevalent to most. You obviously must be some kind of insider with unspeakable power.
I am less impressed with your ability to get Rafael Palmeiro out of the game after his skills diminished him to a parttime player on a poor team and he failed a drug test. Unless of course you were referring to Emilio Palmero of the Washington Nationals in the 1920's. Then, I am even more impressed that you were able to root out roid users so long ago.
And I am sure your constant griping will convince Bonds to stop short of the alltime homerun record.
By the way, I do not condone or support Bonds for cheating (He is a snake for doing it. I just find it hypocritical how MLB treats him when they are just as guilty).
So he won't give anything to the HOF, but he wants people to give the stuff back to him?!
Bond's is garbage and anything he own's is garbage so why would they even want anything from him for the HOF .He is more like the biggest cheater in baseball than the best in baseball . Is he going to give the HOF a bottle of the Juice he took when playing , that's about the only thing real about him ...
from da boy vince
I don't really care about Bonds, but if he never got caught they should stop some of the criticism.Anyway, he shouldn't give them anything, at least until he is sure he got in.He should also give them the syringes and any extra roids they might want.
People please...let us consider one thing. You all can call him a cheater all you want to, but has he ever tested positive for a banned substance (other than amphetamines...whoopie)? I think not. So instead of basing your opinions off of what he may or may not have done, let us commend him for what he is about to do.
If he should ever test positive for a banned substance, then we can tar and feather him and throw him into the Kalihari Desert.
Ha, since baseball has such a strong drug-testing procedure in place...why should we commend him if he cheated to get where he is?
I am by no means a Bonds fan, but the guy can hit. He was good before the steroids, and I can't blame the guy for giving the finger to Selig, The Hall and the entire MLB.
They'll never be able to prove anything with this steroid accusations. R. Kelly will probably go to trial before this Mitchell Probe ever finds anything substantial to charge anybody with.
When it's all said and done, Barry will have the HR record, all the HR balls, a huge bank account...and most importantly, the last laugh.
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