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9/24/2007 12:00:00 PM
Future Career Options for Barry Bonds
What does the future hold for Barry Bonds?
Photo by AP
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
He is baseball's home run king, and he's about to be without a job. After 15 years with the San Francisco Giants, the Giants have announced they plan on letting Barry Bonds walk away this fall. We already know he's good at walking, but the question now becomes, what should he walk toward? Here's a few employment options for Bonds...
1. Major League Baseball player: Barry may be 43 years old and have rickety knees, but he can still drive the ball (he's got 28 home runs this season in limited action). We know his injury-prone body means he'll probably move to the American League, where he could DH, but I'd love to see him in Colorado for a year or two, where the altitude might give him another hundred homers before he retires.
2. Media Member: For years now Bonds has complained about the way he's been covered by various news organizations. Now's his chance to change the way he's perceived. Much like Sterling Sharpe or Reggie Miller, Bonds can go from being the guy who's a jerk to the media to the guy who's suddenly nice and friendly all the time. It's not too late, Barry.
3. Hat Model: The man has worn a cap nearly every day of his life for decades now, so he knows how to rock a fitted. It doesn't hurt that his cranium appears to continue to grow each season.
4. Health Food Store clerk: Barry allegedly admitted to taking steroids known as "the cream" and "the clear," although he said he thought he was taking a dose of flaxseed oil. Now that he has more free time, he could finally read up on all the legal supplements available and advise other people on how to stay in the same remarkable shape that he's maintained.
5. Politician: Many sports figures find their second act in Washington on Capitol Hill. From Bill Bradley to Dick Versace,
politics is a way for people who've made a nice living to give something back. I'd love to see Barry go to D.C. and mount a huge steroid investigation. Not likely, though.
What should Barry Bonds do with his time next summer? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
He will go out of sight and mind when he leaves baseball. Sometime later, he will be brought into the public eye again as a cautionary tale. His fierce pride will have him dodge the media and hold his tongue, but his body will be broken. He will suffer incapacities resulting from his years of drug abuse. Eventually, death will come and release him.
Barry should build the bars around Pete Rose's prison - the OTHER greatest of all time who will never get the respect that their accomplishments on the field of play have earned them. Pete and Barry are in the same sinking ship - tarnished personalities, and already found guilty in the court of public opinion.
You can't accomplish what they have, and not be great ballplayers. While nobody will question Pete's legitimate claim to Cooperstown, I have serious doubts that he will ever see his plaque on the wall. While Barry's offenses are more publicised and have taken place in the day and age of the internet and talk radio, so more cassual fans are aware of it, there is even less of a case against him - yet he is the one how is more often crucified.
While off the field behavior is part of what makes a Hall of Famer, the NFL has not removed OJ from Canton.
What Barry does with the rest of his life/career is Barry's business - it is not for us to sit back and debate. I wish Barry continued success, and hope that HIS record stands for generations to come, and that someday, he will be as beloved as the Babe and Hank are today.
If I were in Barry's shoes, I would find a nice secluded piece of property and stay as far from the public eye as possible until the day Cooperstown came calling.
To the person who wrote that there is "less of a case" against B*nds, I really wish you would do at least a LITTLE research before making such an obviously incorrect statement.
Here's a guy who ADMITTED TO TAKING STEROIDS. Yes, he admitted it. To a Grand Jury. I'd say that's pretty damning evidence, wouldn't you? Oh yeah, and should we forget about him FAILING A DRUG TEST last year, for amphetamines?
This man is a cancer on baseball, his accomplishments are tarnished, and any knowledgeable person who is willing to look at both sides of the issue knows this.
Why do people say Bonds should go away and leave us all alone? When has he ever NOT left you alone? I desperately wish people would try to be less hateful. I think he should play baseball, because that's what he wants to do.
Bonds never admitted to using steroids btw. He said if he did he was unaware of it in his grand jury testimony. Please do not misconstrue the facts please when building a case against someone. Is it probable Barry used? Yes. Was he friendly to the media? No. Is he being crucified for hundreds of ballplayers of this era? Yes. Simply put he is being a scape goat for MLB on an issue they helped to create many years ago. Mark Ecko should be ashamed for destroying baseball history and it's legacy. In time the truth will reveal itself, it is un-warranted to do what Mark Ecko will be doing with the 756 ball.
He should just retire and be embarassed that his home run record he got is tarnished with stereroids. He is nothing but cheater and he is and would be an insult to the REAL athletes who are in the Hall Of Fame today!