Many thanks to Mark
Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams for nailing Barry Bonds and to SI for running
the excerpt from Game of Shadows (The Truth, March 13). Sports journalism is
overrun with pundits and opiners; it's refreshing to see some investigative
reporting. It would be even more refreshing to see Bonds walk away from the
game--that would be his first honorable act in many years.
Did we really need
a book to convince us that Bonds and Mark McGwire took steroids? No one in the
history of any sport gets that much better as they reach an advanced age.
What's really disappointing is that on the same day news about this book came
out, baseball lost Kirby Puckett--a man who brought real joy to the game--and
for a split second I wondered if steroids contributed to his death. How do even
the innocent players regain our trust?
I would hate to see
commissioner Bud Selig interfere with Bonds's run at the record, tainted though
it may be. It would be unfair because it is not clear that Bonds did anything
against the rules of baseball. It is also unnecessary because no reasonable fan
believes that Bonds has not used performance-enhancing drugs. If the
commissioner steps in to prevent Bonds from achieving the record, Bonds would
become a martyr, a role that he does not deserve. Whether Bonds retires with
756 or 1,000 home runs, the standard set by Henry Aaron will continue to be the
benchmark by which all power hitters should be judged.
Bonds is not only a
cheat, he is a rude, spoiled, arrogant, inconsiderate jerk! Did I f------
After the Black Sox
scandal, baseball took the drastic step of hiring a commissioner to clean up
and protect the game. Today baseball needs a new commissioner to restore
integrity and credibility. A most appropriate choice: Henry Aaron.