not a diabetic."
Bonds said he had
paid Anderson $15,000 for supervising his weight training. "I paid him in
cash," he testified. "I make 17 million."
At the end of the
more than three-hour session, the grand jurors were given a chance to question
the superstar. "With all the money you make, have you ever considered
building a mansion" for Anderson, a grand juror asked.
black," Bonds replied. "And I'm keeping my money. And there's not too
many rich black people in this world. There's more wealthy Asian people and
Caucasian and white. And I ain't giving my money up."
With that, they
were done. Nedrow seemed pleased. It had been a slow process, but the
prosecutor understood why it had taken so long: When you know what a witness
knows, and they won't tell you what you know they know, it takes more time.
seemed to think that the session had gone well: He left the room confident that
he had asserted control over the government's inquiry, just as he controlled
his baseball team and, for that matter, most of the people in his life. His
reputation had been preserved and his well-guarded secret had not been
But as the
government would learn, Bonds and his inner circle hadn't been so discreet
about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. By the time Bonds was subpoenaed
before the BALCO grand jury, more than a dozen people either had been told
directly that he was using banned drugs, had seen him using the drugs with
their own eyes, or had been provided with information that made the conclusion
he was doping inescapable.
On Oct. 26, 2005,
the White Sox completed a World Series sweep of the Houston Astros, clinching
Chicago's first championship since 1917. More than the end of an 88-year
drought, the moment marked the exorcism of baseball's worst demon: the Black
Sox scandal of 1919.
But there was a
new scandal that posed an ongoing threat to the game. By last fall it was
apparent to the general public that a great many players, including some of the
major leagues' biggest stars, had been using steroids and other illegal drugs
for years. Public opinion was divided about BALCO. Polls showed that the
majority of fans considered baseball's steroid problem serious and wanted the
cheaters punished. But those who were cynical about the game believed that
BALCO was merely typical of a society driven to enhance its performance and
publication of Game of Shadows on March 27, however, it will be harder for even
the most jaded fan to shrug off the use of drugs in sports. In addition to the
revelations included here about Barry Bonds, the book examines, in startling
detail, the systematic use of a wide array of illegal drugs by other major
leaguers, NFL players and track and field athletes who, like Bonds, were
performing at the very highest levels of their sport.