The NBC and MLB Network broadcaster has an issue with some of the reaction to Barry Bonds being found guilty of only obstruction of justice.
What was it about the Barry Bonds trial and aftermath that drew your ire?
Bob Costas: It's definitely not about Barry Bonds. What irks me is that people just can't come to terms with what is obvious. Some continue to try to soft-peddle the impact that steroids had on the game. You'll hear [critics say] there was cheating in every era. Yes, there was. But this was the most effective form of cheating. It's only steroid use that completely distorted the game ... that didn't just give guys an edge but transformed them. And at the top of that list is Barry Bonds. When you see [Giants pitcher] Matt Cain say that the verdict proves that Barry Bonds did nothing wrong, you say to yourself, maybe [Cain] should stick to pitching and stay away from deductive reasoning.
Who do you consider the single-season and alltime home run kings?
BC: Roger Maris. Hank Aaron.
I don't think a Hall of Famer uses performance-enhancing drugs at any point in his career. Do you think some players who did use should get in?
BC: Your feeling, and the feelings of others, is: I don't care if you hit 800 home runs and the last year of your career you used and you were caught, you're out. I can appreciate that argument. On the other hand, I also think it's plausible for someone to make a distinction between the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens—who were clearly Hall of Famers before they ever [were accused of] juicing—and someone like Sammy Sosa or Mark McGwire, who I don't think would have had Hall of Fame credentials had they not used steroids.
Is Barry Bonds a Hall of Famer?