Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Barry Bonds...Real or a Fraud?

I'm sure you've already heard the lastest news regarding Barry Bonds and his doping. Well if not, there is a new book out that details the drugs and reasons for Barry taking performance inhancing substances. In their book "Game of Shadows", Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, write in detail: the drugs that Barry took, the method, when he started and why he started.

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams are both writers for the San Francisco Chronicle. They received the George Polk Award for their investigation into BALCO and allegations amongst high profile athletes like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi. They based this book off of thousands of pages of documents and interviews with roughly 200 people. The book says that the reason Bonds started taking the steriods was because he was jealous of the attention and the stats that Mark McGwire was getting, McGwire hit a then record 70 Home Runs in 1998. It also goes on to list the types of drugs he was ingesting and injecting into himself. Those drugs included: Winstrol, Deca-Durabolin, Insulin, Testosterone decanoate, Human growth hormones, Norbolethone, Trenbolone and Clomid. Winstrol is a popular anabolic steriod. Deca-Durabolin promotes excellent size and strength. Trenbolone enhances the muscle tone of cattle.

I personally have never been much of a Barry Bonds fan, a grew up watching Mark McGwire and tried to copy his batting stance when I played baseball. I was in awe watching him belt 400 foot homers never thinking about the possibility that he might be on some kind of performace enhanced drugs. When the scandel took over baseball last spring and McGwire took oath before congress I still held out hope that Mark would let it be known that he was clean. Well he did the opposite and basically pleaded the 5th to any question that was asked of him. That all but assured the fact that the numbers he put up just weren't natural, it was tainted. The same applies to Barry Bonds. He will forever be a scar on baseball when we all look back on the game in 25 to 50 years. His ranking as a home run king will be in the books but not diservingly so.

As a Braves fan I would rather the career home run leader be anyone bu Barry Bonds.
We may never know 100% of the truth but with Bonds you're either for him or against him, I'm in the later. If I had a vote in the Hall of Fame, I wouldn't elect Bonds nor McGwire and not even Sosa and Palmerio. They are all stains on the game that is America's Past time.


At March 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonds is a cheater, he doesn't deserve to hold the home run record. If Pete Rose can't be in the Hall of Fame then Barry shouldn't either. Good stuff my man.


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