The Barry Bonds saga is finally over.
The stigmatized slugger received thirty days of house arrest, two years probation and 250 hours of community service in court today. Bonds, who was guilty of obstruction of justice from his 2003 grand jury testimony on his trainer Greg Anderson, was facing many months behind bars.
The Bonds story – whether you like him or not – has spiraled into a dark abyss. I’m just glad the witch-hunt is over, and the greatest slugger – steroids or not – the game has ever seen can move on.
Even as a lifelong Bonds fan, I can’t consider him one of the best players of all-time, but I can consider him the best player of this era. And that’s all this Steroid Era is, it’s just another era in the great game of baseball.
For the first time next year, Bonds will be eligible for the Hall of Fame. It will be very interesting to see how the voting will go for one of the game’s best player and now, sentenced criminal.