The great Barry Bonds has been sentenced to 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation for obstruction of justice.
This move pretty much sealed the fate of Barry Bonds, if it wasn’t already tainted to begin with. Personally, Bonds was one of my favorite players of all-time growing up. Through his time in the game, I was always defending the man who won countless MVP awards, all-star trips and Gold Glove’s.
After the strike of 1994, the game of baseball took a turn for the worse. Lifelong fans turned their backs to “America’s Pastime” and began to focus on other sports like football and basketball. However, during the 1998 season two corrupt baseball players decided to bring the fans back to the game by themselves. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were introduced to the world as they began to bring back the love to America’s first love.
Barry Bonds saw this act of deception as a slap in the face. He was the king of the sport in the late 1990′s and it was his sport to defend. Instead, two sluggers who were merely glorified home run hitters were stealing his thunder and his MVP’s. Needless to say, Bonds responded the only way he knew how…through action.
As bad as his motivation was for his decisions then, he allegedly began using and thus took back the game that was once his. Bonds did it in torrid fashion too, wiping away McGwire’s single-season record home run mark only two years after McGwire set it.
The steroid era brought back fans to baseball, but in a dishonest way. In the same light, the steroid era has also pushed a great deal of fans away from the game. More fans are suspicious of baseball players now, then ever before in any American sport. The crazy thing is, even with America’s watchful eye on the sport, guys like Ryan Braun and Manny Ramirez still think they’re untouchable and continue abusing PED’s. The game of baseball will never be looked at the same way, and Barry Bonds and company were the guys who started the downfall back in the 1990′s.
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