It’s obvious that Barry Bonds’ playing career is over – although I firmly believe he could still OPS over .800 – but Barry Bonds still wants to be apart of the game he loves. After Barry Bonds was acquitted of perjury last season, we really haven’t heard much from the greatest hitter of this generation – until now. Barry Bonds was doing charity work for Big Brothers when he had this to say about his trial:
“I went through the system. And that’s what it is, and that’s what I got. I went through the system. I’m in an appeal process right now. I was never convicted of steroids.”
Even though I am probably one of the biggest Barry Bonds fans out there, I’m not naive enough to say he didn’t use steroids. I just don’t care he used steroids. I don’t care if anyone used steroids. To me, steroids are no different than cosmetic surgery for entertainers. Actors and actresses need to look their best in order to stay in the business, which is why some players take performance-enhancing drugs to stay in the game. I simply do not care who took PEDs when they weren’t banned by MLB. If you are caught now, however, then I can’t really support you since it’s obviously banned. But when Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa were running wild, I don’t care that they juiced. Hell, it made the game exciting.
Bonds spoke more about why he was the type of character he was back in early 2000s:
“I gave my life and soul to that game. That’s what’s heartbreaking. That’s the hard part of it. My (reputation) was kind of iffy anyway. I created that guy out there for entertainment only. Whether you hated me or liked me, you were there. And I only wanted you there. I just wanted you to see the show. That was it. All I ever wanted was for people to have a good time and enjoy it. It was fun to come out and people would boo or yay or whatever. They all showed up to see whatever would happen next and it motivated me to play hard.”
Then, there are the quotes that are a possible harbinger for things to come. First, from Barry Bonds:
“If Lincecum wants the answers, I’ll give them to him.”
Now, from Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy on the prospects of Barry Bonds possibly working with the team in some capacity:
“We have a great hitter here who has really accomplished so much.
I’d love to see Barry Bonds back in the game of baseball. There’s no one alive today that knows hitting better than Barry Bonds, so why not bring him back to the San Francisco Giants?. I’m sure it wouldn’t be the first convicted felon to have a job in baseball.
If Mark McGwire can be the hitting coach for a World Series champion team, there’s no reason Barry Lamar Bonds can’t be as well.
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