I have learned something, I appreciate the research Bower.
Granting you the point only as evidenced by the side presented by the guy who wrote the book…why hasn’t he tested positive since? Has he formulated something over the past 8 years that can avoid all testing? Is he the only one that smart? Granting that he took whatever, and do understand that Bonds isn’t anything to me other than what he is, a baseball player who competed against my team and who accumulated a bunch of homers…was he “good”? yep but I look at the way the sport has changed (As late as the 60’s players still took off season jobs to pay the bills). and how we as a society create myths and mythic heros and say “who is to blame”? When you accept gazillions of dollars, it also is selling your privacy and it gives license to every person paying attention to hold you to whatever standard is the era’s “norm”, well the era of Bonds was this…Home Run is King! It packs them in the stands and it makes em watch on TV, we pay home run hitters the most, we glorify them to a plateau, now as a coincedental thing, the body building and conditioning craze that happened at the same time, provided a pathway in which more athletes got bigger, stronger, faster…now consider this, every person who was around had opportunity to do the same things…some like Caminini and Alzado died, some say because of it, but the truth is we all let it happen, few understood how the science had gotten in front of the ethics of it . Despite all of that, only one human being out of all of those who had the same pathway available made it to where he is, says accomplishment on the face of it (300 million human beings in our country today…2/3 of that alive when he came into the league, only one made it in the game long enough to surpass a record set 40 odd years before), now excluding injury, looks like A Rod is there within the decade…is he cheating? Or are we as the culture of baseball (Fans, players, administration, umpires) enabling the sport to deliver more homers?
Bonds is an “up yours” kinda person, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him, he is very comfortable in his own skin. When he passes away, how many generations of Bonds will be wealthy beyond him? His record, astrick or not will be there, someone will ultimately pass him.
Baseball lives on in my opinion, unharmed by Barry Bonds. Look at the other two main sports…people being involved in murder/drugs/sex crimes seemingly regularly and baseball has Bonds…could it be better? Maybe in a perfect world our heros would all be John Wayne…I assure you that even his life when held up to modern scrutiny would not be a pretty picture…as long as we are all human we’ll make mistakes…Some like Micheal Jordan can maintain a good enough repore with the media to go down in history with shining armor…Cal Ripken, Lou Gerhig also come to mind…Anyone remember how beloved OJ was before his wife met up with her untimely demise? These are only just one or two people in the world of popular culture who have ever, ever sat at the top and not had mud hit their face.