barry bonds steroids

Nowadays, it’s rare to hear someone defending Barry Bonds except from this disgraced slugger’s legal defense team. Almost everybody seems to have this inclination to punch Bonds in the nuts these days. We said ‘almost everybody’ because here’s someone who has this ‘clearer’ perspective on the issue. Excerpts from the Baseball Digest Daily blog:

I’m amazed that Bonds engenders so much hatred that people all but imply that they’re cool with rigged pennant races so long as Barry Bonds somehow is harmed by it.

We think of some of the heinous acts committed by folks employed by MLB: people abuse their spouses, utter death threats to children they fathered, commit rape and sexual assault, are vocal bigots, abuse and deal drugs, risk (and harm) innocent people’s lives by drinking and driving, commit various felonies etc. but people have saved up their vitriol for a man who (1) is a rude, self centered individual–a common species in MLB (2) has used anabolic steroids–also a common species in MLB and (3) has treated members of the media poorly (see 1 and 2) because…?

Bonds perjury trial is scheduled to commence March 2, 2009 and he is facing 15 federal charges of lying to a grand jury about his steroid use; he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Bonds currently holds the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and is the recipient of the most number of Most Valuable Player awards – seven in all.

Bonds is the central figure in two books Game of Shadows and Love Me, Hate Me. In Game of Shadows, written by reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, Bonds was alleged to have used stanozolol (winstrol) and other anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs to deliver those impressive home runs.

In the biographical Love Me, Hate Me, Bonds was described as “an insufferable braggart, whose mythical home runs are rivaled only by his legendary ego.” Writer Jeff Pearlman sought more than five hundred interviews to present to the public the persona of the now notorious slugger – both in and out of the playing field.