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Barry Bonds is sitting pretty, right where you don’t want him to. You say you couldn’t care less; and yet you couldn’t stop watching him, stop talking about him, nor stop writing about him. He’s discussed, dissected and dished for every menu item.

If there’s anything wrong, it’s in the game everyone but baseball plays with him. He only plays baseball.

Yes. He’s not an endearing one you send invites to. He’s always been that way, a jerk, when I hear what you say, when I read what you write.

But he’s respected. No. Not by you.

He’s respected by the pitchers who pitch to him, respected by the managers who sweat every time he’s out there.

That’s what Barry cares about. He knows he’s feared and he will be as long he chooses to play.

And that he has earned. You didn’t hand it out to him. Neither did I. And that was long before he allegedly injected himself with steroids.

Ask any player, any game, any sport. Everyone will zero in on one thing: respect – the respect of the opposition. Everything else comes next. You play the game to win – not to win a popularity vote. Barry’s what Barry does regardless of what you think of how he does it.

Likely he’s cheated: cheated the game of baseball, cheated the fans who pay to watch a game played out fairly – a fair expectation from fair fans who are fair to the Babe, fair to his legacy because Babe’s fair and his numbers are fair in an era of all-fair baseball.

But as of now, it’s only likely that Bonds cheated.

He’s not playing so will send him flowers. He’s playing the game like he’s always played, like he owns it, like he’s born to play the game, and like Barry Bonds.

You see, it’s a matter of sending the ball where the boo begins and Barry ends.

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  • sal m

    i would totally agree with you except that he’s hitting only .240…and the argument can be made that he’s being walked for reasons other than respect.

    to clog up the basepaths, so he doesn’t hit a homerun, etc.

    there’s no doubt that bonds has earned respect around the league, but it’s only may. let’s see how much of that respect still exists come the dog days of summer.

  • http://secondvibe.blogspot.com Q Bit

    He still leads the league in walks… somewhere around 35 i suppose and I think around 15-20 are intentional.

    True he’s hitting only 0.24 but wait till he passes Babe.

  • http://www.mrjerz.org/ mrjerz

    I was at the Dodgers-Giants game yesterday, and can say that for the second straight game, the Dodgers went at him. And for the second straight game, he went 0-3. So I’m getting the impression that he’s a little bit less feared than the past few years. Plus, what’s better is that there are things coming from his teammates and manager that suggest all is not too great in the Giants clubhouse. If San Fran turns on him, he’ll have nobody.

  • http://www.vitaminz.blogspot.com Zach Baker

    “But as of now, it’s only likely that Bonds cheated.”
    In reading Game of Shadows, I don’t agree the steroid use is “likely.” I think there is a comprehensive and complete list of evidence that proves it.
    Perhaps the journalists who wrote the book staked their careers and reputations on fake evidence, but I don’t see that as a reality.
    If someone reads Game of Shadows and is not convinced of Bonds’ guilt, then I doubt proof exists, short of catching him in the act.
    And really, Bonds is not playing the game the way he always played it. He used to be more than just a home run hitter. He also used to be clean.

  • http://secondvibe.blogspot.com Q Bit

    @mrjerz
    Yes. You are right. It also seems to me that he’s little less feared. But he still leads the league in walks. And he’s struggling since 713.
    Yeah.. I was particularly surprised to learn that Bonds wasn’t there when the Giants won Saturday’s game. Naturally nobody in the clubhouse was happy about it. But that’s Barry — I don’t know what else to say.

    @ Zach

    I disagree with you. What we have now are only allegations and not proven in the court. If you want to label someone guilty based on a book, please go ahead.

    And yes, the gold glove days are well past him. I mean at times he’s just a liability on the field. But he can still hit. But as I said before, wait till he catches/ passes Babe.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    Like the sign I saw said…the Babe did it on hotdogs and beer! He should get his name in the record books just like Maris did. Bonds is hurting now because by using steroids…ok…ok…allegedly..he burned the candle at both ends and he’s coming to the end of the wick. He’ll break Ruth’s record…but it’ll be like Maris…Maris had more games…Bonds had more ‘juice’…yeah yeah…allegedly…and dads’ will always tell their kids…he didn’t play fair…that’s why there’s an asterik next to his name…