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If only home runs generated moral mileage

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Barry Bonds is going to be allowed to play baseball through the 2007 season, just so he can tie or break Hank Aaron’s home run record. Doesn’t that make you feel sunny? Athletes getting special treatment? The hell you speak!

Bud Selig and Major League Baseball talk the talk about drugs, but they don’t walk the walk. It is common knowledge that Bonds used steroids. Bonds’ personal weight trainer gave him access to drugs from a San Francisco-based pharmaceuticals company. The performance-enhancing drugs were also given to other players, who remain in uniform as well. Selig says that “we at MLB strive for zero tolerance” as it relates to steroids and promises that they’ll do everything in their power to get zero tolerance.

Yet, the fact, remains that Bonds – as well as Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and others – are free to still play the game. In fact, Bonds has now been given special dispensation to play the game that he has abused. Baseball should be a game of natural skill. But Selig is content to let these guys trump nature in the quest to hit towering home runs. Hey, as long as the fans get the offense they pay for, who cares about drug abuse?

Fact: Steroids are a Schedule III Controlled Substance as defined by U.S. Federal Law. So, guess what? If you use steroids, you are breaking the law. Everyone from the street kid to the company CEO cannot legally use such substances to work out with or they risk a one-year prison term. You would think that enough evidence exists to say that Bonds has used illegal drugs and must face the law. If not a fine or jail sentence, certainly the end of his career would seem just punishment.

But, no. Darryl Strawberry sniffed as many lines of coke as he pleased and was allowed to play. Selig suspended him for sixty days. That’ll learn him! And Bonds can openly admit to shooting steroids and the response is – stay on, kid, you’ve got an audience to please.

If Selig and Major League Baseball want to get tough and have a zero-tolerance approach to drugs, then they need to kick the bums out who’ve used them. Bonds should have been told years ago, after the 2003 season when his steroid use was uncovered, that his talents were no longer desired. What better way to send a message to young upstarts who covet a stellar Major League career, that if you fuck with drugs, your career is fucked.

Seems so simple and straightforward. But not in the world our sports “heroes” live in. I love the game of baseball too much not to be tortured by this pansy-ass regime that Selig is running. As long as he can entice people to ballparks, why be bothered about the moral aspect of the game? No time for that as long as The Barry Bonds Show comes to a stadium near you!

Here’s another fact to chew on: Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs through his own power. What a worthless milestone Barry Bonds will achieve if that record is tied or broken. One wonders if Bonds would be in this position if he hadn’t pumped himself full of chemicals.

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  • Might be small detail to add – Hank Aaron is still alive.

    Being alive he has already said he won’t take part in any celebration of Bonds if he were to break his record.

    I didn’t use to mind; any player has a right to be prickly. But now I do mind.

  • Thanks, TS, for pointing out that Aaron is still alive, shame on me for not knowing that … I think he does have a right to be prickly about it. Fact is, if Bonds broke his record through natural talent, that’s one thing – tip your hat to the man. But he hasn’t. He played many a season pumped up with steroids. Aaron has the right to be prickly about it.

  • Exactly.

    Your blurb needs changing. Shall I or you?

    I wonder why Bonds has slacked off on his play this year. Could it be a guilty conscience and the respect for the game coming ahead of personal ambition and riches? (Now that’s he’s got his, of course, it’s much easier)

  • Brad Christensen

    Barry Bonds should honor the game and retire immediately in disgust. Hank Aaron took no drugs and suffered incredible racism in Atlanta on his was to setting the home run record at 755. Hank Aaron also has long been active in the community and of the fight against spit tobacco, as well as a willing signer of autographs and an inspiration to us all. What has Barry done except dishonor the game, endulge in self-pity and pump himself full of drugs???

  • Brad Christensen: “What has Barry done except dishonor the game, endulge in self-pity and pump himself full of drugs???”

    Exactly. Aaron is the real hero. It’s a disgrace for a self-pitying, ruthlessly individualistic (as opposed to team player), drug-abusing idiot like Bonds to break a truly good man’s record.

    Temple Stark: “Your blurb needs changing. Shall I or you? I wonder why Bonds has slacked off on his play this year.”

    All changed. Thanks again, TS. Bonds is out, recuperating from an injury. The reason why he will stay on through 2007 is because he probably won’t return before the 2006 season.

  • sal m

    this is a little late in the game…but here goes anyway…

    aaron is pissed at bonds, but not for using drugs to break his record but for not being healthy enough to break his record AND for not being able to break it with a squeaky clean image.

    aaron is losing HUGE amounts of money – probably more than he ever made in his life – by Bonds being out. mastercard cancelled a huge bonds/aaron promotional campaign that was to capitalize on the breaking of the home run record. also, aaron stood to make another fortune off of the merchandising of his memorabilia that would have materialized if bonds broke his record without the taint of steroids.

    by aaron’s silence – at least in my book – is supporting what bonds has done. and i won’t waste my time worrying about a record that the holder himself isn’t worried about.