After reading the 12-page excerpt from the blockbuster new book Game of Shadows, and after listening to and reading all of the critical analysis that has accompanied this story, what remains unsaid is that Greg Anderson has ruined Barry Bonds' career and may be the person most responsible for Bonds not breaking the all-time home run record (assuming he doesn't).
Of course Bonds cannot escape blame, but Greg Anderson — thanks to his breathtaking lack of understanding with regards to how to train an elite athlete, with or without steroids — is responsible for causing Bondsâ physical breakdown.
Without Andersonâs ham-handed handling of his drug regimen, Bonds would already be the all-time home run king. If it wasnât for Greg Andersonâs lack of knowledge, Bonds would have passed the 800 home run mark, probably without an associated cloud of suspicion hovering overhead.
Without Greg Anderson Barry Bonds would have had a fighting chance to be a real hero to some people, and not a national disgrace.
Hereâs a passage from the Game of Shadows that describes Bondsâ personal trainer:
â(He) called himself the âWeight Guruâ and he had a sophisticated approach to training and he prescribed specific, intense workouts for muscle groups, and he tailored the program for baseball to maximize hitting power while maintaining agility. He could talk about nutrition and blood tests and body-fat percentages with such authority that you might mistake him for a doctor. Not incidentally, the Weight Guru was a longtime steroid user and dealer.â
This is all garbage. Anderson was a half-assed body builder who dabbled in taking and selling drugs. His ârepâ was earned through what is commonly known as âgym science,â where the biggest guy in the gym is thought to be an expert due to his large size. This large size is always due to the use of steroids. Guys like this just take drugs and lift weights without regard for function.
Guys like Anderson are a dime a dozen and have been hanging around local gyms all over the country for the past 30-plus years. They arenât athletes and should not be allowed anywhere near real athletes. Ever.
The major story here is how a steroid using meathead like Anderson, who possessed a Stone Age knowledge of strength and conditioning, got access to the greatest ballplayer of our generation, and in turn ruined him.
The drug regimen that Anderson designed for Bonds â in conjunction with a training program that was obsolete at least 20 years ago - is directly responsible for the series of serious injuries suffered by Bonds culminating in the degenerative knee condition that may end Bondsâ career before he could set the all-time home run record.