March 8, 2006

Bonds’ Steroid Use Exposed

Bonds is on the juice. Who knew?On March 27, the book Game of Shadows, written by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, will hit the shelves everywhere. The book details the extensive steroid use of slugging superstar Barry Bonds since 1998. An excerpt of the book is available on SI.com and will appear in the March 13 issue of Sports Illustrated to hit shelves tomorrow.

This article from Sports Illustrated about the book already gets into plenty of interesting factoids. Did you know, for example, that Bonds' took a women's fertility medication in an effort to spur his natural hormone production? I don't know that anyone's really surprised to be presented with evidence of Bonds' steroid use, but to have it all laid out in graphic detail is a tad overwhelming. So go read it now!

My thoughts on the matter fall into three categories:

  1. How will major league baseball deal with this revelation? Bonds is a big fat cheater, after all.
  2. How will his reality show deal with this revelation? Could be ratings gold, if they can roll with it.
  3. How will Barry Bonds deal with this revelation? Here's a quote from the SI article:

When informed of the book this morning and asked if he was concerned about it, Bonds told a group of reporters gathered around his locker, “Nope. I won't even look at it [the book]. For what? I won't even look at it. There's no need to.” He then walked away.

Apparently he already knows how it ends.

15 comments to “Bonds’ Steroid Use Exposed”

  1. Daedalus says:

    books make money.

    people who have never had the privilege of watching bonds play day in and day out in san fran (in the most beautiful park in the majors) will never understand how amazing he is, how the air changes and electricity flows throw the stadium as he comes to the plate. no one knows the affect steroids have had on his numbers, but regardless of much he did, he is still one of the best damn hitters to ever grace this planet, and i for one will always support him.

  2. RainDelay says:

    Interesting for sure.

    The way Bonds is going to deal with it, is going to be the way he’s been doing it for a few years now. Deny, Deny, Deny.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    I dunno, Daedalus. Just because a guy’s exciting to watch doesn’t mean he gets to break the rules. See also: Rose, Pete; page 14.

    Unless you’re saying that the invesigative reporters fabricated the whole thing for money.

  4. Daedalus says:

    If Babe Ruth had all of the fancy technology like weights, video, healthy diet info, pitching machines, indoor batting cages, medical knowledge, etc, etc, how many more would he have hit out?

    In America, we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I know the current administration has pretty much thrown that out the window, but shouldn’t ordinary Americans wait until he is “convicted” before passing judgment? Or have we become so complacent that we don’t really care about due process?

    He probably used the cream, as it heals your body. But why is it bad to want to heal yourself? Nobody has banned ibuprofen. Medical technology is amazing these days, but I think our puritanical society is so quick to jump to the “drugs are so bad” conclusion that we can’t see the big picture, and ours is a society that is told on television “take a pill and all your problems will go away.” Why has no one addressed this, our pharmaceutical culture? It’s not just baseball that has a problem…

    Count the drug commercials on television this evening if you haven’t thought of this. I think we all need to change before we can truly change baseball, or perhaps baseball will lead the way. Wouldn’t that be grand? After all, baseball [i]is[/i] life, right?

    These are all my opinions, of course, but I’d welcome debate.

    Sux that US lost today. Don’t think many will debate that.

    :) Cheers.

  5. Daedalus says:

    p.s. not saying using is good, just saying in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t make much of a difference.

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    In American courts of law, we’re innocent until proven guilty. In the American courts of public opinion, anything goes.

    That being said, I’ll feel like a real ass for calling Bonds a cheater should someone present compelling evidence that he’s not.

  7. Daedalus says:

    I always wondered why people pick on Bonds. Why do people not make a big deal about McGuire? The guy’s career was shortened by his steroid use. That truly hurt baseball.

    World Baseball Classic rocks, by the way.

  8. Red Hot Mama says:

    McGuire was already on his way out before I started following the sport, so I can’t say.

    Bellyscratcher, you got anything to say about it?

  9. Because Bonds is a giant (ha ha) asshole.

    Mark played nice with the press sometimes, Barry’s always been a jerk. I mean, hauling his kid out in front of the press last spring and essentially saying, “I don’t [i]want[/i] to use my child as a prop, the media makes me.” Some people think it’s a racial issue, and that’s a valid discussion to have, but I think for most it’s just cause Bonds doesn’t act the way we want baseball heros to act.

    Also, McGwire doesn’t hold the single-season record anymore, nor is he still playing.

  10. DPardue says:

    I have a right to judge Bonds and I will exercise that right; tThe S.O.B. is guilty. Of course some people will overlook the evidence- the answering machine messages, the interviews with federal officials and investigators. And oh, those over 200 sources that corroborate the author’s story.

    The Bonds fans (all four of them) and Giants fans will come to his defense. Folks, if you are waiting for the smoking gun, you will never see it. He is not going to inject himself in a dugout before a game with the Dodgers or in front of the cameras during an interview. Use your brains here, people. He did it.

    Now if only Bonds himself could believe that.

    I just wish Barry would go away and leave us all alone.

  11. cardsrul says:

    It amazes me that Giants fans continue to wear blinders where Bonds is concerned. His petty jealousy towards McGwire and Sosa(and yes, both juiced), and his eff you attitude towards the media and public are the reason he’s in this shithole. McGwire was raked over the coals, btw, after his non-performance in front of Congress; by the media [b]and[/b] fans, even Cardinals fans.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Welcome DPardue. It’s quite an honor to have you here. I’ve been a fan of your comments on Lancaster’s blog for quite a while now.

    And welcome back, cardsrul. It’s always a pleasure.

  13. DPardue says:

    Thanks, RHM. That is quite a compliment coming from someone as insightful and articulate as yourself.

  14. cardsrul says:

    Thank you ma’am. I’m a big fan of your, ahem, dialogues with Ms. Belly.

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw, you guys. ::blush::