The game of baseball has had many storylines over the course of time, but none with the same controversial intensity as performance enhancing drugs and Barry Bonds. During the investigation stages, there were a laundry list of names compiled, but none as big as Barry. Obviously, the speculation had been there prior to the indictment, but was brought to the fore front when the testimonies commenced. Consequently, this is where the story becomes a media monster and tires to portray this athlete as though he never existed.
Barry Bonds was a household name ever since he began with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and further established himself when he became a San Francisco Giant in 1993. He consistently produced terrific numbers which led him to 14 All Star Selections and 7 MVP’s. There were many firsts in the long line of accomplishments along the way to becoming the Home Run King with a whopping 762 round trippers. How many players would get intentionally walked with the bases loaded and 2 outs? You guessed it, 1, Barry Bonds. In his 22 years of MLB experience, he always gave the baseball world a reason to flip on Sportscenter or watch a San Francisco Giant game, even though they were not your hometown organization.
Unfortunately, with all these accolades comes denial from the baseball world and its fans on recognizing one of the greatest players in the history of the game. This opinion was further exemplified when the current season, home run leader (37) Chris Davis failed to recognize the 73 record set by Bonds, but instead said he was chasing Maris’s record of 61, completely disdaining any relationship between Barry and the baseball world. However, there were many names and situations people fail to recognize to be associated with PED’s and just continue to make out to be all about Barry Bonds. For example, with all the speculation of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies and some of their players, ( Lenny Dykstra, Danny Jackson, Wes Chamberlain) being involved with PED’s, are people ready to take down the pennant hanging in Citizens Bank Park? Are people ready to forget that year and act like it never existed? Obviously, this is a subject that can be broken down and debated for years by the media and the fans. All I am trying to understand is why it seems Barry Bonds has gone from the forefront to afterthought in the midst of many players being implicated and proven guilty. The game of baseball is a sport full of prestige and I would hate to see someone as prestigious as Barry Bonds be a marked man, who is taking the brunt of steroid era!
BY: Tony Cutillo (@Tcutillo23)
- Sorry Chris Davis, but Barry Bonds is still baseball’s home run king (ftw.usatoday.com)
- Why Do MLB Players Still Use Steroids? (theface-off.com)