August 8, 2007 – 6:30 am by Ryan Phillips

Well, Bonds finally broke the record and really, is anyone outside of San Francisco excited about it? Just to clarify one final thing, since a few Bonds supporters have made comments on this site about whether or not we can be sure the charges in “Game of Shadows” are 100 percent true or not. If anything in that book was incorrect, the athletes mentioned in its pages (Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Marion Jones, Bill Romanowski, Tim Montgomery, Benito Santiago, etc.) would have sued the shit out of Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams for libel and defamation of character. To date, not one lawsuit has been filed.

To close the book on this issue let me say this, Barry Bonds is a ridiculously talented individual and would have been a first ballot Hall of Famer. But he sold his soul when he decided to do what others like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro had done to get better. His legacy will be forever tainted by that fact. I don’t care if everyone else was cheating too, your mother always told you two wrongs don’t make a right. that fact does not exonerate him. And to the “Hank Aaron could have cheated, we’ll never know” crowd, shut up. You don’t think someone, after all this time and all that has happened, would have possibly come forward and said something if that were true? You know how much money a book talking about Hank Aaron using steroids would make?

Regardless of that, what we do know is that Barry cheated and by supporting him or acknowledging his record you are tacitly approving of what he did and giving the impression that you think it’s acceptable to cheat in order to get ahead. We just can’t get on board with that. We’d like to think that somewhere, something pure still exists in sports. Hey, maybe we’re naive and totally misguided in that stance, but we really hope not.

UPDATE: We also wanted to say that our early vote for Sportsman of the Year goes to Hank Aaron. From his incredibly classy videotaped tribute last night, to the way he’s taken the high road and respectfully refrained from commenting on the situation has only further shown what a true role model he is. Sadly, it seems they don’t make ’em like that anymore in professional sports.

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  1. 5 Responses to “756*”

  2. I think Barry cheated. I think many other players did as well. Is his legacy tainted, heck yeah! However, since MLB, the media and fan (yes, fans too) were compliant to the steroid-era what can we do about it?

    Does Bonds deserve the record – yes only b/c he was never caught cheating by MLB at the time it was going on. There’s no need for an “*” as his legacy is already tainted.

    The other thing I wonder…Rogers Clemens, his name has come up before but he’s much more media-friendly, is that why nobody’s questioning his “old age” performances?

    Signed a Yankees Fan

    By seth on Aug 8, 2007

  3. Well reasoned although I do wonder about one thing.

    You write “by supporting him or acknowledging his record you are tacitly approving of what he did and giving the impression that you think it’s acceptable to cheat in order to get ahead.”

    Isn’t that what your Sportsman of the Year did with his video? He may not have supported him but he certainly ackowledged it.

    By The Feed on Aug 8, 2007

  4. Touche Feed, you’re right. But honestly I will give Aaron a pass, because he was in a really tough spot. He made his statement by not going to games, participating, or commenting publicly on the situation. But I assume he made the video to take the high road and acknowledge that the record is no longer his and not create more division or derisiveness. Honestly, what he did was probably in his mind what was good for baseball, so yeah, I’ll give him a pass.

    By Phillips on Aug 8, 2007

  5. Seth,
    I have no doubt that Clemens has used some type of performance enhancers and I agree that more people need to look at that situation. His career was floundering for his last two years in Boston, then he went to Toronto and suddenly became dominant again and also gained a ton of weight. That’s also where he met Brian McNamee as his personal trainer. McNamee has been constantly mentioned in several investigations concerning HGH and steroid rings.

    By Phillips on Aug 8, 2007

  6. sadaharu oh, yomuri giants, 868 career homeruns…barry still has a way to go

    By Anonymous on Aug 8, 2007

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