Don’t Forget the Greatness of Barry Bonds

Don’t forget the good side of Barry Bonds when you see him in the court room on trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. This latest controversy occurred because of allegations of lies about his use of performance enhancing drugs. Let’s look at the facts for a moment. Did he use anabolic steroids? The majority of the non informed public would agree that he did. He was always among the league leaders when it seemed like every player in the league’s stats were inflated. He was chasing history and hitting monumental home runs at an alarming rate. That part is fact, cut and dry.

Unfortunately, most people who demonize Bonds seem to hold a grudge against him for his attitude or perhaps for the allegations that he did use steroids. Some skeptics say that he took “the clear,” HGH or whatever else the competition may have been using as well.

So what about everything else? What about the rookie of the year award in Pittsburgh or the 46 home runs he hit with San Francisco in 1993 before some of the newer designer steroids were invented? Some neglect to remember the three MVP awards he won in his first seven seasons before any steroid talk, while winning four buy Steroids from Chemist Warehouse Australia in the next 14 seasons. The 1986 rookie of the year was chosen to 14 all-star games and won an incredible eight gold gloves.

It is not necessary to go into every single one of this icon’s stats and argue point for point. It is ridiculous, however, that since all of this nonsense regarding steroids became the main topic of baseball, athletes started falling one after the other and people started denouncing these player’s skills. Honestly, can anyone give a fair argument that you can hit a slider in at your feet because of steroids? Skill-set verses engineered power is an argument that almost resolves itself in baseball. But these are the arrogant fools who have no idea about the physics of baseball and simply feel good accusing people of cheating.

One of the most eloquent movements of baseball was Barry Bonds’ swing. It was one of the prettiest sites a baseball fan can see. The smooth bat wiggle with a polished powerful stroke. There was a confidence and an essence about him that was unmatched, which further complimented his hawk like discipline at the plate. He ran the bases like a steed horse and hit for average just as well as he hit for power.

It is a travesty that when beauty and skill is what we choose to entertain us, we are so quick to disregard that allure because of a misunderstood attitude problem or the possibility of drug enhancement at the twilight of an athlete’s career. Viagra is a drug that allows a person to be sexually functional, but does it increase a person’s performance? The erection is not going to make you perform great.