Tip-Off for 8/30/12 (featuring Barry Bonds): Barry Bonds doesn’t have the skin to be forgiven?

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Baseball and America will never forgive Barry Bonds.

America has a way of forgiving who it wants, when it wants. This has crossed over into the sports realm with the rise in use of performance enhancing drugs.

Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Andy Petitte, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong have been linked to PEDs over the years. McGwire, Petitte and Clemens are all back in baseball without fuss or muss. Hell, Pete Rose’s chances of making the hall have improved.

Will that change if Bonds decides to re-enter the game?

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Bonds has never had a problem staring down the media…

There’s no doubt in my mind Barry Bonds is the most hated African-American athlete in history. Whether PEDs played a role in Bonds surpassing the great Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record will forever be speculated. What’s known is that for all of his talent Bonds was the man the white America least wanted to hold the crown.

America shamed itself in the months leading up to Aaron hitting #715 and surpassing Babe Ruth. The racism Aaron endured wasn’t seen since Jackie Robinson’s early years in the majors. In the end, Aaron’s graceful nature despite obvious bigotry left baseball no choice but to deem him an ambassador for the sport.

Bonds is cut from a different cloth. Literally growing up in the sport, he was hardened by the ridicule his father Bobby and godfather Willie Mays took at the hands of the media. Bonds entered The Show as a five-tooler with all-time potential. The difference between Bonds and other African-American greats before him was his bat would write the story of  his career as opposed to the pen of any journalist. Bonds made his feelings to the media known at every opportunity without regrets or apologies.

Bonds was blackballed out of the game after the 2007 season. In 340 at-bats, Bonds batted .276 with 28 home runs, 66 RBI and an amazing 132 walks. He was walked in 39 percent of his at-bats, which were about half of what he would see in an average season. It was clear he was still a feared hitter and effective despite seeing limited duty. Bud Selig warned baseball owners not to touch Bonds as he reached free agency is my belief.

In the end, those same media heads may have the last say, allowing  their personal feelings for Bonds to seep into the voting process. Most of the voters on the Hall of Fame committee have never stood in a batter’s box, but were quick to assemble a soapbox when the opportunity to pile on Bonds presented itself.

Bonds knows his place in history and I think that’s all that matters to him. And if he gets the opportunity to say so I’m sure he’ll tell the writers who hold so much contempt for him where they can go.

The Lineup:

Etan Thomas leads a celebrity panel on fatherhood (Allan Houston Twit Pic).

Alabama braces for Michigan’s Denard Robinson (Tuscoloosa News).

West Nile deaths on the rise (NY Times).

President Obama isn’t ready to give up the keys yet (Barak Obama).

Doug Williams speaks on the changes involving Black Quarterbacks (Wild Thing Sports).

Tornado watch for Louisiana and surrounding states until 4 pm. (CNN).

Driver killed cleaning hurricane debris (CNN).

Is Roger Clemens looking to come back with the Astros (CBS Sports).

Boyz II Men save Charles Barkley (Twitter video).

Nets eyeing Josh Childress (Hoops Hype).

 

The basball writers can’t wait to screw Barry Bonds…

9 Responses to “Tip-Off for 8/30/12 (featuring Barry Bonds): Barry Bonds doesn’t have the skin to be forgiven?”

  1. ch555x says:

    Even w/ (or w/o) the PED accusations, Bonds was still HOF material, so the MSM can miss me with their hurt feelings. Outdated, underrepresented, and weak are what I describe the media…which usually spills over to other American aspects.

  2. RBD says:

    What evidence have you seen to suggest Pete Rose is closer to the Hall of Fame than he was five years ago? He writes a series of books, each of which admits a little more about his activities but none of which makes a blip on the radar. Nobody with the Hall of Fame, MLB or the BBWAA has indicated his status is under review. When he last appeared on the ballot, he garnered less than 5 percent of the vote.

    It would also be a mistake to suggest that McGwire has been forgiven by the baseball establishment outside of St. Louis. He has never received 24 percent of the Hall of Fame vote, and his support in 2011-12 was his lowest ever.

    As for Clemens, only the Astros have shown any interest. He’s irrelevant.

  3. RBD says:

    There’s no question in my mind that Bonds is a Hall of Fame player. He had HOF numbers before he began taking PEDs. That differentiates him from Clemens, whose career was deemed dead but suddenly came to life again.

  4. HarveyDent says:

    Barry Lamar Bonds, the Frank Sinatra of MLB, because he did it his way. Screw those who had a problem with that.

  5. DeShawn says:

    San Francisco is the PED capital of the world. For all any of you know Bonds was shooting up and shrinking his balls the instant he arrived on the west coast in 1993. He was not a hall of famer at that point. He was basically David Wright with more speed. If you think that PEDs tarnish in any way a player’s accomplishments then it’s absolutely ridiculous to assert that he was worthy of entrance to the hall before Frisco Bonds became a steroid suspect. His first year in San Fran was better than any he had in Pittsburgh so far as OPS is concerned. So spare us that often belched mindless propaganda. Also, there is no evidence that Pete Rose is any closer to the Hall, and Clemens is not “back in baseball” without a fuss. He’s just playing for some crummy league that has nothing to do with MLB, and besides that it’s just a publicity stunt. Pettitte has basically been forgiven because he had the guts to admit what he did, unlike the cowardly liar Baroid Bonds.

  6. TC says:

    DeShawn – is that you Andy Van Slyke? You know, I think folks might cut Pete Rose some slack just a TINY bit if he’d just get a haircut that doesn’t look like a mentally-challenged 9 year old gave him. Seriously though, Rose was persona non grata for a long time in the ’90s and early ’00s. He’s now a persona grata (or at least less “non”). Used to be mentioning him as HOF worthy was less welcomed than rap music in a country bar, but now seems people are starting to regain a bit of perspective and are trying to think about him as a player as well as someone who bet on his team. Clemens has always been lauded by the baseball establishment. Didn’t matter how much roid rage he had, how much the evidence piled up against him….he’s always been lionized by the sports establishment. Bonds always took his licks and kept on coming. He never claimed the fifth or hid behind anyone’s skirt. He built that gorgeous ballpark in San Fran and now he’s a nobody there. It’s shameful on the part of the Giants just as it was by baseball. He’s absolutely the greatest player since Willie Mays at least and he’s got brass effin’ balls.

  7. RBD says:

    As for Bonds, he absolutely did hide behind someone. His former trainer, Greg Anderson, went to jail at least twice for refusing to testify against Bonds. That’s as clear as his pre-steroid resume is strong.
    As long as Pete Rose keeps hanging around Vegas, he’s got no shot.

  8. ks says:

    I’m sorry Deshawn but that is just straight stupid. Not even the most mindless Bonds hater claims he starting taking PEDs in 1993. I love the nonsensical dramatic connection about SF supposedly being the PED Capital of the world to Bonds. LOL.

    Also Bonds was 29 years old and almost exactly in the middle of what is considered a baseball player’s “prime years”. when he joined the Giants.

  9. ks says:

    RBD,

    Have to disagree about Anderson. Please explain exactly how “Bonds hid behind Anderson”. What’s rather “clear” is that Anderson didn’t testify because the prosecutors were screwing him over. They even raided his MIL’s house on a bogus tax probe which was aimed at the MIL and his wife.

    Overall though, the big issue was that Anderson took a plea the Feds offered him on the original BALCO case then, after he was sentenced and served time, over a year later they turned around and subpoenaed him for the “Bonds related” BALCO grand jury. That’s ridiculous. It was a probable violation of his plea agreement and opened him up to further legal exposure on a different spin of the same matter.

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