More Thoughts About the Home Run King

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, August 08, 2007 | , , , | 1 comments »

All we know about Barry Bonds is that he's hit 756 home runs in his career and is a seven time MVP. Well, that and the other statistics in the record books.

I might get skewered for saying this, but alot of what we "know" about Bonds' PED use is from an alleged leaked grand testimony transcript (anyone seen a copy?), hearsay, rumors and innuendo from a fired clubhouse attendant (his shoe size grew three sizes!), and comments about illegal money from a jilted alleged former lover who is now posing in nude in Playboy for a handsome sum of money.

I've never met the guy, but from what you can read and see of him on tv, Bonds appears to be a Class A jerk. He was a jerk when he was a skinny 23 year old and now when he's a bloated 40-something too gimpy to play the OF more than five innings. And we all can infer all we want from the "evidence" that has been presented in the media about his use of PEDs. Everyone is entitled to an OPINION of him, his accomplishments and his career.

But to say we know he did this and we know he did that is simply foolhardy. The only people that truly know are Bonds and whoever did whatever to him. And there is absolutely no hard evidence of that in the public record.

He has never tested positive under the MLB testing procedure. He hasn't been arrested or indicted for any of the allegations that have been bandied about. No one has come forward for a payday to say "I gave/sold Barry Bonds steroids." Nothing.

So please don't say "we know what he did", because we don't. We can only form opinions based on the evidence available publicly.

For the record, my opinion is that he's a cheat, a liar and a jerk. I just don't know that for a fact.


  1. Anonymous // August 9, 2007 at 8:52 AM  

    He admitted to using the cream and the clear, so we do know what he did. we can't see the grnd jury testimony, but the guy who leaked that tidbit is in jail, and you can't go to jail for leaking info that isn't in the sealed testimony, so therefore it's in there, which means we know he admitted to PED use.