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Posted on 05/28/2006 2:42:41 PM PDT by MikefromOhio
Heads turned. The ball bid the park adieu. With a single, violent swing of his bat, Barry Bonds made baseball history Saturday in Oakland, climbing one home run closer to the immortal Willie Mays. Six hundred sixteen home runs. It's a mind-numbing number, a body of work to rival Tupac's posthumous releases. Congratulations are in order.
Wait. Hold up.
You say Bonds actually has 714 career home runs?
Er, no. Good one. But no. Sure, if you want to get all technical, there's no arguing that Bonds has forcefully redirected 714 pitches into home run territory over his 21 major-league seasons. Yet according to the ziggurat of evidence compiled in the book "Game of Shadows," Bonds also ingested a Mexican farmacia's worth of performance-enhancing drugs during his peak slugging period, making some of those dingers less authentic than country crooner Kenny Rogers' reconstructed face.
Question is, how many? How many of Bonds' home runs are honest? And how many came courtesy of his reported juicing?
Start with a caveat: There's no way to know. At least not for sure. The homers themselves can't be replicated in a lab, let alone studied. The variables involved in each at-bat are too numerous and complex to tease out completely. The specific physical effects of taking bovine bulk builders and female sex hormones -- Bonds reportedly took both; did he end up lactating buttermilk? -- are poorly understood.
Truth be told, we can only manage a crude approximation. An educated guess, but a guess nonetheless.
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Have at it.
For your pinglists gentlemen....
Here is something for you all, it's about Barroid....
Have at it :)
"Without steroids, Bonds was a damn good player. With steroids, he's a good player damned."
He is the ONLY 500 Home Run and 500 Stolen Bases guy EVER.
And he accomplished that without the help of the Roids.
It's quite amazing to me, that a player like Bonds, who has everything, feels the need to cheat to be that much better.
At the memorial service of one Dr. Silverthorne, many years ago, Jonathan Winters, said:
"A man who has friends, good friends, has everything. A man who has no friends, has nothing."
Bonds has no friends and to me, the man has nothing.
I think he was missing something, and mistakenly thought it was from his play on the field.
He was wrong, and is still missing that something.
everything in terms of baseball qualities, well minus the limp noodle of an arm he's always had, but the man was a 4+ tool player.
You nailed it.
Is that for real? I will buy one if they are for sale.
I do not fault him for his skills, but for his lack of character
I was only talking about his skills...
AS for his character, I think baseball has had worse, but he is BY FAR the most prominent player at this time.
Because of the 'roids, the man IS nothing.
He did not have everything when he went the high-tech PED route. He didn't have the fame and adulation that Sosa and McGwire had, and that pissed him off-- because he knew or suspected that both of them were on PEDs.
Bonds is a hell of a player. At a minimum, he would have hit 40 a year every year he was on PED. That's tremendous, given the other tools he had as a player.
For the record, though, I think that Rose should be in the HOF, too.
I meant baseball skill-wise.
Not like you took it. Sorry I wasn't as clear as I should've been.
Undetectable, the cream, the clear
Some injectable, right in my rear
Like a shot of stuff for human growth
Do one cheek, then go and do 'em both
Have steroids been more
Undetectable in every way
Unconnectible, that's how I'll stay
Look at me, see the incredible
Bulk I've gained but not by edible
Means I gained it from some spreadable goo
Unregrettable, well worth the risk
Record-settable, no asterisk
Chasing Aaron, catching up to Ruth
Couldn't care less if I tell the truth
What matters more
Is home runs galore
Undetectable each time I pee
Random-testable, you won't catch me
As for me, it's incontestable
What this does is so incredible:
Swells my head and shrinks my testicles too