Skip to comments.An open letter in support of Barry Bonds
Posted on 04/08/2006 10:54:31 PM PDT by freedom44
Dear Barry, You've just resumed your chase on history, going after a record some thought would never be touched, and I'm with you every step of the way.
I know you have taken a lot of heat over the years, and with all the recent news about a new book whose goal is to bring you down, it seems like that disdain isn't about to go away.
And I don't know why.
While many people seem to take joy in expressing the amount of distaste they feel for you, I come as a friend, a light in the dark who supports you 100 percent. It's not a popular stand, I know, but I just want you to know you are not alone. You do have supporters.
Unlike those who like to point at your alleged steroid use as a reason not to like you, or respect the numbers you put up, I find all the off-the-field issues to be moot. I don't care if you rub so much steroid cream on your body that your bat slips out of your hands and lands in right field.
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You will be Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth's beeyotch in hell.
Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth did not face pitchers taking Steroids. Barry Bonds did. That makes it about even.
You are a cheater who will have an asterisk* by your name in the record books. No one will value your records and you will never win even though you cheated.
Babe Ruth was a hero during hard times, you are a turd in a punch bowl.
Sports writers like this guy make me sick. Anyone who says that it doesn't matter if Bonds, or anyone else for that matter, is breaking records by taking steriods has no business calling themselves a baseball fan. A baseball fan would not want to see the game's history, beauty, and identity be tarnished by someone doped up on so much steroids that their head is the size of a blimp.
Is Bonds worthy of the record? Absolutely not! And for anyone who thinks he is, I have this question for you: How many more homeruns do you think that Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth would have hit had they been injecting themselves with juice? Bonds isn't fit to carry Aaron's or Ruth's jock. He's nothing but a cheater and a fraud.
The pinhead who typed out that sentence virtually redefines the very concept of sycophancy.
Since when did two wrongs make a right?
Never said they did but the argument being Ruth and Cobb were greater because they didn't do roids isn't just because they never faced pitchers who did roids.
I wish all the pitchers in the NL would agree to walk you every time you came to the plate. I actually wish they would all agree to hit you with a pitch every time, but that would lead to bench clearing brawls which, while cool, do slow up the game and would probably lead to fines and suspensions from that idiot commissioner.
p.s. you stink
Lets set the future now. Barry Bonds*. Everytime you write that name....just include the "*", and go right along. Every news paper....every sports column....every letter. Once you start doing this...you get used to it. And it really sets Barry Bonds* in his place. He earned it. Let him have it.
Not at all.
For that to make sense you have to compare what each player did against his peers. The babe kicked ass, far more then Bonds has over the years.
Even an elementary comparison of their stats as compared to their colleagues would confirm that.
I don't write "he who should not be named"'s name much anyways. Sounds like I hit a nerve*****************.
Excellent idea! Barry Bonds* is a fraud and a cheater. Barry Bonds* is a disgrace to the game.
I can get used to this.
Babe may have kicked ass in his day but the pitchered were horrendous compared to modern day pitchers. Babe could hardly hit 50 now a days.
If steroids were such a huge concern the league should have done something years ago.
They should have initiated testing.
Bonds doesn't have to tell anyone what he took, if he took.
You want to catch roid users, then test, and have rules punishing the guys.
If you want to vilify anyone, then lay it on the Commish.
He slept on the job.
He should be bitch slapped.
" Babe could hardly hit 50 now a days"
Bonds* never hit 50 before the roids
Bud Selig was born without testicles.
Babe Ruth played in the dead ball era. Nobody hit home runs at all until he came along.
Hank Aaron faced teams whose bad pitchers were better than what passes for pitching in the majors today. Expansion has watered down the talent tremendously, but still Bonds had to cheat.
Aaron routinely faced Seaver, Gibson, Koufax, Marichal, Drysdale, Ferguson Jenkins, Steve Carlton, and many guys that were so good they would be superstuds today. Guys like Roy Face, Steve Blass, Ken Holtzman, Jim Maloney, Nelson Briles,and Larry Dierker. Gaylord Perry was rumored to throw a spitter, but the rest of them were just good pitchers.
Aaron says he won't have any part in a Bonds ceremony should he break the home run record. He shouldn't. Bonds is a stinking cheater. He's no role model and one of the snottiest, most self centered people on the planet. The man's arrogance is so bad his name should be Clinton. My father used to have a word for people like Bonds. He's a "puke."
It's a shame too, because his father, Bobby, was a great man and a darned good ballplayer.
Where did that daughter come from?
What pitchers are you talking about?
Barry Bonds doesn't have 94 wins, and 29 plus scoreless innings in the WORLD SERIES as a pitcher. Before he juiced up he was a Hall of Famer. Now, he's either a joke, or one of those cheesy Sci-Fi Channel special effects from their Sat. night low budget flicks.
The Babe used beer and hot dogs. He did it the American way!
Bond should have all his records expunged from the books.
Either that, or he lost 'em to steroids - like Barry probably has.
...Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn,Bluemoon Odem, Catfish Hunter,Vida Blue.....
Maria Sharapova (from behind) returning serve. Just kidding, maybe.
I'm with the writer. Barry is one of those players I will stay up 'til 2:00 a.m. on the east coast to see his at bats out west.
He has the greatest, most compact, most disciplined swing in baseball, and he has such a great eye at the plate. He is simply the best.
I played a lot of baseball, have followed it for over 50 years and Barry is the best............... oh, there's Maria.
The Babe was COOL!
I kept waiting for the punchline or something to indicate that this was just sarcasm. But it never came. What an idiot this guy is. Oh, and this letter writer's an idiot, too.
Thanks. I wasn't aware that raw muscle mass was an asset in pitching. Also, the pitchers seem to be hiding the increased bulk really, really well.
Staying up until 2:00 AM to watch Barry Bonds* play baseball is like staying up until 2:00 AM to watch WWF wrestling.
Fans should also remember that until 1969, the MLB pitcher's mound was 15" high, 50% higher than today's 10" mound. The good pitchers of that era could dominate a game.
I dream about how much fun it would be to watch Barry Bonds (in his prime, but without steroids) face Koufax, Drysdale, and Gibson (in their prime, pitching from the 15" mound).
I think Koufax's combination of fastball and curve would leave him stuttering; Gibson would throw at his chin and brush him back; Drysdale would throw at his head and knock him down.
Mays, Mantle, Maris, and Aaron didn't use steroids, faced all-star pitchers, and earned their place in the record books and in the Hall of Fame.
Lets take a look at some of the best pitchers of the past few years:
Pedro Martinez: would be blown over by a strong breeze. Must weigh about 150 pounds soaking wet.
David Wells: Steroids? More like Heineken and cheese fries.
Bartolo Colon: Appears to be on the same beer and grease diet as Wells
Randy Johnson: Unless steroids gives you the physique of a very tall tootpick, I wouldn't imagine him to be juicing.
Gregg Maddux: Wouldn't need steroids, he is not a power pitcher. They wouldn't help with the placement and location of pitches, something he excels at.
Tom Glavine: Same as Maddux.
Mariano Rivera: Again, not a big guy at all.
and on and on....
The only pitchers I have my doubts about are Roger Clemens, and possibly Curt Schilling.
Why not blame those who dropped the ball?
Feds, state and league?
It was sitting right in front of their yaps, and the enitre public, and now there is outrage?
The bit on Bonds is more of the pack mentality.
Nobody cared when Brian Downing was roided up...or was that just iron pumping that got him to look like Superman?
They had their chances to crack down. Year of chancs and did zippo.
What about the NFL?
Where is the cry about those in the NFL?
Don't tell me you think it's the "training table" that's made them this huge in 20 years?
They all dropped the ball, but MLB is the custodian of baseball's histroy and records [Can't think of any sport so stat driven as baseball]. And unlike government, which has a duty to the fans, especially the kids, MLB has a duty to the GAME.
So I'm not just after Bonds. I want the head of every major league player who as used 'roids or HGH. I think that the evidence before the Grand Jury should pass muster in any civil suit the"union" [most worthless union since the NEA, as far as the public goes]brings after these guys [Bonds, Sheffield, Giambi,and anyone else] get thrown out for life. But at a MINIMUM, I want any records they set, or currently hold, as a result of statistics acquired after 1998, disallowed.