by Matt Putnam
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Barry Bonds is still waiting to surpass Hammerin’ Hanks record. And I thought I’d better weigh in on the subject before he hits another home run and nobody cares anymore.
First, we don’t really have proof Bonds took a performance enhancing substance. And even though every bone in my body believes he did, I have seen no reports of positive test results. If we did, Bonds could be suspended and we could hang a little asterisk by his home run number.
Plus, I think it’s important to point out that steroids and other substances have been abused by tons of MLB players, INCLUDING pitchers. (A cheater hitting home runs off of a cheater doesn’t make me feel too bad.) Some have admitted it, some have tested positive, and some have never been caught and are now using HGH instead. Now, I’m not arguing that everyone’s doing it, so it’s okay for Bonds. But for me, the steroid scandal in MLB has cast a shadow over the whole league. I think there are a great many players still using performance enhancing substances and to put all my negative energy about this fact on Bonds isn’t really fair.
All in all, I think Bonds used and it gave him an unfair advantage. Also, most true baseball fans will view his record as tainted. Bonds is a hall of fame player even if we turned his home runs into singles and doubles. His legacy, however, will be tainted forever. Even if he never gets got, that is a stiff price to pay.