Trouble in BarryBondsville

What a coincidence!

OK. Maybe he is hurt. Since he's 40 an off the 'roids.

Couldn''t happen to a nicer guy.

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"Barry" wrote:

I really don''t have much to say anymore,"" Bonds said. ""My son and I just going to enjoy life. My family''s tired. You guys [the media] wanted to hurt me bad enough, you finally got there.

I don''t recall the media rubbing ""flax seed oil"" on him. Seems like everyone is juiced these days. Why not go ahead and do it openly , like that SNL skit about the doping Olympics.

Pitchers can throw 170 MPH ... changeups.
Shortstops leap 50 ft into the air to rob homers before the ball even leaves the infield.
Homers travel 1,000 feet and can kill a man on the street before he knows what hit him.

I think its a conspiracy by the White Man cause they don''t want him to beat Babe Ruth.

You mean Hank Aaron.

OK, Whitey doesn''t want him to beat an honest non-juicing black man.

They should give Hank back the crown, anyways, I say.

I think McGuire proved that you don''t have to be black to be ridiculed for juicing, it''s a baseball thing not a color thing.

"Eezy_Bordone" wrote:

I think McGuire proved that you don''t have to be black to be ridiculed for juicing, it''s a baseball thing not a color thing.

Not in SF Left Fielder''s mind it isn''t. He''s always been pretty quick to throw that card out.

And besides, Nice clean cut Mark McQuire is going to be an ANTI-roid spokesman. Of course, he''ll need his attorneys right there with him so he doesn''t utter anything inculpatory while speaking out.

Yeah I found it interesting that he plead the fifth. It came out he was using andro during the HR chase in 98... so there''s no real reason to take the fifth on that ... unless he was taking MORE than andro.

They''re both sh*tbags in my book. But they''re just a reflection of the culture of no personal responsibility we have in this country. We do what we want, hide behind lawyers, and only when we get caught red handed and have no wiggle room left we say we accept responsibility for our actions. We as a society make me ill.

""Yeah, I used it, I was wrong, take my record away if you judge it the right thing to do""

If I heard that from any of these guys I''d have a heart attack.

Well he didn''t plead the fifth, he wasn''t forced too.

And at the time he was taking andro it was not against the rules, can''t really blame him for that...

That''s what I mean. It may not have been against the rules ... wasn''t against the rules when Barry took them either. MLB had no steroid policy. But the fact he refused to answer seems to imply it was more than andro.

No, I do not like saying that, because McGwire did have a point in a quote he made after. If he had said no, everyone would call him a liar, if he said yes, it opens him up to all kind of scrutiny. But, If I am mistaken, Bonds has said ""No, I did not take steroids,"" opening himself up to the liar aspect.

I do not like Barry Bonds, I freely admit that. But it is not because of his steroid use. I think he''s an ass, pure and simple. So I don''t like him.

"LeapingGnome" wrote:

Well he didn''t plead the fifth, he wasn''t forced too.

And at the time he was taking andro it was not against the rules, can''t really blame him for that...

Symantics. He would haveif forced, or he wouldn''t have refused to answer the questions in the first place.

As for the Andro - Just because rules lag behind science it does not make something ethical. But whatever on that, I''m just amazed at the man''s audacity in volunteering to speak out against the use of these chemicals while refusing to acknowlege his behavior in any meanigful way. Just my 2 cents.

So why not be honest, and accept the scrutiny as a ramification of your behavior. Thats what I expect from someone who offers to be a spokesman.

Just because rules lag behind science it does not make something ethical.

Totally agree with you.

Skip Bayless lays it out pretty hard on him today.

"Skip Bayless" wrote:

Bonds'' Performance Oscar-worthy

Friends and co-workers were calling me as if they''d just seen a movie that had shaken them.

Talk shows were filling my voice mail with breathless requests for reaction.

Their reaction to what Barry Bonds had just said was: OH, MY GOD, HE''S GOING TO QUIT!

My reaction was amusement.

The more I watched a tape of The Interview That Rocked the World, the more I chuckled.

Nice props, Barry. Now come up and accept your Oscar.
The more I chuckled, the madder I got.

The gall of this guy.

The childish gall.

What you must understand about Barry Lamar Bonds is that he is one big, calculating, spoiled brat of a supremely gifted child – 40 going on 14. For me, a Bonds at-bat remains the most riveting moment in sports. Yet for me, the rest of Bonds'' life is one long Maalox moment.

So now America''s favorite villain is trying to vilify the media.

That was the intent of his hilariously staged session last Tuesday outside the San Francisco Giants'' clubhouse in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bonds wanted to shift the blame for his problems onto those who merely report what he does. With his performance as a tired, beaten man, Bonds wanted gullible fans everywhere to say: ""The damned media has driven poor Barry into early retirement by ruining life for him and his family.""

I must admit, Bonds was pretty convincing. Remember, he wants to be an actor when he''s through with baseball. So I''ll make him the B-Movie Oscar front-runner for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design.

Yet this production had one major flaw. Come on, Barry, you don''t give away the plot before you utter your first line.

Bonds didn''t appear to realize that ESPN''s camera already was rolling as reporters positioned themselves around him and his 15-year-old son Nikolai, seated next to him. Bonds did not qualify for Best Director as he ordered cameramen to ""get my son in this, not just me, because I want to show the pain you''ve caused my family.""

Ah, Hollywood.

Bonds was using his son as a prop. Nikolai wasn''t allowed to have a speaking part, but he was wearing a retro Barry Sanders jersey. As a Bay Area columnist, I spent enough time closely observing Bonds to know that he doesn''t miss a trick. I''m convinced he instructed Nikolai to wear this jersey to convey a subtle threat from his dad: Barry Sanders retired early; and this Barry might, too, if you people don''t quit writing and talking about all the bad stuff.

Bonds also shrewdly used another prop – a crutch he was given after recent arthroscopic surgery. Bonds propped it under his chin as he poured out his anguish. Nice touch, Barry.

He dived into melodrama with: ""You wanted me to jump off the bridge, I finally have jumped.""

Then he leaped to this kill-the-messenger conclusion: ""You wanted to bring me down, you finally have brought me and my family down.""

Yes, it''s our fault.

We chose a trainer with an already-shaky reputation – Greg Anderson, a high school teammate of Bonds who has been indicted for distributing steroids. We testified that we ""unknowingly"" used some sort of topical steroid that we thought was like flaxseed oil.

We carried on a nine-year relationship with a woman who wasn''t Mrs. Bonds – a woman who says Bonds'' attorney has acknowledged this relationship in several letters. We asked this woman to leave a job as a graphics designer in Silicon Valley and move to Phoenix. We dumped her and ultimately infuriated her by offering what she calls an insulting settlement of $15,000.

Yes, we make $17 million a year.

We all but dared her to write a book and do interviews with Geraldo Rivera on Fox News and with the San Francisco Chronicle. In those interviews, she says Bonds told her he was using steroids as early as 2000 and that she saw all the classic signs of steroid use – acne on the back, bloating and ''roid rage. That led to her being asked to testify before the BALCO grand jury.

Yet she said she did not see Bonds use steroids – a possible loophole for Bonds if the grand jury considers a perjury charge. Then again, she also says Bonds gave her $80,000 for a down payment on her Phoenix house – and that he took this money out of cash he received from autographed memorabilia. That accusation could interest the IRS.

Our fault, Barry.

We made your kids cry. Not you.

We pushed you off the retirement bridge.

Asked when he would return to play, Barry dropped this shrugging Bonds-shell: ""Maybe midseason, maybe next year.""

Maybe never.

Please don''t take your home-run balls and go home, Barry.

But know this: At least once each of the last three seasons, Bonds has delivered his ""I''m tired and this is my last season"" speech to Bay Area reporters. And they have dutifully run to their computers and microphones and delivered breathless THIS COULD BE IT stories.

Around the clubhouse, Bonds often acts like a 14-year-old when he''s horsing around or playing video games. And though his father, Bobby, and his godfather, Willie Mays, taught Barry to loathe the media, we''re also his favorite toy. When he wants some attention, he knows he can set us off like fireworks.

He also admitted last season that ""half the stuff I say to you guys, I don''t believe.""

There are only two ways Bonds isn''t coming back. No. 1, if he goes to jail – and it''s highly doubtful Bonds believes that right now. Or No. 2, if his knees are shot, which doesn''t appear to be the case.

All we''ve been told is that Bonds has had three arthroscopic surgeries since last season to clip torn cartilage. No major ligament damage, just torn or frayed cartilage. The Giants say a second surgery was required on one knee because Bonds accidentally hit it on a table at SBC Park before spring training. The other theory is that Bonds pushed his rehab too hard because he was desperate to stay in monster shape in the tougher-testing era.

Bonds said he didn''t like how his follow-up surgery had been ""talked about,"" but he wouldn''t be specific.

Yet he''s going to miss half or all the season? Most pro athletes return from ''scope surgery in two to four weeks. I''ve had ''scopes on both knees. After the first one, at age 43, I was able to run three miles one week later, and I quickly increased it to six or eight miles. The second time, after some smoothing of my kneecap at 50, I was pounding the pavement again in three weeks.

Neither time did I need crutches to leave the hospital.

So I expect Bonds to be back by mid-April. Manager Felipe Alou sounds as if he does, too.

I also expect Bonds, who has 703 home runs, to pass Babe Ruth''s 714 this season and break Henry Aaron''s record of 755 next season. If nothing else, Bonds can finally swallow his pride and move from left field to first base, where he wouldn''t have to run as much. Bonds has said he will not play first base, presumably because he wouldn''t want to embarrass himself at a position he doesn''t know and considers beneath his Gold Glove dignity.

Maybe it''s time to learn first base.

I also fully expect Bonds to wind up his career as an American League DH, probably in Anaheim. Bonds dropped a hint last season about wanting to play for the Angels, because he now owns a home in Beverly Hills.

Oh, woe is Barry.

He was born with a Silver Slugger in his mouth, amid some of America''s most expensive real estate in San Carlos, Calif. His formative years were spent in major-league clubhouses. He has been a superstar since Little League.

Yet he regularly reminds reporters of how much tougher it is for black players. But for Barry Bonds? And is it the media''s fault that Bonds keeps making his quest to pass Ruth a racial issue?

In his first spring-training media session, Bonds tried to intimidate the media. You lie! In his second interview, he tried to plead with reporters in what sounded almost like a confession. We''re entertainers. Leave us alone and let us do what we have to do.

Now poor Barry has tried to blame the media.

He ended Tuesday''s performance by turning to Nikolai and wearily saying: ""Let''s go home.""

I wondered if he had practiced the line in front of the mirror.

Skip Bayless can be seen Monday through Friday on ""Cold Pizza,"" ESPN2''s morning show, and at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN''s ""1st & 10."" His column appears twice weekly on Page 2. You can e-mail Skip here.

Skip has always hated Bonds and he doesn''t hide it well. Personally when I see him on PTI and such he just rubs me the wrong way, he is too personally involved to separate his emotions from the facts and news. Of course I think the media reporting on the Bonds stuff has a slant since Bonds and media has such a contentious relationship.