Barry Bonds: Shadow into Light

And we thought this just might be a banner day for baseball. It is, but this is not the kind of banner we had in mind. Looks like Barry need not even bother saying it ain’t so. A taste:

By 2001, when Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single-season home-run record (70) by belting 73, Bonds was using two designer steroids referred to as the Cream and the Clear, as well as insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate (a fast-acting steroid known as Mexican beans) and trenbolone, a steroid created to improve the muscle quality of cattle.

This set of terrible allegations is not entirely surprising but is still shocking in its detail. It is extremely sad, this story, particularly as it comes (coincidentally and ironically) just a day after one of the most joyful of players passed on.

[Editors’ Note: This is a composite of two posts, first uploaded simultaneously, by YF & SF]

6 comments… add one
  • The article seems to be clear in no uncertain terms that Bonds starts doing what McGwire and Sosa are already known to be doing. This whole thing is sad and going to get very very ugly. It’s a deep hole and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bonds does exactly what he said he wanted to do (during one angry press moment)–break Ruth’s record and quit.
    Quite the Sugar Honey Ice-T storm a-brewing for the HOF and record books.

    walein March 7, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Looks like ESPN.com isn’t too happy about being scooped. The story barely registers on their baseball home page. Meanwhile, every other media outlet in and out of the baseball universe is running with it big, bold, and above the fold.

    YF March 7, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • Good point YF. They may now be trying to position themselves for the rebuttal interview from Bonds.

    walein March 7, 2006, 5:50 pm
  • I just finished reading the SI article and the book excerpt. I agree with your very concise statement: This set of terrible allegations is not entirely surprising but is still shocking in its detail.
    I’ve said for quite some time now, before the name Balco was even publically whispered, that Bonds ascent from great player to greatest power hitter was suspect. I’d not even come close to calling myself a fan of us, but dang it if being proven right isn’t making me just a little sad today.
    I was looking over an old Baseball Anthology book someone once gave me and there it is – the astrerik next to Maris. I’ve got some thoughts on “Big Mac” but we’ll leave that alone now. Let’s just say that in the very least, Bonds better get his own little * in the record books…if they elect to leave him in there at all. I’ve seen some commentary rumblings that he could be removed.

    Sandy March 7, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • crud. I apologize for the myriad of gross typographic errors in my comment above. Please blame the generous amounts of cold medicine and sleep deprivation that has left my brain half shut down.
    That should have read:
    “that Bond’s ascent from great player to greatest power hitter was suspect. I’d not even come close to calling myself a fan of HIS…”
    Thank you for your understanding, now pass the Kleenex.

    Sandy March 7, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Bonds did steriods?!?! Next you’ll be telling me there is no Santa Claus!

    mattymatty March 8, 2006, 3:04 pm

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