Over the weekend, Giants owner Pete McGowan announced he would not bring Barry Bonds back for another season in San Francisco. Bonds expressed disappointment with the decision, claiming (with some justification) that the Giants had come to it a while ago, though McGowan claimed otherwise. Bonds is roughy 70 hits from 3,000 and has expressed a desire to play another season. I hope he gets the chance, and for Billy Beane, across town. Why? I don’t have any sympathy for Bonds, but the truth is that baseball’s owners got into bed with him, and they should be forced to stay in that bed until they’ve come up with some kind of honest appraisal of their own culpability in the PED affair, not to mention a truly effective testing policy. The Giants tell us that they’re not renewing Bonds because they want to get younger and build a better team for next season. That’s BS. They can get younger and start to build a new team without jettisoning their best player. The Giants cashed in on Bonds’s talent to build a new stadium, and then kept the registers humming as he set the single-season and career home run marks. Now that he’s passed those milestones, now that there’s no big chase to sell tickets and ads against, they’re ready to cut ties. That’s business. We’re not sold.