Amazinz wrote:Sheffield (black) was basically given a free pass by the NY media, partly because they were too busy tar and feathering Giambi (white). It relaxed substantially after his public apology and it dissipated entirely after his offensive resurgence but therein lies the rub. There are a lot of ignoble reasons why the media and we as fans choose to crucify some and pardon others but I do not believe race is one of them. I am sure there are racists who enjoy persecuting Bonds because he is black but I believe they are by far the minority.
I don't deny it is in the minority, and you make a fair point about Giambi/Sheff. But I have had a SF Reporter tell me that this was a trully a motivating factor with Bonds. I have seen many a SF and LA reporter make the same charges against the powers that be in Chicago. I have seen the 49ers mock as many races as possible, and not see anything wrong with it for a year. If you go to SF to this day, it is still basically segregated and separated by the bay.
I don't understand how poeple can turn a blind eye quite honestly, and say it doesn't have some mitigating factor. But the minute you mention race, you are the bad guy for playing the "race card."
I got news for you, racism is alive and well and this country, except of course in the media
When was the last time all three major networks covered a missing minority child. Nope. Greta Van Sustern, only goes live to Mississpi for the missing pretty white girl .. I don't make the rules and I am just pointing out the obvious.
Now I can't tell you why the Yankees seemingly get a pass either, they just do. Its odd. Maybe Selig is in play here, I don't know. They are of course the face of baseball. Maybe it is because they were allready under a large contract, or something like that, but from an organization that requires your hair to be just so, its ok to stick a needle in your ass?
Maybe Clemens and Pettitte get a pass because they were once Yankees, and if so Bonds should sign there for the Major league minimum.
Anything to remove the bamboo spikes he has shoved in his toes.