jfg wrote:There's a difference between donating to corporate charities to write off some taxes and what Bonds did. I never thought Bonds was a jerk, he just was a really private guy who learned that from watching how people treated his dad. San Fran fans love him and the media doesn't. Am I going to take the media's side or Bonds' side. Um, that's a no brainer. The only problem I ever had with Bonds is that once records were in sight he should have taken a dive. But, when the record is McGwire's whom I'm sure Bonds knew was a user even that is forgivable.
Taken a dive why? Because the amphetamine user Hank Aaron is seen as clean in the public's eye?
Thank you! I want to slug people like Jim Rice in the face for smearing the, "steroid era," players and placing himself and others from a previous era on a pedestal. The fact amphetamines, aka greenies, get a hall pass from the media and general public is mind boggling. In the dog days of summer, they were without question a performance enhancer. Going even further, why do players from the segregated era of baseball get a pass as well? What would a player like Babe Ruth's numbers look like if he didn't play against a watered down player pool and had to face the best pitchers in the Negro Leagues of that time?
Was Bonds arrogant? Yes, absolutely. Was he less than friendly and short with the media? Yup. Did he shove camera men and lash out at media like Randy Johnson and Kenny Rogers? Not that I remember. How about behaving like a brute of a teammate? Sure, from the sounds of things, but no more so than say Jeff Kent.