I’ve been reading posts on this board for the better part of a year regarding this topic. The level of rationalization and denial that occurs amongst the hard-core Bonds defenders is truly off the charts.
The fact is that these people will never be satisfied with any level of evidence. An unnamed source is as common as a byline in journalism. To say that a statement is unreliable purely because someone doesn’t go on the record (because they would go to jail for leaking grand jury testimony) is desperate. There are thousands of unnamed sources for thousands of articles in sports and politics every day. Most fans who are drawing the line on this one, don’t blink an eye at any of those – which more often than not deal with far more important issues in our society than Barry Bonds.
But this whole ‘show me the evidence’ movement amongst the Bonds apologists has been a weak, but consistent, attempt to draw anyone, who states what is pretty much obvious, into a catch 22 because IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A SMOKING GUN in this situation.
They will say things like ‘he has to admit it himself’. When word of that comes out, they attack the credibility of journalists based on some sort of bias that they feel when they hear something they don’t like. It is impossible for grand jury testimony that is sealed to be legally released to the public, but they will demand that the unnamed source stand up and go to jail for telling America the truth. The fact is, even without Barry admitting to ‘roids use, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. Scott Peterson was convicted on such evidence. No one saw him kill his wife. There was no murder weapon with his prints on it at the scene. It was just common sense. Same applies here.
1. It is unnatural for someone to physically excel to Barry’s proportions at his age. If I saw his father do so, I’d be more apt to believe it because of genetics. But, because that didn’t happen, I’m less likely to believe it because of genetics. Similarly, if he hit 60-70 HRs for the majority of his career, I’d tend to say it’s legit. But almost doubling your output in one season in the twilight of his career? Huge red flag.
2. Anderson dealt ‘roids out to as many people as he could, including Bond’s training partner Shef, but not his prime client?
3. It has also been reported that there are records of payments sent to BALCO from Bonds and courier records showing deliveries from BALCO to Bonds. So he had a relationship with a known steroid distributor.
4. I was listening to Mike and the Mad Dog here in NYC a couple of days ago and Chris Russo (Mad Dog), who is the biggest Barry Bonds fan on the planet, said he spoke with an unnamed friend of his in the Justice Department who told him not only that the reported testimony was true, but that they have Bonds “nailed” on more than just the ’03 season. Russo could NEVER be dismissed as a Bonds-hater. Bonds was (and I mean past tense) his idol. When this stuff first surfaced, Russo defended Bonds to his last breath.
Circumstantial evidence, taken individually, can be easily dismissed. But, collectively, it paints a pretty convincing picture. Splitting hairs over a statement here and a statement there only obscures the forest with the trees. Injection, balm, rub, osmosis, it doesn’t matter. It’s still taking ‘roids.
I guess I could go out to a street corner somewhere and buy a bag of a white substance from a known drug dealer, go home, and then re-emerge totally invigorated with a case of the sniffles and then try and claim I only had a cup of coffee. But, anyone with any level of objectivity would know better. No drug test would be necessary. Such a test might me necessary for those who are close to me that would never believe I’d do such a thing. But, for the average person who is indifferent towards me, it would be obvious.
I agree with what was posted earlier that the onus is on Bonds. If this report by the SF Chronicle is a fabricated lie and he never admitted to taking steroids, then WHERE’S THE LAWSUIT? And don’t say that a potential smear on his legacy isn’t something to sue over.
We have heard Bonds and some of his fans on this board arrogantly attack anyone who proclaims that the emperor is naked. Such attacks are weak and desperate. If Barry has been unjustly fingered for using steroids he reportedly admitted to taking, then he needs to file suit so that he will be able to say UNDER OATH that he never testified such to the grand jury. But this will never happen because he is clinging by a thread on the confidentiality surrounding the issue. In fact, the Player’s Union’s number one priority is preserving the confidentiality of ‘roids tests so that players can continue to use and test positive and escape the deserved scorn Bonds is facing now.
On another note, it was said earlier that baseball is a private institution and government has no place interfering in it. Not so. Many ballparks are financed with public money, hence the public concern. I cannot wait for the legislature to give the Player’s Union the bi#chslap it’s been begging for.