Bonds Circus Adds Another Sad Act

Baseball 16 Mar 2011

Just when you hope the Barry Bonds case might have gone away, it emerges from the murky depths, and spews forth more vile slime upon the baseball world.  This time not only is it putrid, but idiotic as well.

Prosecutors are trying to submit recorded voice messages of Bonds’ former mistress, claiming that his verbal tirades towards her reveal ‘roid rage, and therefore proof that he was using steroids.

Really? Is that where this is going?  A scorned mistress who taped conversations with her married boyfriend, who has a reputation for being a jerk to most he comes in contact with anyway?  A woman who is willing to have an affair with a man, with no regard to the consequences it will have on that man’s wife and children, is a believable witness?  That he yelled at her over the phone, and showed signs of male pattern baldness are what are going to prove he lied to congress?


Question:  How do you distinguish ‘roid rage from someone who’s capable of acting like a complete self absorbed ass all on his own?

Question: How do you prove a guy would have had a full head of hair were it not for his reported steroid use?

Question: How do you trust the testimony of a woman who obviously has no moral fiber, no self respect, nor any reason not to portray her former sugar daddy, who shockingly mistreated  her, in the poorest light?

I am not  Barry Bonds defender in any way.  I think he knowingly used PEDs, and lied about it.  He already acknowledged he used “the clear” substance form BALCO used to administer steroids, although denied knowing what it was.  So the debate of whether he used or not is moot.  I have no sympathy for what happens to him, although I do believe MLB has shamefully allowed the players who saved their industry to swing in the wind, while their tacit approval, and looking the other way of what was going on goes unpunished.

An egomaniacal jackass yelling at his mistress, and suffering from male pattern baldness.  Lock him up!

Although we all wish this would just go away, this sad circus is far from over.  All we can do is grab a cotton candy, listen to the carney barkers, and watch the clowns continue to pile out of the mini car while the calliope music plays on.


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  1. Justin Haessly via Facebook
    March 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

    BABIP = Beers and Babes Per Innings Pitched

  2. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm


  3. Justin Haessly via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Yeah, but what was Barry’s BABIP?

  4. Eat2surf
    March 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

    “…All we can do is grab a cotton candy, listen to the carney barkers, and watch the clowns continue to pile out of the mini car while the calliope music plays on.”

    Wonderful analogy!!

    Unfortunately the pattern in our society lately is to build a person (or group of people) up while knowing they are cutting corners.. then we act shocked and put them on display in the stocks for all to throw tomatoes at.

    As Milli Vanilli used to say before we exposed them for doing what everyone wanted them to do.. Blame it on the Rain.

  5. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Mickey Koke – Well said sir!!!!

  6. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    JIMMY G!!!!! One of my favorite catchers and favorite teammates of my career. Thanks for checking out the article! How’s the family? You would not have let me throw a SL to Bonds with 2 strikes would you? You would have called time out, come out to the mound and slapped me around a little and called a FB inside right?

  7. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Second, the “FACT” is that he admitted to using “The CLear” gel that contained steroids. He did not admit to knowing what was in it, but admitted to using it, so why is there any uncertainty as to whether he used or not? HE admitted using, just not to knowing he was using.

  8. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

    First – I threw a 2-2 slider because I was a rookie, and had never faced him. He still looked like a human at that point, and I though I could get him on that pitch. My catcher put down fastball 3 times, but I kept shaking him off. It’s the learnign curve of the young player.

  9. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Byron – too much to address all your comments but will get to two:

  10. Jimmy Gonzalez via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Nice article Bob. So true, enough with this crap already.

  11. Mickey Koke via Facebook
    March 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Sure it gets dicey. But no smoking gun and everyone is clean? No. Dudes head is bigger than Road Island. I am not saying the commissioner, the union, owners should not be held accountable either. He did used the “gel”, apparently unknowingly lol. Well, he still admitted to using a banned substance. However, they (owners/commissioner and BB union) are not the ones breaking records (or have) at alarming rates. Not to say one is more guilty than the other. There are all types of way you can “cheat” the game and integrity of baseball (including some of the aforementioned examples other than players) and still not deserve to be in the HOF in my opinion. It’s not the Hall Of Statistical greatness. It’s players who should be awarded baseball’s utmost praise. Fame, goes well beyond stats and how a particular player handled himself on the BB diamond on and off the field. Case in point, Pete Rose. I don’t believe what he did merits him into the HOF. And.. I do realize that they are completely different things. I know you can talk about players from the golden era that were cheaters, literally. Players that were adulteries’. However, I think we can make valid distinctions between what ethically and morally took away from the game of BB to not deserve to be in the HOF. I believe that there have already been players inducted that should not be there. It is a very flawed system that needs a serious overhaul.

  12. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    “facts”, means bonds is clear

  13. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    mickey, you’re thinking small picture. when i was just in high school everyone i played against in CIF was on roids or at least creatine. the word “cheating” comes into play when you are doing something everyone else is not. its blown up, overrated and ugly; but cheating isn’t a fair word. blame the union, the owners, sportswriters and the liars who said this was a “surprise” of some sort. those people are the sniveling bastards that truly corrupted the era when they just as easily could have put a stop to it. roids never hurt those wallets

  14. Mickey Koke via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Are you responding to me Byron or Bob? I assume you are responding to me. Has to go beyond speculation. Facts.

  15. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    (side note, why would you throw bonds a backdoor slider 2-2?) not talking any Sh*t, but i would never call for that… why did you like it?

  16. Mickey Koke via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hold every player accountable. There should be no exceptions. Whether the Player is on the Padres, Giants, Dodgers or Yankees, they should all be held to the same standards. In my mind, cheating is cheating. There are no exceptions. People want to compare ‘Greenies’ to HGH or steroids, ninja please. Peter Gammons should know better. Sounds like he is preemptively justifying future votes on the HOF ballot for current players who have been linked to PED’s, which is a bunch a BS! Pitchers used PED’s, position players, speedsters. Hold them all accountable, no matter how famous or what personal accolades they have achieved.

  17. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    * this player never competed against a “negro”, latino or asian ballplayer

  18. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    if we chastise barry, basically it means that my entire generation is meaningless. alomar? BS, roid-raging is right up that guy’s alley. you don’t have to be a gorilla to use roids. tell me you think pujols is really 31, or that ortiz has always been clean. how many prolific performers over the last 15 years are free of speculation? bagwell? thats laughable. schilling? you’re right in a way, the owners, managers, and sportswriters were all in those locker rooms. unethical? lets talk about the hush hush of usage until god forbid canseco wrote a book. even the fans knew, so why are these players out on hall of “fame” careers? was mcgwire/sosa race not one of the most nationally covered baseball events ever? our own team… caminiti, finley, joyner, vaughn… all huge roiders… all im saying is that if we start making cuts based on accusations, then the generation needs an asterisk. which to me means everyone up till jackie robinson should f’in have one too.

  19. Dale Entrekin via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    You either have to keep all roid users out or anyone suspected or let all of them in who have the stats that warrant induction. I think they should open a juiced wing of cooperstown. That way the era can be shown for what it is, and 50hr seasons from the greats like richard hldalgo, brady anderson, luis gonzalez can be appreciated by all

  20. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Byron, I am shocked at your leniency on this! You, of all people. Passionate fan of the game and all the good it is supposed to inspire and represent. Yes Barry was destined for the HOF before he started taking the PEDs, but we have no idea exactly when he started taking them, and part of his HOF candidacy is based on his lifetime numbers which are now absolutely meaningless. He dishonored the game to a point where it far overshadows ANY of his accomplishments before he began to verbally abuse his mistresses and losing hair…including hitting career HR #140 off me on a 2-2 back door slider that my catcher begged me not to throw!

  21. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    ill take it bob… common, the man had HOF stats well before the roids came in. you can’t hate the era this much, think about all the “greats” that never had to face satchel paige, or compete with josh gibson. every era has its weakness

  22. Daniel Carbajal via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    My name is Bonds….Barry Bonds.

  23. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I think both have voided themselves from HOF contention. Clemens fiasco is just so embarrassing. I have a clemens autographed jersey that I used to be proud to have…now it’s an albatross that I am not sure what to do with.

  24. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    if they deny bonds the hall, they sure as hell best deny clemens

  25. Dale Entrekin via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Just wait until the clemens trial starts

  26. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    March 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    i completely agree. the question i keep finding myself asking is what history will show, how does a game so dependent on statistics ignore his? in a steroid era; with many players juicing, no one can say he wasn’t by far and away the best. if they take away his numbers then our 1998 pennant should be next.

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