WickedSmaat wrote:I haven't stated that he hasn't taken steroids. What I'm saying is that steroids isn't the end all be all of Barry's career as a Home Run hitter. You guys make it sound like he was some scrawny little speedster that slapped base hits all around. Barry has been a great player his whole career. His dad was a great player. Do I think he's the best player all-time? No. But give me a break.
For me its the fact that Bonds was a great player before the steroids that makes his cheating an even more egregious offense. He would've gone to the Hall of Fame if he stayed clean. He hit for average, belts 30-something HRs a year, a good lot of RBIs, and was an all-around excellent player. Yet still, he had to cheat. He wasn't happy being one of the best to ever play the sport and doing it legit, he had to cheat his way into the record books.
The fact that he would've gone to the Hall of Fame clean is all the more reason he nor anything he's accomplished since cheating belong in the Hall of Fame.
I dont know how anyone can respect the player or the sport when it celebrates an admitted cheater, who mocks the fans with an excuse on par with "my dog ate it" when he goes on record saying he took steroids, but didnt know they were steroids. Or when the commissioner has it on record that a player is about to go into the record books when he admittedly cheated, and he turns a blind eye, fearful of just how corrupt the sport has become. Or when the fans celebrate and honor a cheater, an admitted cheater, along with the coward commissioner and the corrupt league, and sing his praise when he has in fact earned nothing, and instead tarnished the sport his so called accomplishments belong to.
But I guess baseball doesn't care. They pay homage to their reigning Homerun record holder, BALCO, and happily ignore that a 100 year past time has become nothing more than a farce. Its a shame, I used to love baseball, would watch Phillies games, even though they sucked, religiously with my dad, but I can't stand seeing how the sport has smeared its own legends by allowing Bonds and the steroid corruption to go this far. The two most heralded records in American sports during the 90's were the single season HR record and the all-time HR record. Now both are meaningless, as they belong to admitted cheaters.