Wednesday, August 08, 2007

King Bonds

Last night Barry Bonds became the all-time home run king pulling number 756 into the right center gap at Pac Bell Park. Barry triuphantly thrust his arms in the air upon making contact with the fateful pitch. Now unless you have been in a cave the last few years you know Barry has played the last 5 years under the shadow of accusations he used steroids. Some feel Barry has recieved an unfair amount of the blame for the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball in the last 25 years. It seems clear however Barry's personality at least when it comes to the media has helped acrew Barry a lot of the scrutiny he has recieved over steroids. As a Cubs fan I witnessed the amazing physical transformation of Sammy Sosa from thin spindley outfielder in 1996 to super buff home run machine in 2 years. It seemed however Sosa's easy banter with the Chicago media helped defelect much of the blame and suspicion he should of recieved for his transformation. Bonds seems to have a confrontational relationship with the media always suspecting them of conspiring against them. Bonds also seems to have a reputaion for having an attitude and being disliked by his teamates. If Barry had a more positive relationship with the media and try to patch up the at least precieved differences with his team would he recieve less criticisim? It is impossible to say but interesting to consider.


YChromPhil said...

Personally I'm not sure it would make a huge difference...I look at Jose Canseco, who is generally despised by actually confronting the media with this steroids stuff and answering every question...he is then considered to be selling out or getting back at MLB (which is hard to argue with).

Sammy though does make your point somewhat, a lot of people still like him. With the Rangers struggling this season though we haven't been able to see the true test of media scrutiny of a well-liked juicer.

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