Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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.