Spring is in the air and so are the baseballs in spring training. And it wouldn’t be baseball season without Barry Bonds defiantly challenging everyone under the sun.
The future Hall-of- Fame slugger is moving in on one of the sports’ most hallowed records, the home run mark of Babe Ruth and “Hammerin” Hank Aaron, and could become one of the most productive hitter of all-time.
But when the San Francisco outfielder addressed the media for the first-time since last fall, all Bonds wanted to do was to provoke anyone that dare question his work ethic or honesty.
And even his testimony in the BALCO steriods grand jury trial was off limits. wBut that didn’t keep him from getting his swings in at anyone that dare step in Barry’s world.
The arrogant, cocky and chippy ball player even pulled out the race card to justify his contempt.
“Because Babe Ruth is one of the greatest baseball players ever, and Babe Ruth ain’t black, either. I’m black. Blacks, we go through a little bit more. Unfortunately I said it, I’m not a racist, though, but I live in the real world. I’m fine with that.”
When asked if he felt the need to make an apology like New York Yankee slugger Jason Giambi did after admitting he took steroids, Bonds said “What did I do?”
Barry, I guess that grand jury testimony that you “unknowingly” took steroids at the urgence of longtime friend and personal trainer Greg Anderson is nothing to apologize about.
I guess young baseball players that idolize maybe baseball’s best all-time slugger and take the mindset “since he took steroids it must be okay to use steroids to become a better baseball player,” and that is okay in your mind.
Then, he took on the media and claimed they lied.
“… All you guys lied. All of y’all and the story or whatever have lied. Should you have asterisk behind your name? All of you lied. All of you have said something wrong. All of you have dirt. All of you. When your closet’s clean, then come clean somebody else’s. But clean yours first, okay.”
When asked about steroids, he turned it around to how good he is. “ You know what, I never — truthfully, I never really paid any attention to it nor did I really care because I worried about me. That’s it. I was good then and I’m still good.”
So the baseball season is just weeks away and nothing has changed over the winter.
Barry is just being Barry, thinking about Barry and challenging anyone who gets in his way.