Bonds has 99 problems and a pitch aint one. Regarding the Balco fiasco, the man should be nervous if he cared. But he doesnt. He played under the microscope last year until it was up his nose and down his rear and he still didnt falter. While Bonds turned scoreboards into pinball machines, others embroiled in the controversy cracked miserably. Jason Giambis uncanny resemblance to Waldo from the Hot for Teacher video made the Balco spotlight burn white hot considering the guy looked like Triple H for the past four years. Immediately prior to the 2004 ALCS, Gary Sheffield sang like Henry Hill when he tattled about the cream and losing his personal chef to Bonds. (That guy must have made a great strudel.) They simply couldnt escape the Balco maelstrom with their bodies and/or integrity intact.
Bonds is another animal entirely, I guess, and thats not to say hes any better. When asked about everything Balco-related, hes said in the past that hes forty and doesnt need to answer to anyone. Im 32, my wifes 36 (Oh yeah! Older! The tops!) and my parents are sniffing 60. We have to answer to people as Im sure you do, but he doesnt? I wasnt aware that the forty year mark is the finishing line when it comes to having accountability. Thats an interesting perspective. All I know is that when baseballs behind him, hell have to answer to that reflection in the mirror if he doesnt have a sit-down with his son and daughters first.
Were talking about a kids game. No amount of money from Nike and MasterCard or Spider-Man 2 bases are bigger than that, let alone Barry and his ego. Its arguable that no amount of cream an clear can enable Bonds to keep those wrists up, turning over perfectly and smacking fastballs from the likes of Gagne and K-Rod. Personally, I dont think it does. Theres much more to Bonds than Balco and his attitude has ensured us that well never know. When it comes to his legacy, though, itd be nice to see him say hes sorry to no one in particular but for everyone to hear. For Barry, it would be a great start.
Keith Larson writes for SFDugout.com because he's lived and died with the Giants since 1972. He welcomes all words of praise and insult at firstname.lastname@example.org, but mentioning anything having to do with Game 6 is to be done with extreme caution.
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