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Bonds Ineligible for Role Model Status

by D. E. Carson (writer), , July 16, 2007

San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds is in a slump.

This is a good thing. After the way he conducted himself in the locker room after the Giants’ loss to the Dodgers 5-3. Bonds said to reporters, “It's an embarrassment for me to be wearing this (expletive deleted) uniform 'cause of the way I'm playing. There, that's it. Now go away.”

Oooooh, obsess much? Bonds, who has been stuck at 751 career homeruns since July 3, seems to be somewhat upset that he has not yet overtaken the career homerun record of Hank “Hammer” Aaron. As he walked through the locker room following his immature comments to the press, Bonds flipped over a laundry cart. Way to be a good role model for kids there Barry.

In fact, Bonds doesn’t deserve the moniker of “role model” when one takes into account his admission to using steroids to improve his chances of taking Aaron’s record. It isn’t enough that he broke St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire’s single season home run record, Bonds has set his sights on the last home run record still standing from the days when baseball was a game to be honored and in some cases revered. Bonds seems to want it all. Problem is, he has been cheating his way there. The same was said of McGwire, but this isn’t about him.

The last baseball player to set a legitimate home run record was Hank Aaron. Prior to that, it was Roger Maris. Both of these men set their respective records the old fashioned way – by working hard and doing what they do best: playing baseball.

Today, it’s all about the money. Get the money. Or as Jerry McGuire said, “Show me the money.” Has Major League Baseball bothered to stop and consider why attendance is down at major league parks? Perhaps it’s the thousands of dollars charged for luxury box seats where spectators aren’t really watching the game, just taking up prime real estate in the stadium that would be better served given to the real fans. Nah, that couldn’t be it.

Oh wait, it has to be the millions of dollars paid to no-talent hacks like Bonds who resort to using drugs to make sure they stay in the game and produce home runs. That’s got to be it.

The use of drugs to improve performance has soiled the game of baseball forever. Gone are the days of Hank Aaron, Roger Maris, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and others. The game has been disgraced beyond redemption and all for the love of money. When Aaron, Maris, Cobb, Ruth, DiMaggio, Berra and Mantle played baseball it was for the game and only for the game. They were there for the fans and the fun. It was a great day at the park to see Mickey Mantle hit a home run. So what if he only hit one per game? That’s what made it special – not some home run record. As a side note: the year Roger Maris hit his 61st season home run, he was in a race with Mickey Mantle.

How can youth honestly look at baseball and find someone worth emulating when none exist? Parents worry about their children growing up and falling into the trap of drugs and here in front of God and everybody are men claiming to be professionals who use drugs. Oh sure Bonds says that he no longer uses drugs to improve his game, but can he be believed since he originally tried to hide that fact, only admitting it when confronted head on? The benefit of the doubt will be given to Bonds only on one condition: he renounce the hone runs he logged while using steroids. But after his childish display in the Giants clubhouse on Sunday, it doesn’t seem likely that he will go gentle into that good night…

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1 comments on Bonds Ineligible for Role Model Status

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By Annonymous on December 21, 2007 at 03:36 pm
Bonds cheated. It seems to be more common than I wish it was.
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