The HOF ballot is going to be seriously clogged for years. I thought it was sad that Williams, Lofton, Julio Franco, and Dale Murphy all dropped off without a ripple.
Dale Murphy made ripples. I think his son running such a stupid, negative campaign hurt Murph, didn’t it?
On “Clubhouse Confidential”, you said that Barry Bonds “made a farce of the game” with his steroid use. How did Bonds’ use make a “farce” of the game any more than any other player who used steroids?
He was the most aggressive abuser, at least among players with some modicum of talent. He was the guy who was on the cutting edge, the guy who was hooked into the “best” suppliers who could give him the latest, most powerful substances.
Look, when Sammy and Mac were having their home run race, people knew they were using steroids, and nobody cared. Later on, after the fact, people decided that it was a terrible sin to have used them things. I think that’s unfair, to impose after the fact a moral judgment about behavior that was accepted at the time—or, at the least, to impose a HARSH judgment now for what was accepted then.
But AFTER the public had turned against steroids, AFTER it had become a scandal, Bonds engaged in a sustained and complex pattern of deception in order to keep doing it. To me, that’s a different thing. It’s not the steroids, it’s the lying that’s the issue.
Posted: January 13, 2013 at 06:15 AM | 53 comment(s)
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