BARRY BONDS: SKIP THE TRIP TO COOPERSTOWN
Posted by athomeatfenway on November 2, 2007
Barry says he won’t come to Cooperstown. Are you OK with that ? I am. But why do so many of us think that Bonds should be excluded from the Hall despite the transgressions of those already in the Hall ? Babe Ruth was an unreliable, game-skipping, drinking, smoking, fornicating machine of a man so self-centered & immature he couldn’t remember anyone’s name & thus called everyone “Keed”. And he’s in. Ty Cobb was an antisocial, bitter, racist, violent character who went into the stands at the Polo Grounds and beat senseless a cripple he suspected had called him a racial epithet, a nasty name that Ty himself used everyday for others. And he’s in. Ban Johnson & JG Taylor Spink conducted their businesses, the American League and The Sporting News respectively, for decades with shamelessly racist and biased designs to keep African Americans out of Baseball until 1947. And they are in. The Hall of Fame isn’t Disneyland or Kindergarten. It’s somewhat like a Revival Tent complete with sinners. So why draw the line at Steroids ? Why pick on him ? Sure he chemically altered his body to produce 762 Home Runs instead of about 550. There is no debate about that once you read GAME OF SHADOWS. So what if he won’t talk to the media ? So what if he disassociates himself from his team mates and has a private locker room with throne-like chair ? Who cares ? He’s a baseball player. We don’t have to take him fishing. He’s not coming over to grill and play jarts. He’s not getting a Christmas card this year. And frankly, HE DOESN’T CARE. He has more money than he’ll ever need. He has a knack, like Pete Rose, of maintaining an orbit of followers and enablers. So let’s be at peace with that and move on to the issue at hand: Keep out anyone who could go in based solely or largely on the abuse of records through the use of steroids. KEEP BARRY BONDS OUT OF THE HALL OF FAME. And that’s not all. KEEP MARK McGWIRE OUT, TOO. Baseball’s long ago track record is indefensible but 50 wrongs do not make a right. Let’s do the right thing as often as we can going forward and honor the game and it’s fans, the crown jewels of Baseball, the people who come together to enjoy the game & its history, and the community of Baseball. Barry has threatened to boycott his assumed induction if the record-breaking ball is now displayed at the Hall with an asterisk. That is Barry’s right. Let’s respect his rights. He’s entitled. Let’s go further. Let’s resolve to forgive and support Barry when inevitably the hammer finally falls on him. His drug dealer is still in jail for refusing to testify to a California Grand Jury. He has income tax problems. He will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame. A career 550 HR hitting, 100-RBI, .320 hitter is going to be barred from the Hall of Fame because he cheated in order to become a 762 HR hitting physical oddity. He has to live with the legacy of being one of the most disliked & disrespected baseball heroes of all time, right alongside Ty Cobb, for whom there is no legacy of justice and peace. Leave Barry Bonds alone. And leave him out of the Hall of Fame.