Two reporters for the San Francisco Chronicle have written a book entitled "Game of Shadows".The book ,according to a cbs sportsline article states Barry used a vast array of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone, for at least five seasons beginning in 1998. Below is an excerpt from a Sportsline.com article on the recently released book:
Authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, who led the newspaper's coverage of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) scandal, detail the specifics of Bonds' drug regimen, which they write started in 1998 with injections of Winstrol, a powerful steroid also linked to Rafael Palmeiro. Former world record-holding sprinter Tim Montgomery also was linked to the U.S. government investigation of BALCO.
According to the book, Bonds used several substances in various forms -- by injecting himself with a syringe, taking injections from Anderson, gulping pills, putting liquid drops under his tongue or rubbing cream on his skin.
Bonds became so experienced and well-versed with the regimen that he occasionally overruled Anderson and took control of his own doping schedule, the book says.
I say Barroid aka Barry Bonds should never be allowed into the Baseball Hall of Fame because he continues to this day to refute any evidence that he used steroids, human growth hormones or performance enhancing drugs willingly. This is the only reason I think he should be kept out of the HOF. If he had come clean to MLB, then I wouldn't feel the need to ban him...but he hasn't. Ken Caminiti told the world of his steroid use during his MVP season. I worshipped that man when he was with my beloved Padres. I loved to sit along the 3rd base line and watch him play the hot corner. I was heartbroken when he confessed his use of steroids, but I respect him for doing so. Its part of "getting clean" according to experts in the field of drug abuse. If what these two reporters say in their book wasn't true..you can bet your sweet ass Barroid would be hot-footing it over to his attorney's office to file a slander or libel case against them. He isn't. He is at the Giants spring training facility in AZ. Any records he holds that were set during the time frame stated in the book should be wiped off the books. Its cheating..the man cheated baseball, the fans and the former record-holders by using substances that are illegal to use or purchase anywhere in the United States unless you are prescribed them for an AIDS regime. Dusty Baker and the Giants ownership never bothered to wonder if he was doing 'roids, as long as he could hit the long ball, it didn't matter to them. Barroid Bonds is a disgusting, ego-filled jackass that cheated..plain and simple. Barroid is in the final year of his contract with the Giants. I hope they do not resign him but its their choice. Some teams need all the help they can get, even if it means having a cheating sumbitch on the payroll who has never come clean on how he did what he did or why he felt the need to do it. As a lover of all things baseball, this shocks and saddens me. I have never been a fan of barry's but I did respect his abilities. I have not one scintilla of respect for him now...and I never will again.
Lets revisit one of Barroids quotes on the subject of steroid use in baseball shall we? "Doctors ought to quit worrying about what ballplayers are taking. What players take doesn't matter. It's nobody else's business. The doctors should spend their time looking for cures for cancer. It takes more than muscles to hit homers. If all those guys were using stuff, how come they're not all hitting homers?"
-- May 21, 2002
An excerpt of the book appears in Sports Illustrated this week. A link to the excerpt is HERE. Read it and weep..for baseball and those who love the sport and play it without the use of illegal,body-damaging drugs. His racial comments regarding Mark McGwire were a shock to me. This coming from a man who NEVER experienced what Willie Mays,his own father or Hammerin' Hank Aaron did,outright racist behavior towards men of color. What gave Barroid the right to make racist comments about Big Mac?..nothing but envy..the green-eyed monster that lurks in everyone. Barroid starting using Steroids the season after Big Mac set the record for homers..Read the excerpt. If your a fan of Barroid's you might change your view..if your not.it will only reinforce your view that this man is a piece of bat guano that needs to be shown the door.