(first, i've gotta say that I'm a bit nervous about creating yet another Barry Bonds diary when I could have posted this message on a previous thread. however, i do think that's i'm trying to start a discussion that hasn't been had head-on. i hope at least some of you will agree that this discussion needs to take place.)
We all seem to be in agreement about two things:
- bonds is jerk.
- bonds took steriods.
the steriods knowledge is "new". it's a bad thing that's been going on for a long time, but officially, we just found out about it. bonds is the poster boy for this "discovery".
personally, i don't really care that bonds is a jerk. but i am deeply affected by his steriod use. you know why? because he reminds me that giambi (and maybe tejada) were cheating when we had the best team in baseball. he reminds me that canseco and mcguire were cheating when we had the best team in baseball. he makes me feel ashamed of the team i love.
as an a's fan, i would feel like a total hypocrite for booing bonds because he took steriods. you want to boo him because he's a jerk? go ahead. make signs saying, "you made my kid cry when you wouldn't sign an autograph, you big meanie." but before you start preparig your syringes and drawing your big * sign, think about how you'd feel if those flags in the outfield said 1988*, 1989*, 1990*, 2000*, 2002*, and 2003*.
bonds is only the messenger, and the message heavily implicates the a's.