Lynching Barry

Posted: 12th March 2006 by David Burnett in Major League Baseball, Steroids

The lynch mob is gathering for Barry Bonds. With excerpts in Sports Illustrated released from a new book about Bonds’ alleged steroid use they now have the “proof” they need to drum his uppity, sour ass out of baseball, and perhaps strip him of his records.

Heading the lynch mob is former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent who says there now needs to be a Dowd Report type investigation into Bonds. Current commissioner Bud Selig is said to be considering the investigation option. For me this is the last straw. If Bonds is banned or disciplined in any way short of an official and current positive steroid test, I will never watch another baseball game.

The singling out of Bonds is the most vile lynching attempt I’ve ever witnessed in sports. This arrogant, non-smiling black man has rubbed so many people the wrong way that the lynch mob has determined he must be eliminated. The mob gathers for Bonds despite overwhelming circumstantial evidence that as many as half or more of ALL baseball players for more than a decade enhanced their play with some type of steroid or other performance enhancing drug – with the wink and nod approval of Major League Baseball which needed the public relations boost of monstrous record breaking home runs.

I will not say that Bonds is innocent of using steroids. I concede that he most likely was a user. But if he did use he was simply the best of the steroid era. If Bonds is stripped of records or banned, then ALL steroid suspects including: Luis Gonzalez, Brady Anderson, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Raphael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi and Roger Clemens MUST also be banned or stripped.

This whole anti-Bonds movement is about Babe Ruth and The Record. It also feels racially motivated and hateful. We may not like the sullen, often anti-social Bonds, but he should not be destroyed because of our dislike. He did not vote himself MVP a record setting seven times. Barry Bonds the steroid sinner is not alone, but if he is banned or stripped, baseball with its long history of hypocrisy should be embarrassed and ashamed.

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