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Bye Bye Barry

By bullpenbrian at 10.22.2010 2 comments.

Ann Killion of Sports Illustrated wrote an interesting article about how the Giants have moved on from Barry Bonds, who tossed out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 3 of the NLCS.

Bonds was in attendace at AT&T Park as part of the honoring of the club’s 2002 World Series team, which lost the series in seven games to Anaheim.

Even today I remember that Giants team well. I loved guys like Reggie Sanders, Benito Santiago, Kenny Loften and Robb Nen. I oohed & ahed over the brand new ballpark, and more than anything, I remember the Giants adopted theme song.

A song for which, I must apologize in advance for sharing before what could’ve been a wonderful weekend for you. But the memories, I tell you, are all worth it!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He82NBjJqf8&fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6]

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  1. Douglas Heeren says:

    What I find so interesting about the PED issue is baseball is that the owners and GM’s knew to some degree it was going on and refused to stop it. If I am working at a job that pays me alot of money and can do something to get an edge that is not against the rules of the job, I think the decision to use PED’s is a no brainer. Look, I’m 48 yrs old and used anabolics before July 1, 1985 when they became a scheduled drug. The use of strength drugs never killed anyone, it’s the abuse. Used in moderation, synthetic homrmones are actually good for you. they are given to burn victims, people with low sperm counts, ect. They have medical uses. Why the media forgets this I’ll never know. Bonds did nothing wrong in my eyes.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Yeah, no doubt the owners knew to some degree what was taking place.
      Fans love offense, and fans love the long ball. With business booming why interfere, right?
      Doesn’t mean taking no action was a wise decision by MLB.
      It’s still a serious issue with the game, and for a long while, too long in fact, it wasn’t addressed seriously.

      The argument to ban steroids in baseball has nothing to do with its medical benefits outside the game.
      How they changed the game by altering what should be an equal playing field is the focal point.
      Players such as Bonds, who you’ve mentioned, (and Lord knows there are many others!) did break the rules of baseball by taking PEDs.
      Steroids, although not tested for by the league, were against the rules long before they surfaced heavily in the late 1990s.

      The fact anabolic steroids are illegal without a prescription in this country is not to be over looked, either.
      Which is a huge reason why the famous faces of steroids use, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa & Clemens hid, or continue to hide from the truth.
      If these guys, in particular, truly felt they were within their right to use PEDs they wouldn’t continue to run from the truth today.

      That said, I understand why players, especially those boarding the line between MLB and Triple-A, would partake in PEDs.
      The league wasn’t testing effectively, there was lots of money involved and the risk of being caught was basically non-existent.
      But the risk, both personally and professionally, is assumed by the players with their decision to use.

      In the end, however, it’s a black and white issue in my eyes. Taking steroids meant breaking the rules.
      And all who were involved with the game during this era are at fault: owners, players and the media.

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