I’ve written about before, but I’m back after Barry Bonds’ lame defenses during his last press conference in which he was asked about steroid use.
Bonds, dressed casually in a black shirt and jeans, was asked whether he thinks using steroids is cheating.
“I don’t know what cheating is,” he said. “I don’t believe steroids can help your eye-hand coordination, technically hit a baseball. I just don’t believe it. That’s my opinion.”
B.S. buddy. You aren’t being challenged for your high batting average. The question is how you’ve hit so many home runs. Steroid-fueled muscle might not make a .400 hitter, but it could surely add 10-20 homers a year. Muscle mass matters when it comes to hitting for power.
Bonds believes he’s being scrutinized more since he’s closing in on Ruth’s record.
“Because Babe Ruth is one of the greatest baseball players ever, and Babe Ruth ain’t black, either,” he said. “I’m black. Blacks, we go through a little more. … I’m not a racist though, but I live in the real world. I’m fine with that.”
If it’s possible, Bonds is even more disingenuous here. Nobody is giving much thought to Bonds passing the number two home run hitter of all time, they’re thinking about Bonds being number one when he has likely been engaged in serious cheating. We don’t know how many the Babe or Hank Aaron or Willie Mays could have hit with high test coursing through their veins. Racism has become the last resort of the scoundrel in this situation.