People like to take the high ground whenever it is convenient for them. If you’ve never been put into an opportunity that could cause you to make a questionable moral decision, than it’s easy to condemn it.

But let’s face it, when it comes down to it, if you say that to save your job, you wouldn’t have at the very least tried PHDs, then I’m calling you a liar.

I think it’s often lost on us who don’t play the sports we love for a living that it is, in fact, a job to these athletes. I don’t have to remind anybody how scary it is living in the real world without a way to make a living. Regardless of your previous income.

I hear a lot of folks say that Bonds stats need to be tossed out prior to 1999. I also hear a lot of these very same people talk about the “human factor” in the game and that Armando Galarragas game effort should not be overturned into a perfect game.

Is not craving to stay on top, and doing whatever possible to succeed a human response? I don’t think it can be argued that it isn’t.

The fact is, Barry Bonds is simply the greatest to ever pick up the lumber and swing it. Like him or not, for most the answer is not. However, his job was not to be liked. It was play ball. Nobody did it better.

The 500-500 club. He invented it. I don’t ever think we’ll see another member.

Not to mention the fact that people often overlook his defense, simply because his offense was so impressive. The man won eight Gold Gloves. No small number.

The bottom line is, who was ever a more complete package? You can argue Willie Mays, and a valid argument it would be. But he didn’t have the pure hitters ability that Barry had. The sweetest swing that ever grace a field belonged to Barry. Anybody who knows a thing about hitting won’t argue.

It’s unfortunate that Barry played in the steroid era, and took them, like so many others to keep his spot.

It’s easy to act high and mighty when not put into a spot where acting low is the most logical choice.

We don’t have to like it, but to ignore the last 8 years of his career is not the way to handle it.

Just like Galaragga’s gem, that was not to be, we must accept it for what it is.

Simply put, part of the game.


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