Originally posted by Goldson38:
Originally posted by 80sbaby24:
If Bonds had a lineup anywhere close to the Rangers, and actually got pitched to, he would have hit 120 homeruns in 2001. And I dont feel like I am exaggerating in the slightest bit.
You mean 120*
I like how everything with Bonds is tainted, and hes the only one. At least half of baseball was doing something in that era, but hes the only guy that people want to erase from the record book.
Baseball players have been cheating since the beginning. In some way, shape, or form. All the guys from before the mid 80's get automatic immunity, and the "wholesome, fair and square" label. It might not have been steroids, but I bet youd be shocked at how much the old time guys were bending the rules. Its not like baseball players from 1985-2005 all the sudden had no morals. The same factors that caused players to cheat in the steroid era came out in other forms during the rest of history.
It comes down to the fact that people hated Bonds. He was a jerk to the media, which represented him to the public. Bonds never even took anything illegal. The stuff he was using wasnt even on the banned substance list at the time. Then you got A-Rod getting caught using illegal substances that were specifically banned, and nobody even remembers it. You think A-Rod is going to get the same baptism of fire if he ever passes Bonds?
The fact that 85% of baseball fans think of Bonds as a cheater who deserves to be left out of the HOF just shows how powerful the media is at swaying an audience. Bonds was a HOFer before he ever touched roids. Now its going to take him a long time to get in, just out of spite.
Steroids had nothing to do with the ability Bonds had. His bat speed and eye for the zone were unmatched regardless. Steroids helped, but he got the biggest boost in just simply being able to play 150+ games a year well after age 35. It really wasnt as much about the power as people think.
Bonds played in an era. He wasnt the only guy benefiting from the substances. Does that make it right? No. But you have to step back and look at the big picture, which wasnt about him, but the game as whole. He was the best player of his era. He gave us an idea of what it was like to be a baseball fans in the days of Babe Ruth, where every at-bat was a spectacle. As a Giants fan, you would center your plans around when Bonds was going to bat. "Don't leave the room, Bonds is up next inning." As a non-Giants baseball fan, people specifically bought tickets to games against the Giants if you lived in another city, just to see Bonds hit.
The notion that you can inject a drug and become like Babe Ruth is funny to me. Maybe its different for people who saw him play everyday, I dont know. The fact that the media and the fans are taking one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen, and turning it into a big farce is a shame.