Tony Guastella goes after, "HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED" and we aren't talking Lord Voldemort for all you Harry Potter fans.
Barry Bonds is going to hit his 756th home run.Â That is inevitable.Â It could happen this weekend in Milwaukee, next week in San Francisco, or it could take him another month.Â No matter how hard I wish, it is going to happen.Â And when it does, I will do nothing.
Barry Bonds is a great player, steroids or no steroids.Â Heâ€™s also one of the biggest jerks (in my opinion)Â to play the great game of baseball since Ty Cobb.Â For Barry to break the record of a great man such as Hank Aaron is a travesty.Â For Barry to have the steroids cloud hanging around his head while doing it is even worse.Â Henry Aaron never hit more than 47 home runs in a single season during his 23-year career.Â Barry Bonds high was 46 before he allegedly became jealous of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.Â Since then he has hit 49, 73, 46, 45, 45, 5, 26 and so far 19 this season.Â How is it that someone whose game was speed with above average power, has become someone whose game has been great power with no speed for the past 8 years?Â
Barry Bonds was a hall or famer before the steroids issues.Â He would have gone down as one of the best players to have ever played the game of baseball.Â That is not a question.Â His talent level was higher than every other player of the nineties.Â That wasnâ€™t enough for him.Â He needed to have the most meaningful record in all of baseball.Â He couldnâ€™t handle the press and publicity that other alleged cheaters Sosa and McGwire were getting.Â He had to have it all.Â Thatâ€™s the kind of person that Barry is.Â Itâ€™s all about Barry.Â When the Balco case was in itâ€™s early stages, he would deny, deny, deny.Â To a grand jury he told them that he had taken what he thought was flaxseed oil.Â This coming from a man who is as intense about what he puts into his body as anyone since Bill Romanowski (who alarmingly was also part of the Balco case). Barryâ€™s former trainer and close friend is sitting in jail right now because he has decided not to talk to a grand jury about Bondsâ€™s steroid use.Â If it were me, I would have given him up at the drop of a hat and become the most well liked man in baseball, that hasnâ€™t played the game.Â So when Barry hits number 756, donâ€™t cheer.Â Donâ€™t boo.Â Donâ€™t do anything, because that is not the record.Â 755 will remain in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere until someone can come along (AROD) and break it with more dignity and less controversy than Barry.Â Good luck Barry, I hope to forget your career.