Surly Barry Bonds Turns Over New Leaf

Making his return to baseball after six years, Barry Bonds unveiled his new persona, revamped, revitalized, sculpted, and choreographed to engage and entertain the media, and win votes for the Hall of Fame.

The surly, belligerent Bonds of old, who though little of reporters or fans, and who used his star status to massage his own ego and belittle everyone else, is suddenly engaging, humorous, and sporting s broad smile.

Whatever could have brought about this change? Years of exile from the game that was his life for so long? Fading Hall of Fame hopes? Diminishing net worth after years of legal bills and scant income? Probably all of the above. But now the Giants have called, or he called

the Giants, and its all fun and games as he gives his former team a week’s time of auditioning, as he hopes for a permanent gig. If Mark McGwire could resurrect himself and worm his way into the Cardinals’ and then the Dodgers’ good graces and then coaching staffs, why can’t Barry with the Giants?

Well, one difference is that McGwire came clean, admitting his PED use, and his past was for some, forgiven and

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forgotten. Bonds has made no such gesture, and in fact the one chink in the armor of his new persona was when asked about such minute matters as his extended, long-term massive use of illegal steroids that were the reason for his artificially inflated statistics that forever soiled the statistical integrity of professional baseball. Quote Barry:

“I already went to court, and that’s where I’ll leave it…

“And I think anything outside that doesn’t need to be commented on.”
In case you were out of the country for a couple of years, in 2011 Bonds was convicted in Federal Court of the felony of Obstruction of Justice for lying about his steroid used in Grand Jury testimony. His conviction was upheld on appeal last year. Apparently awe-struck by Bonds’ magnificent steroid-built physique and massive head, the judge who presided over his trial gave

him no jail time. Otherwise, he’d be doing his coaching, and smiling, from a prison cell.

What bothers me even more than the Giants bringing Bonds back into major league baseball, and Bonds’ attempts to fool everyone with his personality transplant, is the nauseating fawning over Bonds in which some commentators are engaging. Listening to Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on ESPN’s First Take this morning, it sounded like they were talking not about Bonds, but about some super-being combination of Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln and Jonas Salk.

These guys have less integrity than Bonds.

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