Barry Bonds = Greg Stillson
Remember the movie 'The Dead Zone' with Christopher Walken? Of course you do. Now, remember how that movie ended (spoiler alert for people who just woke up from a 25-year coma)? You know, where Martin Sheen grabs the baby to use as a human shield against an assasination attempt?
When Barry Bonds said the words, "Could you zoom out to get my son in the picture? I want everyone to see who you're hurting here." he officially became the sports world's Greg Stillson, a delusional, sad psychopath, so painfully unaware of the notion of consequences and responsibility that he's just pathetic to watch. Dos this mean that Barry Bonds will start nuclear armageddon unless he's stopped? Maybe. Seriously though, Bonds' problem isn't a meglomaniacal desire to destroy the earth, but rather a complete inability to realize that he's created everything he's suffering from.
As Jon Stewart said the other night on the Daily Show, "I'd like to personally apologize, as part of the media, for calling you skinny and weak 15 years ago and demanding that you do steroids. I'd also like to apologize for daring you to have an affair and cheat on your wife. It was wrong.".
A poll that came out today of likely voters shows Barry Bonds barely getting into the Hall of Fame and Mark McGwire NOT getting in. That's excellent, because it shows that, despite the best efforts of morons like Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, the system works in the end. If you cheat, the immediate rewards are there, but there's a good chance that in the end, your family's name, your history and your legacy will be completely destroyed.
Which brings up a good question. Do you think people like Pete Rose, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds would have lived their lives any differently if they knew how things would turn out? Were they good people that just made a couple of bad decisions or are they assholes that think life is what you take from it and let the other suckers worry about the rules?
In the end I think that baseball IS better without Barry Bonds. Until he shows he's able to live in the real world where people actually suffer consequences for being an egotistical jerk, then let him sit out for good.