Can't you see he's tired?!
Aside from the inadvertent Lili Von Shtupp(above) reference, there was nothing funny about the Barry Bonds interview today. Bottom line, he might be out for the year, and the chances of a 40+ year old ball player rehabbing back to peak condition after that much time off begs the question of retirement. All that's certain from what he said is that Barry Bonds is tired, specifically of the media.
Looking not at all like the Bonds who aggressively went after all his detractors a month ago, in a dejected tone he told the media:
"You guys wanted to hurt me bad enough, you finally got there. You wanted me to jump off the bridge, I finally have jumped. You wanted to bring me down, you've finally brought me and my family down. Finally done it. From everybody, all of you."Now, I'm not one to punch a guy when he's down, but what surprised me today wasn't his defeated tone, but the way he still continues to blame all the negativity that surrounds him on the media. Almost as if to say, if only it wasn't reported, then it never happened.
Here's some further speculation from ESPN over what, aside from this 2nd knee surgery in 2 months, is bothering Barry:
- The way sportswriters crucified Mark McGwire over his refusal to answer questions about steroids in front of Congress, even though other ballplayers sat right next to him and did exactly that.
- The on-going BALCO steroid investigation, that appears to be aiming directly for him.
- According to the SF Chronicle, his alleged mistress gave testimony to the BALCO investigation, testimony that he admitted steroid use and about financial matters that could lead to a tax evasion charge.
- News that the same woman intends to write a tell-all book about their 9 year relationship, which began before his current marriage, was put on hold only briefly, and resumed promptly after his honeymoon.
I don't agree.
In fact, it's about time the media stopped publishing fluff-pieces on how great today's players are and point out how impotent the former drug policy was. People complained how ridiculous it was Congress investigated steroids in baseball, but the only reason they did was because baseball's policing of itself became a national joke (not unlike the way people joked about East German athletes taking steroids in the Olympics in the 70's/80's). Considering that the government has granted MLB an anti-trust exemption, one could say they were just protecting their investment.
One last point about the Bonds's view of the media, he refused to begin today until the SF Chronicle beat writer was excused saying, "I'm never going to talk to you for the rest of my life." What he probably didn't realize was, that reporter isn't responsible for continuing to break the BALCO story. Those guys were probably at home polishing their journalism awards.
PS. Man, can you imagine if you had your fantasy draft last night and picked up Bonds only hours before today's announcement? Damn!