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article imagePeople Hate Barry Bonds Like a Pit Bull Banker

By Carol Forsloff     Mar 5, 2009 in Sports
Barry Bonds was the epitome of the baseball champion. He made records and took high honors for his batting average and baseball heroics. Now he is being batted around badly with the crippling weight of blows by former fans for taking steroids.
Bonds was never known for gracious manners and sweetness in the field. This was no flower-picking fellow, but a take-no-prisoners batter that made baseball headlines.
Some believe he has been hated because of his race. Other fans feel that it was Bonds bad attitude that did him in.
The baseball slugger goes up for trial in March, and it is thought he won’t even get a hand slap. That will be helpful since his admission years ago made him a baseball disgrace for taking performance enhancement drugs, in the face of his fabulous records in baseball. Still the trial is said to be a big one. But here’s a salient fact about the sport that is relevant to the present situation. 104 players tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of baseball in 2003. That was in spite of the fact that the players knew the tests were imminent.
The sadness is that Barry Bonds had an incredible career in baseball and is part of the history of the sport. Perhaps that is why people now put him up as a principal target since he was so much up on a pedestal before. He is the son af another all-star player, Bobby Bonds. He excelled in all three sports of baseball, basketball and football during high school, then moved on to the San Francisco Giants after finishing high school, then interrupted his career with the Giants to go to college where he earned a degree in criminal justice at Arizona State University, Then he really began his major league creer with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, leaving the Pirates to be a free agent with the Giants, a team that his father had played on for seven years. Willy Mays is his godfather, Reggie Jackson his uncle, so he is part of a family of athletes.
Bonds became the king of home runs with a record number 756 as he took the crown from Hank Aaron, another baseball hero. It is likely these great achievements will stand as testimony to Bonds greatness or to his demise, depending upon the outcome of the trial this month. We will learn then how baseball ultimately treats its heroes who cheat and how that may impact the memory of this mighty man of baseball.
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