Don’t hate Barry Bonds, hate the era

Chris Biderman

Barry Bonds is guilty, no doubt about it.

After information was leaked from his grand jury testimony stating that he did in fact take “the cream” and “the clear” all the speculation was over. Bonds admitted that he had taken steroids at the BALCO trial, but he also admitted that he did so unknowingly.

With today’s market for wildly effective supplements and workout enhancers running rampant all over the world, it’s very possible that Bonds’ trusted his trainer Greg Anderson not to allow him to take something that would ruin his reputation and damper his amazing career.

But Anderson knew what people all over baseball knew. Everyone was using steroids, and it forced non-users to turn into users, just so the playing field was level for everyone.

Baseball was at a new golden era in the late ’90s, with heroes like Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa blasting home runs left and right. More people were going to games, the television ratings were off the charts, and baseball commissioner Bud Selig was living the high life.

But it all came crashing down when the roid-raged Jose Canseco dropped a bomb shell on the entire sports world with his new book, “Juiced.” He revealed everything he knew about steroids and multiple names of players who were using them. The former user not only stole Selig’s lunch money, but he used it to take the commissioner’s girl friend out on a date.

So there Selig was, a deer in the middle of the 405, wondering how he was going to save baseball.

Fans were in an uproar, and all of a sudden everyone who had ever taken steroids was given a scarlet letter. Their once heralded careers meant nothing because they were just trying to keep up with everyone else.

Names like McGuire, Sosa, and Rafael Palmero were all linked to the stuff. Their nationally televised testimonies in federal court didn’t really help their case either. All of a sudden, Sosa forgot all the English he’s ever known. The once huge McGuire did everything he could to say he was guilty without directly saying it, and Palmero adamantly denied everything he would soon be found guilty of.

What now Bud?

Well, Selig’s solution was to go back in time and look for everyone who did steroids back when baseball was at its peak, and finally implement a testing system.

Meanwhile, everyone in tune with the real world switched from steroids to human growth hormone (HGH) that is invisible to baseball’s drug tests. So now, while Selig and his gang of steroid hunters were busy looking into the past, a new drug movement was taking place here and now.

Bonds being the smart man that he is, knew that he was in the clear (no pun intended). Selig was conducting a witch-hunt while he was breaking records, with no trace of steroids around him.

The entire baseball world outside of San Francisco hates Bonds because they believe he is a cheater. Sure, he admitted to taking the stuff, but he also said he didn’t know they were illegal. Selig will do his best to find otherwise, but in reality, it’s impossible to prove.

So now the new home run king is the most hated man in baseball because of something he allegedly took knowingly. But what about everyone else?

Barry’s gets a bad wrap because he’s the best, plain and simple. But Canseco says in his book that its possible that 75 percent of major leaguers were doing the same thing. What’s to say he’s wrong?

He would know after all. He took them, he played in the majors with seven teams over 20 years, and knew countless players. Is there a more credible source than that?

So yeah, Barry cheated. But it’s impossible to prove it, and its impossible to prove he’s the only one.

Just because he’s the best does not mean he’s the most accountable; it means he’s the easiest target.