Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run last night surpassing Hank Aaron's all time record of 755 home runs. Unfortunately, most of the sports community is adding a symbolic asterisk to Bonds' record because of his alleged use of steroids.
In the March 7, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated, (which you can read in it's entirety by simply typing Barry Bonds in your search engine and look for the Sports Illustrated entry), there is a detailed excerpt from the book "Game of Shadows", detailing Bond's alleged use of steroids and the people (who have since gone public) who aided and abetted him. Bonds allegedly was "jealous" of all the attention paid to Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa during their 1998 home run battle.
After the 1998 season, Bonds weighed 210 pounds. He reported to camp for the 1999 season at 225 pounds. This prompted the question, "How does a 34 year old man, at an age when his father's (baseball great Bobby Bonds) skills had deteriorated rapidly, gain 15 pounds of solid muscle?"
The answer lies in Bonds friendship with Greg Anderson, who reportedly introduced Bonds to steroids. Bonds later hooked up with Victor Conte, who also supplied steroids to Bonds. Both Anderson and Conte kept detailed records as to the drugs they gave to Bonds. During Bonds usage of steroids, his hair began to fall out, forcing him to shave his head. His head also became noticably larger. Both of these symptoms, along with mood swings are evidence of steroid use.
In a federal IRS raid on Conte's company, BALCO, records were recovered and Conte quickly informed the feds that he, indeed, supplied steroids to well known athletes, including Bonds.
As this is an ongoing issue, with further ramifications yet to be determined, the social "asterisk" next to Bonds record may quite possibly become a concrete reality.
The Pictures: Bobby Bonds and associates, including Kimberly Bell, Bonds' girlfriend, who he was with while still married. Then, there's the "usual suspects".
This Date In History: 1894; The U.S. administration of President Grover Cleveland recognizes the Republic of Hawaii 1992; The U.S. men's Olympic Basketball team, made up of professional stars for the first time, defeat Croatia to win the gold medal after dominating the Olympic tournament.
Birthdays; Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of "The Yearling" (1896), Dustin Hoffman, actor (1937).
Well, it's Hump Day and that means I'm heading for Lakes Cafe and Pub and see what havoc the residents of AREA 51 are causing. Far be it from me to add fuel to the fire, but fuel always makes the night interesting. Let's see what the evening brings.
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
A minister was preaching to his congregation when he announced, "There's been a rumor that I am a member of the Ku Klux Klan and I want the party who started this rumor to stand up and ask God's forgiveness for lying."
A drop dead gorgeous young blonde stood up and said, "Reverend, there's been a misunderstanding. I never said that you were a member of the Ku Klux Klan, I just said that you were a 'wizard' under the sheets."
That's it for today, my little niblits. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !