Barry Bonds Still Cranking Homers At 52
Alright, laying my steroid cards on the table here, I've never supported or have been an advocate for Barry Bonds as a baseball Hall of Famer or any juicer for that matter, but at this point in my sports fandom life, I can understand an extremely strong case for them getting some type of acknowledgement, Bonds in particular. No doubt about it that steroids were a sign of the 90s times, as regrettable as Jnco Jeans and Limp Bizkit and Bonds was riding that HGH train as lavish as Ric Flair was in the 1980s spilling liquor on his alligators. He was an amazing ballplayer before his head grew to the size of the mighty Jupiter and clearly enhanced that ability after. GOAT? I would have said yes to that if he didn't have a constant needle in his ass and looking at his stats, they're extremely undeniable (I once made a case for Cal Ripken Jr. to much mockery from my friends), but I cannot for the life of me let PEDs pass my Cooperstown litmus test unfettered. A steroid wing? Maybe. Plaques with a huge asterisk by the inductee's face? I'd push my chips in on that Scarlet Letter, probably. As long as the HOF acknowledges and embraces that the steroid era occurred in some form or fashion, then feel free to induct the Bonds, the Clemens, the A-Rods and the McGwires, but that shit happened and those guys deserved to be marked for it. I would have said hell no to any of this five years ago, but time heals all wounds, I suppose.
But all that aside, this clip is cool and not at all surprising. If you would have asked me if a 52-year-old Bonds could still rock one out into McCovey I would've have skeptically said for sure. That dude is psycho and egotistical enough to push his body to it's athletic limits (I just picture De Niro in Cape Fear), there's no doubt he could still knock a couple of dingers at will. He probably saw that Favre clip from last week and was like, "they think he's still got pepper? I'll show you fucks pepper too. Put me in the lineup, Bochy."
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