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    While I may have my issues with Bonds, he has NOT tested positive for steroids, ala Palmeiro. If and when he does, then yes, he deserves to be ripped. But, in this land where one is presemed innocent until proven guilty, this writer is full of crap.






    A Giant oversight
    By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
    September 15, 2005

    Dan Wetzel
    Yahoo! Sports Exclusive
    For three days they have clapped and called and cared for BALCO Barry Bonds, the wine and sushi crowds of the San Francisco Giants' SBC Park pretty much eliminating the hope that this could be a new era of baseball fan, where lying, cheating and "flaxseeds" could be significant enough that you'd boo even your own guy.

    It seemed possible, at least after Baltimore Orioles fans honored themselves by giving their dishonored one-time hero, Rafael Palmeiro, so much hell for taking steroids and lying about it that – between the ear plugs and the disabled list – his career isn't just a joke, it's about over.

    Now that was impressive. They showed they were baseball fans, not just Orioles fans.

    Baltimore's treatment of Palmeiro didn't impact Giants fans one bit. They spent the week providing standing ovations for BALCO Barry in his first plate appearances since his leaked grand jury testimony ended the worst kept suspicion in sports: that his epic power boom came only after he had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

    Instead of calling him a fraud, they chanted his name like he was Ted Williams returning from the war.

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    Perhaps San Francisco is full of the most naive bumpkins in America, people who actually believe BALCO Barry's parsed-word explanation that while, yes, he did take steroids such as the cream and the clear, he did it unknowingly.

    We certainly forgive those people. Politically correct that we are, we have nothing against imbeciles.

    But anyone else should be ashamed for lovingly hailing the return of their pathetic slugger in hopes of getting back into the pathetic NL West race.

    Not that they are alone. BALCO Barry isn't the first or even remotely close to the worst athlete to be greeted with cheers. In sports, there are generally two categories of dead-beat athletes, them and us.

    We aren't even talking about the love-to-hate athletes – a Dennis Rodman, a Randy Moss or a Danny Ainge. Sports fans have cheered wife beaters, drug dealers, racists and murder defendants as long as they play on the home team.

    Balco Barry is just a cheat. He isn't a hardened criminal.

    And Giants fans aren't alone in their poor response to the steroid era. On opening day, New York Yankees fans, who proudly consider themselves both the most demanding and sophisticated in baseball, gave Jason Giambi a louder and longer ovation than Derek Jeter. It was only when Giambi started batting Nicole Richie's weight that the catcalls came.

    And now it is back to cheers in the Bronx, even though no thinking person can look at Giambi's season and not wonder if around May, while faced with a life in the minors, Giambi figured, "What the heck? I might as well go down syringing," and suddenly became Mickey Mantle again.

    With Mark McGwire set to make a rare public appearance during the Busch Stadium finale in October, St. Louis Cardinals fans will have the chance to show whether all of that "St. Louis is America's best baseball town" is real or just a marketing concept.

    Some of this goodwill, of course, is fine. We all make mistakes. We are a forgiving nation. We appreciate the second chance. It is only baseball.

    But it is also only boos.

    Besides, BALCO Barry has never apologized for anything. He never said he was sorry that Giants fans were duped into believing in that silly home run chase. He never apologized for all the lies.

    This is a guy, after all, who sat next to his own godfather, Willie Mays, on the day he tied the Giants' all-time classiest and greatest player on the home run list, and acted like they were equals. He knowingly smiled and let Willie make a fool of himself by defending BALCO Barry from the critics.

    It takes a special kind of person to do that to his godfather.

    So there was hope that Giants fans would be disgusted the way fans in every other ball park in America surely will. They'd give BALCO Barry at least one at-bat of fury, one moment of reality check, one on-deck circle of anger.

    Something. Anything.

    They didn't. They cheered and stomped and false idol-worshipped. They waved rubber chickens and only booed when San Diego Padres pitchers looked at this chemical robot built to hit balls into San Francisco Bay and smartly pitched around him.

    They gave BALCO Barry all the support he never earned and would never reciprocate.

    Too bad. In Baltimore, the fans were so smart and so strong. They saw a fraud and they called him out, home whites be damned.

    At least one town gets it.
    Make America Great For Once.

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    QUOTE(The Kev @ Sep 15 2005, 06:39 PM) Quoted post

    While I may have my issues with Bonds, he has NOT tested positive for steroids, ala Palmeiro...
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    Tested, no. But he did admit to using them.

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    Perhaps San Francisco is full of the most naive bumpkins in America, people who actually believe BALCO Barry's parsed-word explanation that while, yes, he did take steroids such as the cream and the clear, he did it unknowingly.[/b][/quote]

    Kev, do you think he thought they were flaxseed oil?

    Were you a better athlete at 43 than you were at 30?
    But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
    ...

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