I think I’ll buy him a book to celebrate … hey lookie here, this one looks good: Game of Shadows – Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.
Cool. Cross that off the list of Things To Do Today To Pay Proper Respect To The New Home Run King, and Exalted Leader, Whom We All Love Very Much and Never Doubted For A Minute Re: Steroids, At Least, As Far As He Knows.
Wait a minute … look at this, from one of the reviews posted at the website:
”Over the first 13 seasons of his career, from 1986-1998, Bonds hit .290 and averaged 32 home runs and 93 RBI. He hit one home run every 16 at-bats. But in the six seasons after he began using performance-enhancing drugs — that is, from 1999 to 2004, between the ages of 34 and 40 — Bonds’s batting line averaged .328, 49 and 105. That represented 17 additional home runs and 12 additional RBI per year. He would hit a home run every 8.4 at-bats.”
1 HR every 8.4 ABs? At age 34-40? That is crazy good, better than the all-time career record by more than two full AB, but especially at age 34, and especially after averaging one every 16 ABs during your “prime”.
Maybe, when your head gets super big, you become a better power hitter? Dunno.
Anyhoo. Congratulations Barry, on the new home run record and, you know, whatever else. Enjoy your retirement, and your new-found status as the Anti-Hero of Modern Day Sports.
Oh, and I hope your nuts fall off.