Okay, I am a Dodgers Fan, and an outspoken critic of Barry Lamar Bonds, but not for what you may think. I don't much care about the steroid thing any longer. Okay, that's not entirely true, entirely, because I think that our nation is full of sh*t about such things. We tell our kids that "doing drugs is bad, no matter what," then, when our heroes are caught doing them, we try and wiggle our (collective) way out of it with, "Well, everyone is doing it, so...." WRONG.
But, again, that's not why.
Because, the "news" media and sports writers have blinders on, and so do the fan base and the average citizen. Early on, when Bonds was fingered for this "crime against baseball," the vitriol was deafening. People were wanting his head on a black-and-orange platter. I wasn't one of them, however. Why? Because it was a Witch Hunt, and I could see it. And I'm one of those people who has to be intellectually honest in my assessments. Even if I don't like Bonds.
My evidence it was (and still is) a Witch Hunt is how ESPN ('Eastern Seaboard Propaganda Network' I labeled it) and "fans" became (publicly) hypocritical about this issue. ESPN and "analysts" and bitter, vindictive sports writers were pissed at Bonds, but it had nothing to do with the drugs. It was his "personality" they despised.
I understand this, because, although I can be correct, some (probably a lot) folks hate my style. I'm loud. I'm arrogant (at times)... but I feel this is the best course of action, considering I'm dealing with such arrogance, such loudness that I have to fight fire in with fire, only I'm better at it, so it hurts (them) more. And for that, I will always defend Barry Bonds on this issue... and yeah, I'm a Lifelong Dodgers Fan.
Integrity is supporting stuff you don't like from time to time.
My evidence points to how ESPN and most analysts spoke of Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees veteran left-handed pitcher.
"He's such a good family man" and "He's a good 'Christian' family man."
So what?! Who gives a sh*t?! What does any of that have to do with anything?
If anything, it only makes it worse, because the perception is that he is that guy. But in fact, since Barry Bonds is so awful, so mustn't he be, also? Oh, that's right, he "admitted it!"... wrong, again. He only "admitted it!" after it was made readily apparent to him (and his attorneys) that it was going to come out, so they got ahead of it. I'm not saying it wasn't an intelligent move, it was. I'm saying the aftermath of it, the talk surrounding it, was and still is bullshit.
Same with Jason Giambi. It was the same thing. "He 'admitted' it!" Nope, he skirted it. He slide-stepped it. He said he would "explain" it "later," because he was "still involved" in it, deeply. Well, Jason, I'm still waiting. But of course, the east-coast bias was loud and proud on this issue, as ESPN sits in the Yankees back-yard, located in Bristol, Connecticut. They have as much credibility on sports "news" issues as much as FOX "NEWS" does in the political-or-anything-reality-based realm.
The reason I don't like Barry Bonds is simple: when he did that pirouette out of the batter's box against my Dodgers, after hitting that home run, that pissed me off. It still does. Well, that, and he's a San Francisco Giants player... but I've come off that ledge since he played. I'm much better now.