"I never knowingly took steroids." That was Barry Bonds' sworn testimony that got him indicted yesterday. If you believe him I have some oceanfront property to sell you on the North Slope. Let's review a few things about Surly Barry. When playing with the Pirates he was a slender, trim, athletic athlete. Somehow he morphed into another body: thick, muscular, even his head expanded (more than just ego sizes). Most of us witness our bodies expand as we get older but it's fat rather than muscle.
Barry Bonds wants us to believe he did it because people around him gave him steroids he thought were flaxseed oil. Sure, I wonder if he also believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and that Saddam attacked us on 9/11? If this man is this gullible how is it con men haven't robbed him blind? Maybe they have and his lack of vision is why he couldn't tell the Clear from being in the clear. All those monster home runs belie a problem with his eyes.
I don't feel sorry for Barry Bonds. He's being charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Most criminals are content to only be charged with these crimes because the offenses are less egregious than their actual misdeeds. Why else lie and risk prosecution on these charges except that you don't want to meet the accusations of what you really did?
A lot of Bonds apologists have claimed that he didn't do anything wrong because baseball didn't have rules prohibiting the use of steroids. They shouldn't have had to because they were already illegal. Should baseball also make rules against murder, armed robbery and domestic assault? Imagine how long that rule book would be!
Anyone with a set of eyes and common sense knows what Bonds did. I wish he'd stop insulting our intelligence by denying what he did. I'd like to see an apt punishment for Barry Bonds? Put him in stocks in the center of San Francisco and let the public ridicule him for his misconduct. We can make the Bay Area the center for stocks and Bonds.