posted on Mar, 21 2006 @ 05:48 PM
Congratulations, IA Clonz, and real good to "see" you again.
One day soon, I have a promise to keep.
I said I was going to write a piece as Barry Bonds' advocate... NOT a willfully blind bunch of illogical b.s., but a case which takes the obvious
realities of the situation and portrays them in the most favorable light possible to Bonds. And, as much as this may surprise you, my pal IA C, I
don't think it will be that difficult.
Considering some of the people/monsters I've defended, and that all Bonds has really done is cheat BETTER than everyone else in this cheater-filled
time, because he was a far better natural player than everyone else, I actually will have a pretty strong case to make. (Anyone remember Robert
Shaw's great line about Paul Newman, spoken to one of Shaw's henchmen in "The Sting": "What was I supposed to do? Accuse him of cheating better than
Now that I've read about what kind of foul person Tris Speaker was throughout his career--he consciously set out to be Ty Cobb #2, and was just as
bigoted...even more so against Catholics...just not as violent. I'm reminded once again that even though I utterly detest Bonds, there have been
plenty of great players who were worse people. I'd include Ted Williams in that list.
So--as much as it will make me sick--I'm soon going to write an ostensibly impassioned defense of Barry Bonds the ballplayer and his phenomenal feats,
his four seasons which nobody not named "Babe Ruth" can approximate. (And even Ruth can't touch the season Bonds had when he walked over 200 times
and had an on-base percentage over .630, I believe, but that's just stupidity of managers at work, there... giving away a HUGE number of bases in
return for ZERO outs. They did the same with Ruth, but not like THAT.)
But IA C, my pal, please remember I'm doing it in the spirit of fair advocacy and trying to help not only others, but also MYSELF, to see both sides
of a very important baseball case honestly. I'm not doing it because I've decided Bonds is any less of a puke.
I also could write a very long, detailed argument that the greatest player of all time--to this date--was and is TY COBB. And quite a number of
hardcore baseball history fans would agree with me. When I first started studying baseball history at age 8 in 1961 (roughly), opinions were about
evenly divided between Cobb and Ruth as the game's greatest. Those arguments can still be made for Cobb, though improved understandings of stats made
them more difficult.