A baseball player who is eternally hated on, even though he is not the reason for all the problems of the game of baseball. Let's face it. Baseball turned the other way on steroid use until the media got a hold of the story and created this huge witch hunt.
FACTS ABOUT STEROIDS -
STEROIDS CANNOT KILL YOU UNLESS YOU ABUSE THEM IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANOTHER DRUG.
STEROIDS WERE NOT ILLEGAL IN BASEBALL UNTIL 2003.
BARRY BONDS HAS PASSED EVERY DRUG TEST HE HAS EVER BEEN ADMINISTERED. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
Amphetamines, which are much more widespread than steroids in major league baseball, are more commonly known as "greenies". These "greenies" are not as nearly crucified as steroids are.
FACT ABOUT GREENIES - THEY ARE METH. METH MAKES YOU MUCH, MUCH STRONGER THAN STEROIDS EVER CAN. METH CAN KILL YOU.
Hate Barry Bonds all you want, but he is not the cause of cheating - he is the symptom of cheating in the game.
And for all you guys talking about how "sacred" the HR records are? Guess what:
FACT ABOUT BASEBALL - EIGHT OF THE TOP TEN CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS, INCLUDING "HEROES" LIKE BABE RUTH AND HANK AARON EITHER CHEATED OR BROKE THE LAW DURING THEIR PLAYING CAREER.
Seriously. Hank Aaron used greenies (remember, meth is MUCH worse than steroids for you), Bonds allegedly used steroids, Ruth corked his bat, Mays used liquified meth ("red juice"), Sosa corked his bat (and may have used steroids), Frank Robinson carried a concealed weapon, McGwire used andro, and Palmeiro was busted for steroid use.
If you're going to hold Barry Bonds to this unattainable standard, at least hold them all to it as well.
Personally, I don't care about cheating in baseball. It's been a part of the game for ages. I mean, Gaylord Perry wrote a book about how he cheated by using the spitball. Everyone knew it then; but the moral police didn't go after him, as they crucify Barry Bonds today.
Don't hate the player, hate the game. The game created this mentality; it has always been there, and it will always will be.
Barry Bonds is a great baseball player, easily one of the greatest of all time. Steroids or no steroids.