It is, of course, a terrible hypocrisy, to chastise another human being simply due to the fact that s/he is in a more visible or finacially rewarding line of work. It is not even valid or justifiable that any of us deride his alleged actions whilst most of us drink coffee, alcohol, take headache medication, effervescent energy tablets, energy bars, cocaine, marijuana, Coca Cola, and so-on, in order to deal with the stresses of our day to day jobs, and in many instances, enhace our performance.
It should be remembered and considered, that there is, always has been, and always will be, a fine line between legal and illegal and our justifications for our own personal actions that pertain to these legal issues. Many defame Barry Bonds because his alleged steroid use was illegal. But every day we may violate the speed limit, we may drive home after a fun night with friends after 2 drinks, we may smoke a bit of marijuana, we may try to find ways to skate around federal taxes, we may roll through a stop sign as an 8-year-old child stands on the crosswalk curb to the right, and we may take a Valium before a stressful meeting in order to ease the nerves and close the sale. Or!... we may take it to enhance our performance!
Of course there will be some folks out there that profess they abstain from drugs like valium or caffeine, but they've certainly rolled through stop signs and the lot of other violations. For X sake! We're all humans here and evolution in and of itself should drive the justification for adapting to our current challenges. The message here is not necessarily to absolve the actions of Barry Bonds, but to dissolve the hypocritical accusations that we, the public, are better than the souls that entertain us by way of the television. Television sucks, people, I'll admit to that any day, but baseball is one of the last real things we'll find on television. Real players doing real things, real emotions, real time, etc. It's the other decay that's out there that we should be skeptical of.... the politics, the drama shows... the news... but not the game of baseball. This is a group of men that are simply pushing to outperform one another. They're not villains. If there's animosity toward cheating... why, then, let's turn our heads more vehemently to politics or media, by golly, and let's stop whipping those prodigies that entertain us.
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.