Will we not have Barry Bonds to kick around anymore?
Coming off knee surgery and caught up in baseball's steroids scandal, Barry Bonds said he might not play at all this season — despite standing on the doorstep of the sport's most hallowed record.
The San Francisco Giants slugger also said he was physically and mentally "done," and he blamed the media for at least part of his troubles.
"I'm tired of my kids crying. You wanted me to jump off a bridge — I finally did," Bonds told reporters Tuesday, shortly after returning to training camp. "You finally brought me and my family down. ... So now go pick a different person."
Bonds said he was tired and disappointed following a winter in which he was accused of steroid use, his grand jury testimony was leaked and he had two knee operations.
Leaning his head on a crutch and repeatedly saying he was tired — he used the word 14 times — Bonds spoke after a 1 1/2 -hour session with Giants trainer Stan Conte.
"Right now I'm just going to try to rehab myself to get back to, I don't know, hopefully next season, hopefully the middle of the season," Bonds said. "I don't know. Right now I'm just going to take things slow.
"I'm 40 years old, not 20, 30."
As far as reasons go, Tom speculates that Bonds believes bad things are coming in the grand jury probe of BALCO. That may be, and if so it will be a shame, but a shame that hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves is that any of us knows anything at all about the testimony given so far in that probe. It's supposed to be secret, remember, and frankly I think those of us with any outrage to spare ought to aim a bit of it in the direction of whoever has been leaking details from the grand jury room. Whatever else you may think of Barry Bonds (and Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and so forth), they didn't deserve to have their Constitutional rights violated like that.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 23, 2005 to Baseball | TrackBack