Barry Bonds might want to play this season with that wig he had on last week, channeling Paula Abdul. Going incognito might not be such a bad idea as his public image is about to take an even more drastic hit.
This week’s Sports Illustrated features an excerpt of the upcoming book “Game of Shadows” by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, detailing the alleged prevalent and repeated steroid use by the San Francisco Giants slugger since 1998. The issue hits newsstands tomorrow.
The authors, according to CNNSI.com (which includes a widespread source of multimedia, including Tom Verducci’s interview with the authors) “describe in sometimes day-to-day, drug-by-drug detail how often and how deeply Bonds engaged in the persistent doping. For instance, the authors write that by 2001, when Bonds broke Mark McGwire's single-season home-run record (70) by belting 73, Bonds was using two designer steroids referred to as the Cream and the Clear, as well as insulin, human growth hormone, testosterone decanoate (a fast-acting steroid known as Mexican beans) and trenbolone, a steroid created to improve the muscle quality of cattle.”
It was in fact, according to the book, out in stores later this month, McGwire’s record-setting season in 1998 that fueled Bonds out of jealousy. The story breaks just one day after it was reported that Major League Baseball was to sell approved supplements to players in an effort to reduce positive drug tests.
Fainaru-Wada and Williams appear to be coming out with some damning evidence of baseball’s steroid problem. Last March, many baseball fans turned their heads and dismissed Jose Canseco’s tell-all rants about steroid use in the game as a player getting even after having his back turned on him by the game.
With so much evidence and documentation in this latest work, that won’t be as easy.