The New York Times’ Murray Chass wonders how life might have been different for Barry Bonds had the Red Sox accepted a proposed seven-year, $50 million deal for the slugger’s services back in 1992.
“Imagine what a Red Sox acceptance of that proposal would have meant for baseball history,” he writes. “Despite the fact that he is a left-handed hitter, Bonds might have been able to hit 715 home runs with the aid of nothing more than Fenway Park's Green Monster. No chemicals needed, just a slight adjustment to his potent, and talent-filled, swing.”
Please. Bonds’ decision to turn to steroids was based on nothing more than pure jealously for the way the country -- misled, I might add -- followed every move of the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa summer of 1998. If Bonds weren’t at the epicenter of today’s steroid scandal, someone else surely would be.
Besides, we all know what a racist city we have here in good ol' Boston. Bonds told the Globe's Gordon Edes as much two seasons ago.
"Boston is too racist for me," he said. "I couldn't play there."
Of course, ask Lou Gorman, and had the Sox accepted the seven-year deal, we'd have to wonder how "racist" a city Bonds would think it is.
Oh, and by the way, Sen. George Mitchell’s steroid probe has reached San Francisco finally, almost three months after MLB’s public relations campaign ... oops, sorry ... I mean serious investigation into the sport’s steroid problem was launched.