What if Barry Bonds had never left the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Barry Bonds built a resume on the Walk of Fame before he came to the Giants. But how else would we remember him if he never left the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Barry Bonds should have presented his second act by now, right? His sports force contemporaries had settled into personalities. The newly minted David Ortiz in the Hall of Famer is an adult, obscene teddy bear; Alex Rodriguez, in recent years, described himself as an active businessman. In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s gruesome death in 2020, he’s broadening his horizons, embarking on a second act as a father and filmmaker, pushing forward His 2003 rape allegation continues to dig into our memory bank.

The public is likely to show tolerance, if not outright forgiveness, for an athlete’s reckless actions – if they have anything to do with character.

Bonds have failed to win a Major League match since 2007. You cannot sell tickets to a closed attraction.

A big part of modern celebrities is approachability, a concept Bonds never quite grasped. “I’ve never seen a teammate care about him,” said Bonds coach at Arizona State, Jim Brock. Sports Illustrated in 1990. “It was partly because he was rude, inconsiderate and self-centered. He brags about how much money he turned down, and he opens up about his dad [Barry Bonds]. I don’t think he ever figured out what to do to get people to like him.”

That is not improving in the experts. Pittsburgh Pirates‘first fighter Sid Bream said at one point, according to Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams’ Game of Shadowsthat “everyone in the Pittsburgh club wanted to beat Barry at some point or another.”

Derek Jeter, in his football days, was very mysterious. Even when he describes five favorite movies, he did it with the enthusiasm of a hangover Blockbuster Video employee working the morning shift. It’s okay. His guests in The others aside, the man was so bland that you could assign any designation. Elders can relish his role in continuing the Yankees tradition. Parents and young children have found a role model. Analysis enthusiasts have used him to point out errors about high shielding rate in the Golden Gloves bonus. However, the young man was thinking about his social life Mariah Carey fills in some blanks.

For me, a baseball fan, Bonds is a dynamic, scowling talent, as dim as 3 a.m. Domination is a marvel, but it needs an entry point: Michael Jordan is out of the game. his high school team; Skinny Tom Brady persisted in the 2000 NFL Draft; Aaron Rodgers cursed by Kenny Mayne. Without that wrinkle, greatness is robotic. Ask any NBA fan about the league’s review process: no one watches the original sports machines. The “Doubts” in sports compositions exists for a reason, although those who cite doubters often have unquestionable ability in their chosen sport. It’s relevant – who hasn’t been fired in their lifetime? – and could be the basis for 20 years more athlete-produced documentaries.

Would Barry Bonds become a Hall-of-Famer if he never left the Pittsburgh Pirates?

The question for this column is what Bonds’ career would be like if he stayed with the cash-rich Pittsburgh Pirates instead of signing with the San Francisco Giants. Before getting to the real issue at hand, they are:


The numbers are similar to his years in San Francisco – without the championship and flamboyant family player numbers. (Interestingly, the Bonds didn’t end up breaking Mark McGwire’s one-season homer streak in Pittsburgh.) The Pirates are still home to the World Series, their fans living off musical memories. disco about the 1979 Cobra team “We are Family” and Pops.

But the numbers, both in real life and those provided by Strat-O-Matic, the Market Leader in Sports Simulation, are irrelevant.

If you have a little appreciation for statistics, they bring a touch of nostalgia. The man, Sidney Moncrief was a beast before he was wounded. Well, George Brett’s teams are fun to watch. The number of Bonds is dwindling, and it has to do with the shadow of Greg Anderson, Victor Conte, and the stature of the Bonds Michelin Man after 1998. It doesn’t matter if he stays with the Pirates. The stats feel corrupted, rigged. (Maybe Giants fans disagree. Hey, you like!)

What needs to be reevaluated is his attitude. What if Barry Bonds was like Ernie Banks or Ken Griffey, Jr. Or another bubbly personality accompanied by an impressive acoustic guitar solo in the Ken Burns documentary? What if he went down the Derek Jeter route: answering questions from the media and then disappearing into an upright life with a polished male lifestyle?

Here’s the question that needs to be answered, one that can’t be solved by probability: If Barry Bonds were more popular than Giants fans, would the sports world care?

Jeff Pearlman’s Love Me, Hate Me: The Barry Bond and the Making of an Anti-Hero describes its subject as an egotistical genius who treated his teammates and the press with an equal degree of disdain. “The Real Truth,” Howard Bryant clarifies in the wonderful biography of Henry Aaron, The Last Hero, “Is that Bonds treated the Giants staff as badly as he did the writers.” He tried to find his greatness, managing to anger the holy Aaron. According to Bryant, the home running king really hated the fact that Bonds wanted to cash in on his legend in his emotional 2007 full-time home run mission. “He was trying to buy me,” Aaron told his confidants. “And I resent that.” Pearlman writes in his brilliant book that if Bonds said “Hey, I made a mistake,” the public might eagerly embrace him.

This is not about Bonds present a good guy, but if he can have describe one. The ability to remember a writer’s name defeats them — or in Ortiz’s case urges them to “go home and get some ass”—and giving an obscene anecdote does not make someone a humanitarian. Look at Pete Rose and OJ Simpson.

Before Bond emerged as a behemoth concocted with pharmaceuticals, he was bound by the Hall-of-Fame. Look at his stats before 1999, when he came in with 15 pounds of muscle for spring training and no one thought it was weird. That man is a talent: three MVPs, eight Golden Gloves, eight All-Star games. If Harold Baines can get in, the BALCO Pre-Bond is a lock. According to Pearlman, what keeps him out of the Hall of Fame is himself. If he were like Ortiz, the best-selling sports biographer told me, Bond would be in the Hall of Fame. (As reported by Ortiz test positive for an unidentified PED in 2003, something disappeared in Red Sox lore along with Fever pitch and Pumpsie Green.)

Admission to the Hall of Fame is dependent on votes. If you don’t think likability plays a role, look for clues. In the book by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, The Big Show: A Tribute to ESPN’s SportsCenter, Olbermann describes how Rick Ferrell, a snake catcher in the 1930s and 1940s, made the hall. Members of the Veterans Affairs Committee often cast a “courtesy vote” as an endorsement or to show support. In 1984, according to Olbermann, everybody vote politely for Rick Ferrell. Sorry.

The Veterans Affairs Committee is comprised of former players, sports writers, and executives — the kind of organization that Bonds should have friends with. Acceptance of the Bonds career and his influence on baseball history comes from these members. Public reviews of the Bonds will play no part, which is fitting for someone whose quest for glory is lifeless, lonely, and deeply sad.

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John Verrall

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