If I had a moment with Barry Bonds, here’s what I’d tell him.
It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. I’d say Barry….
people don’t know how hard it is to hit a baseball --- and no one can possibly understand the pressure that comes with being in the public eye.
But everyone knows how to evaluate common courtesy.
And, you’re a rude person, Barry. You treat people poorly and in so doing… you’re blowing this.
The media chase for the steroids link is ruining your home run chase because --- you let it. If you used a substance that enhanced your strength, you should say so.
For a long time, it wasn’t against the rules of baseball to use drugs to make you stronger.So... If you did… say you did. You owe it to baseball to be honest in expressing the circumstances for why you did it.
Baseball fans will be forgiving of a man who is forthright, but have every right to find fault with a fake. Reality is that you just don’t represent the game with dignity. You should spend time with new Hall of Fame inductees Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, because you haven’t found the demeanor that matches accomplishment with acknowledgement.
So… hit a couple more home runs and then some.
as you jog down that first base line and into history….
remember… most people want you to be a hero… they just want you to add a little grace and goodness with the greatness of your home run swing. That’s what I’d tell Barry.
and... that’s “On the Mark”.
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