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Greg Anderson and the College World Series star

Jun 22, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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A good read over at The Post Game today. Steve Henson, who has been following the BALCO/steroids beat for years, reports on the relationship between University of California second baseman Tony Renda and Greg Anderson.  Yes, that Greg Anderson. Along the way Henson paints a picture of what the never ending BALCO prosecution has done to Anderson’s life, career and his relationship with his son.

Greg Anderson did some stuff he shouldn’t have done. And he has served more time for it than anyone who has done the same thing ever would have.  One would think that, at some point, he could just be left alone to get his life back on track.

  1. dohpey28 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    All he had to do was testify and tell the truth about Bonds, if he had it would all have been over. Sorry, don’t feel bad for the man at all.

    • Ralph - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      Not disagreeing with you, but there’s also another side to this….loyalty. There’s something to be said for being willing to fall on the sword and remain loyal to your friends, no matter what the consequences are. I’m not saying that I agree with the choices that Greg Anderson has made in his life, but I respect him as a man for remaining loyal and keeping his mouth shut.

      • bigxrob - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        So what would you do if you saw your friend murder someone Ralph?

      • Ralph - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

        bigxrob, way to go straight for the straw man. Neither Greg Anderson nor Barry Bonds murdered anyone, nor did they do anything remotely close to that. I understand that some people get VERY worked up about steroids, but the issue at hand comes just a bit shy of murder.

      • bigxrob - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

        This is what you said:

        There’s something to be said for being willing to fall on the sword and remain loyal to your friends, no matter what the consequences are.

        There is no stipulation here as to what exactly you are being loyal for.

      • bigxrob - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        You are making a blanket staement about loyalty.

        (And yes, I went for the easy example, it’s late in the work day.)

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        …but loyalty is a double edged sword, isn’t it? Where is Bond’s loyalty to Anderson? He could have just told the truth to begin with instead of requiring his friend to go to jail to cover up his lies, but he didn’t, did he? Indeed, Bonds could have told the truth at any point during the past several years to end any ordeal related to the trial that affected Anderson, but he didn’t. That loyalty may manifest as a sizable financial gain for Anderson, but Bond’s loyalty doesn’t appear to have done much for Anderson to this point…has it?

      • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

        My guess is that Bonds was covering something for Anderson. And got caught up in it. Anderson is returning the favor.

  2. agelardi - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Bonds better suppport this man AND his entire family for the rest of their lives.

  3. SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Baseball (and the WWE for that matter) was much more fun when everyone was ‘roided up.

  4. cur68 - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Man, this just won’t go away will it? I do not see what chasing down Greg Anderson & Barry Bonds has to do with any kind of justice any more. It’s just a witch-hunt now.

    And for what? To get Anderson & Bonds? WTF did they do that was so egregious? So a bunch of desperate athletes got bigger and stronger and maybe hit some baseballs or ran faster. Meh. Get back to me when someone dies from the stuff Anderson did, kay? Hell, I’ve screwed up and people have died because of it. Most people in healthcare can tell stories like that. Anderson screwed up and NO ONE’S DEAD. No one’s poorer, on the street, living a desperate life or hooked on dangerous chemicals. The whole thing, including banning Anderson from coaching, is little more than moralistic posturing so some people with shameful little secrets can go around saying “I’m better than THAT guy”, like that absolves them of anything.

  5. metalhead65 - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    as dohpey28 said all he had to do was tell the truth when asked and none of his “suffering” would have happened to him. it is not like he volunteered to testify against bonds, he was under subpena so if he did not want the consequences of refusing to tell what he knew he should have co-operated. loyalty is one thing but taking the fall and expecting people to feel sorry for you because of it? I will leave that to tree huggers like kurt cause I do not have any for him. what he did was not a mistake as he knew what he was doing and of the consequences and chose to do it anyway. he may have served time but he does not regret what he did so why should I or anybody else feel sorry for him?

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