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Barry Bonds snags a ball, has a great time at Giants-Padres game

Aug 25, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

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Barry Bonds had front row seats — and somehow got himself a baseball — at last night’s Giants-Padres game.  Just watch the video of him here.

Clearly the man is miserable and loathed due to his notorious past. His smiles mask his pain and all of those people shaking his hand, smiling at him and having their picture taken with him are doing so out of mockery and disdain.

How did Bonds get that ball anyway? Probably the same way he got the tickets and got his name into the record books: ruthless, black-hearted cheating.

I feel sick, I tell you. Nothing but sick.

  1. bigxrob - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Craig, There is no evidence that steroids helps you catch a foul ball, you either can or you can’t. taking steroids doesn’t help with reaction time, hand eye coordination or any other skills people are born with.

    • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      I know you think you are being sarcastic, but what you wrote is 100% true.

      • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        For those of you unclear on what anabolic steroids do, they help you recover from workouts, allowing you to work longer, harder, and more often. They do not create muscle all by themselves or give you any skills….they just help you add more muscle mass faster than you other wise could. Muscle mass does NOT improve reaction time, muscle quickness, hand-eye coordination, eye sight, or fine muscle skills. They add bulk, nothing more. There is a reason that the biggest and strongest are not always the best at highly derived skill activities….those skills/talents have to already be in place or be developed independent of steroid usage.

      • bigxrob - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        Right, because the players who who put up the ridiculous offensive numbers during the steroid era were just born with more talent than any other generation of baseball players in the last 100 years or so.

      • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        No, they got to hit a lighter weight ball thanks to the change from wool to synthetics (which absorb much less moisture than natural fibers) and do so in smaller ball parks. They also choose to swing harder more often than player of previous generations because they care less about striking out than players used to….more hard swings at lighter weight balls in smaller ball parks = more home runs.

        Yes, being stronger also helps some (and today’s players are in much better shape than players of previous generations), but if steroids had the effect that people like you think they did…then anyone that roided up would have been mashing 50 hrs….and they didn’t. 1000s of players took steroids, only a few hit a lot of HRs.

      • kopy - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        This debate is old and tired. Yes, there are many more things required to hit a home run that steroids can’t help you with. But, everything else being equal, the added muscle mass from steroids will help you hit it further. Barry Bonds had great reaction time, muscle quickness, hand-eye coordination, etc. He would have been a great baseball player regardless of steroids. But a Barry Bonds on steroids hits more home runs than a Barry Bonds who never took steroids.

      • bigxrob - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        So, did they switch back to wool? Did the ballparks get bigger?
        AMybe only a few players hit a lot of home runs, but most players hit more HR’s. Good grief, look at the differences in the runs scored.

      • nolanwiffle - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        I think players of earlier eras fatigued more during the dog days of August and September. Reggie Jackson cited this as a reason he didn’t hit 60 homers in 1969 (or was it ’71?) after hitting 30 before the All Star break.

        Steroid use helped alleviate that fatigue factor.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Paperlions you’re arguing in circles. “They add bulk, nothing more” (bullsh!t) “They hit a lighter ball” ” Yes being strong helps some”.

        Which one is it? One day they never did anything but make people look bigger, the next, they may have helped. Are you arguing this just to argue? It seems that way. People know it doesn’t help hand eye coordination, nobody said different. Where is the argument? Steroids make people stronger (fact) which in turn makes the ball fly just a bit further (fact) we have seen the evidence. Kopy hit the nail on the head.

      • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Ahh, yes, but do ‘roids help you buy the tickets to the good seats so s you can snag a foul ball? In Barry’s case, I do believe we can make a case for “YES”.

    • nudeman - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      He’s a jerk, plain and simple
      Self centered, narcissistic fat ass steroid user who was loathed by nearly 100% of his teammates

    • gmo709wp1 - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      This is ridiculous here. Of course steroids help with reaction rate. Here is how… With the added muscle mass, the batter increases his bat speed, thus , he can wait longer and react later. So it gives the hitter more time to put a better swing on the ball. The steroids give a definite advantage to the hitter. The added strength gives you a big advantage in that you have more time. They also help the batter hit the ball farther with the same type of contact because the bat speed is much better. So you get more home runs, more balls through the hole, faster recovery times,etc. There are so many advantages. Also, for foul balls, the steroids help build your leg muscles up so u can get to the ball faster and you have less weakness. Come on people, it is a big advantage. It wont make someone into a baseball player, but it will take a current player from good to great or up a level.

  2. Alex K - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    I LOL’d at this one.

  3. lloydcarr1997 - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    I wish steroids were still in baseball. I’m tired of these 3-1 baseball games. I want to see shortstops hitting 45 homers again.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Nah man let the pitcher era reign!!!! Soccer scores all the way! WOOOOO! Seriously, I love pitcher duels more than anything… except sex or sex while watching a pitchers duel.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Barry is happy because he got one over on the US court system. Hey, if you avoided jail time, wouldn’t you smile?

    Just watched the video. Apparently, he got the baseball from the broadcasters in the booth. They wrote their well wishes to him on the ball. Probably someone ran the ball down to him from the booth.

    • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Maybe he’s happy because he has a great life. Just saying….just because you are a giant asshole doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy your life or have a great one.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        Excuse me? You call me a giant a-hole? What’s your problem?

      • JBerardi - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Comprehension fail. He’s calling Bonds an asshole.

      • amaninwhite - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        Actually, I believe the term ‘asshole’ was used in reference to Mr. Bonds. It’s ok, no one is out to get anyone in here.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM

        After reading a second, third and fouth time, I see that the comment was directed at Bonds. Didn’t appear that way the first time I read it. One of those things. If that’s the case, my apologies.

      • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        Haha….I thought Bicepts comment was being clever, pretending to think I called him (and not Bonds) and asshole. To clarify, yes, I was calling Bonds and asshole, not you Bicepts.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        Sorry about that paperlions. You have to admit, if you read what you wrote a certain way, it sorta could have looked like that. :)

  5. kopy - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Does any baseball that Bonds touches instantly have an asterisk branded into it?

  6. Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    I heard that in that picture he’s actually standing on a little kid that he knocked over to get to that ball. Afterwards he was quoting as saying to the little kid (who was bleeding and crying) “That’s how it’s done in the big leagues kid.” Then he flexed his muscles (including his skull muscles) and gave the ball to some 17 year old girl with his phone number on it.. Yup, that’s what I heard… Bad Man that Bonds is..

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      The girl was found unresponsive this morning outside a diner in a small suburb outside of San Fran.

  7. nolanwiffle - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Who needs membership in the Hall of Fame? Barry appears to be the last known member of the Members Only jacket club.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:03 AM

      Not true, My uncle apparently knows Bonds, and never told me…… That jerk.

  8. FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    I wonder what’s Bond’s W-L record when he attends Giants games. Who knows? This could be the way the man can help out the team!

  9. joecool16280 - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    As much as I appreciate sarcasm I can’t stand your writing.

    • paperlions - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      door is over there ——>

  10. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Bonds was, is, and always will be a scumbag.



    • amaninwhite - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Love the irony in this post. Thank you.

    • SOBEIT - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      Well Philly fans know about scumbaggery…they have to sit next to thousands every game.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        Philly fans in the stands aren’t pro ball players who have little kids that look up to them.

  11. StottsEra - Aug 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    did he ever retire?
    giants need a bat

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      He was clearly finished by 2007. I mean, his OPS had dropped .400 from just a few years earlier, and his OPS+ was down 100 points! What use would any team have had for a guy who can only put up a paltry 1.045 OPS?

  12. son2play4giants - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    to the writer. the ball was actually signed by the giants’ announcers kruk and kuip and then delivered to bonds. get your sh*tty “story” together before you write it.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      New to the site? As Jonny says “the door is over here —->”

      • son2play4giants - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        what does it matter if i’m new or not? what are you, king of the dip-sh*ts? big man talk from behind a computer. boring, not interested- done w/you now.

      • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Heeeexcuuuuuse me? Are you son2play4giants, calling out APBA with “big man talk from behind a computer”? After you wrote: “what are you, king of the dip-sh*ts?” ROFLMAO.

        Yes the evident irony is killing me. KILLING me. Look sonny-jim ’round these parts we READ the damn story first, then get all up in the writer’s grill when he boots it. Craig (the chap who wrote the HBT piece: I’m telling you since you clearly can’t read for “sh*t”) never said Bonds “caught a foul ball”. He did what he usually does: alluded to something with some wit and a sense of context and history. Bonds coming by the ball by nefarious means is what I mean. Hence APBA’s legitimate query about you being new here since you clearly missed that nuance. You must be new to typing as well. Most of us can find the ‘shift’ key on our keyboards.

        Now, internet tough guy, go ahead and threaten me. I’m e-frightened.

  13. jimisage - Aug 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Who was it that decreed that steroids are so heinous? Who gets to draw the line and where? What about guys that take prescription thyroid? High doses of vitamin C? Who commit to exercising more often or more effectively than others? It’s a slippery slope and everyone seems to have jumped on. I don’t believe in steroid use myself just because of the risks/side effects… but if someone else wants to commit to that level, who am I (or you) to say that it is wrong?

  14. son2play4giants - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    @cur68. relax, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack. by the way, i’m not a “tough guy” and thanks for the sexist comment directed at me as “sonny-jim.” might as well call you hillbilly, wannabe, know it all. i’m a mother of 3 and educated (from a university). the absence of using a “shift” key is due in part to the short cut habits of “texting.” – my apologies, professor, for the improper sentence structure/grammar. too bad you have little in life- it’s obvious since you’re so concerned about my comments (which weren’t directed to you in the first place). enjoy your meaningless life.

    • cur68 - Aug 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      ‘Scuse me ma’am. Didn’t realize you were a “missy-jill” you so ballsy to chew out the writer while being clearly wrong. So, *ahem*: READ THE DAMN ARTICLE FIRST BEFORE CRITICIZING LADY! Hope I made that clear enough for you.

      As to “meaningless life”: I see your “educated (from a university)” and raise you a graduate degree X1 and a 2nd on the way. In healthcare. Specializing in the care of premature infants. Still meaningless?

      And FYI I could give a crap if you can use proper grammar etc but don’t go criticizing (especially compounded by doing it to people I like) or talking smack while being wrong and calling out others for doing exactly what you are doing whilst not even bothering to do some basic things like reading or capitalizing at the start of a sentence. Smacks of hypocrisy.

      • son2play4giants - Aug 25, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        So I will apologize to those I’ve offended- never intended for the juvenile exchanges to take over. My fault. My “newbie” response to the writer was just to explain how Bonds “got himself a baseball” and I obviously went about it the wrong way. Good for you cur68 and kudos to the profession you’ve taken on. I can’t imagine nor would I have the guts to work in that environment. I lost a child (premature) so I thank you and the others who are taking care of these children. Certainly not a “meaningless” life. As it’s said, I will open mouth and insert foot.

      • handsfour - Aug 26, 2011 at 3:23 AM

        Appreciate that reply.

    • handsfour - Aug 25, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      S2P4G (now there’s some hubris): pot, meet kettle… You come blazing in here with hostility and juvenile insults (jeez, why?) over a silly little article about Bonds, yet it’s someone else who needs to “relax” and has a “meaningless life”?

  15. garlicfriesandbaseball - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Great article! Of course I took it in the context in which it was written ~ with humor. Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow signed the ball with a message that wasn’t completely divulged to the audience and had it delivered to Bonds. It’s good to see Barry Bonds looking genuinely happy and healthy.

    • joelgold - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      My understanding is it was from Kruk and Kuip and said “BB, we miss your sorry ass!”. All in good fun.

  16. ta192 - Aug 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Geez, Craig pens one of his best ever posts and the haters do their imitation of “roid rage”…
    Can’t win, CC, can’t win…

  17. toosano - Aug 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Steroids make you bigger and stronger, thus giving you a longer career, which in of its self is unfair. The HR records and such get broken because players last longer on that shit.

  18. deiong - Aug 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    granted he cheated, but then if you look at him through those eyes, you have to look at all the other players, its so bad, id bet less then half of the players dotn cheat. having said that , the writer shows how much hate is in his own heart, i feel sorry and pity for him. forgive the guy who clearly did nothing personal to you, and move on with life.

    • handsfour - Aug 26, 2011 at 3:25 AM

      um, again – you new here? Craig was joking. He does that pretty regularly.

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