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This is a pretty major week in PEDs history — but not just for the Biogenesis stuff

Aug 5, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

Barry Bonds

Today Alex Rodriguez and others are going to get nailed for their involvement in the Biogenesis stuff, but that’s only one of three major PED-related moments in baseball history to celebrate this week:

On August 7, 2002, Major leaguers agreed to be checked randomly for illegal steroids for the first time. The testing would begin the following year and there would be no discipline associated with it unless and until the trial tests showed that a certain percentage of players were using (note: they did). There wasn’t a ton of news about this at the time as the agreement came at the same time the union and the league averted a work stoppage borne mostly of disagreements over financial issues, contraction and the like. But given that Ken Caminiti and Jose Canseco had begun giving interviews about rampant PED-use in baseball earlier in the season, it was a PR point the league and the players agreed needed to be made.
Also on August 7 — this time in 2007 — Barry Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connected on a 3-2 pitch for homer number 756 off Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. We all like to think of that as some dark, dark event in baseball history, as the already-compromised Barry Bonds was seen as sullying the home run record which rightfully belonged to Aaron. But when we look at it that we forget that Bonds received a 10-minute ovation from his hometown fans and, more significantly, a video message was played on the scoreboard in which Hammerin’ Hank Aaron himself congratulated Bonds for breaking the record.
It’s kinda nice that the first week in August has a lot PED history associated with it. We can make a big celebration and holiday out of it.
  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    The first Monday in August is already a holiday in most of Canada. The USA could also use one at this time of year.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Happy PED-mas!

    • El Bravo - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Seriously. I need a day off to take my HGH.

    • tc4306 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      In most of Canada it is known as Civic Holiday Weekend.
      In this country, any excuse to have a summer holiday will do.
      We’ll take it.

      Another of my theories is that these two adjacent and friendly countries with birthdays July 1 and July 4 should, by now, have been able to figure out how to turn that into a 4 day holiday in both countries.
      Where are our politicians on this anyway, where ARE you guys?

      • weaselpuppy - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Generic country has generic holiday names.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Yeah. I’m gonna go take me some vitamins.

  3. larrytsg - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Um, that Hank Aaron video… he grudgingly made the video, and he wasn’t all super congratulatory in it. Bud kind of forced him to be gracious, but it was obvious if you watched it that he didn’t really mean what he was saying about Bonds.

    • bigharold - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      And, that 10 minute standing ovation was in San Francisco. Even after everything Bonds is isn’t vilified by Giant fans the way he is by other. Interestingly, A-Rod generally doesn’t get the same support from Yankee fans.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        I think that is about performance. If A-Rod had been putting up 10 WAR seasons I’m sure Yankee fans would still love him.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      @larrytsg – nice that you are re-writing history, but Aaron has never said anything of the sort, and Bud had no reason to push anyone into supporting Bonds. In fact, the word at the time was that Aaron was doing it as a favor to Willie Mays, and to avoid constantly being questioned about it for the rest of his life.

      It’s funny how so many people act like Bonds was a disgrace – how many of us were glued to the TV set when he was at bat during the last few years of his homerun countdown? Who didn’t stop to stare at Bonds’ at-bats at the bar or restaurant TV in 2001 when he was hitting 73 HR’s and had an all-time record .863 slugging percentage? (you read that right – slugging percentage – not OPS). Who didn’t feel disappointed when he took one of his 177 walks that year?

      • coloradogolfcoupons - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        I made it a point to NOT ever watch Bonds. It had been apparent for years he was juiced up, and I had enough of the roid-record-breaking. He was a vile disgusting ahole to everyone, and impossible for me to stomach, the same way Arod turned unlikeable. These freaks should be banned for life and forced to play in the NFL, where roid suspensions don’t cause a single person to blink. Let them play with their real peers, and get their ass handed to them by 275 pound monsters that will take their head off for NO reason, much less the snarky attitude Bonds and many other MLB juicers displayed

    • forsch31 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      ESPN Magazine did an article about the message back in 2010. Basically, Aaron and Bonds had had a falling out a few years before, and Aaron didn’t want to have anything to do with Bonds, steroids or no steroids. Giants president Larry Baer made a personal appeal to Aaron, meeting with him in person, and convinced him to do a video message. Baer offered to write the message’s script, but Aaron wrote it himself.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        And I noticed over the weekend, when Robin Yount introduced Aaron as “the greatest home-run hitter” of all time during a pre-game ceremony in Milwaukee, the crowd roared and Aaron did not rush to the microphone to offer any corrections.

  4. misterj167 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM


    • Glenn - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      The Feat of Strength!

      • misterj167 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Airing of grievances!

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Gal Fawkes Day. She always has gotten overlooked.

  5. alexo0 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Coincides almost perfectly with HOF weekend too.

  6. joestemme - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    No players on the teams I follow seem to be on the about-to-be-suspended list today, BUT, I still think they should have pushed back the trade deadline until after these suspensions.
    They always talk about ‘competitive balance’, so it would only have been fair for the league to allow teams to adjust.

    • spursareold - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Teams knew who was going to be suspended WEEKS ago. If they didn’t do anything about covering their losses, like Detroit did, it’s their own damn fault.

      • joestemme - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Did you see the latest news on this site? Some NEW players are apparently on the list, and a couple of others are off it. So, yes, I still think it would have been more fair if they had either made the announcements earlier – or pushed back the trade deadline.

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