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Barry Bonds to present Andrew McCutchen with his MVP Award on Opening Day

Mar 28, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

This is . . . beautiful:

It’s a little known fact, but Bonds presenting McCutchen with his MVP award is mandated by the Sportswriter Outrage Conservation Act of 2007. By doing this now, mere weeks after Bonds’ appearance at Giants camp, there will be at least a 54% savings in our sportswriter outrage resources, given that the previous outrage is still extant in the system and the large outrage-generating turbines housed in various underground bunkers around the United States will not have to be spun up from zero.

Smart move, Pirates. Thanks for thinking globally but acting locally.

  1. kevinbnyc - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    This is like Roman Polanski presenting Martin Scorsese’s Best Director Oscar.

    • philsieg - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      You mean Jim Leyland raped a 13-year-old?!?!

      • tysonpunchinguterus - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        I thought he was saying Polanski used drugs to make better movies. Now I’m confused.

    • nategearhart - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Comparing Barry Bonds’s “crime” to Roman Polanski’s is a horrible insult to Barry Bonds.

      • lanflfan - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        I dislike Bonds as much as anyone, but abusing your own body has no comparison to child abuse.

  2. jazynaz - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    that is definitely an outrage! if i were mccutcheon and hurdle i’d be completely insulted.

    this seems like it has to be some warped person’s idea of a sick joke…not at all funny!

    • gdobs227 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Wonder what poor Andrew has to do before people start spelling his name correctly? It’s not even just a comment section issue. National and local sports writers also often get it wrong.

      McCUTCHEN

      • brianincbus - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Lighten up Francis

    • someguyinva - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      I think it’s a generally accepted narrative with Bonds that he was on a Hall of Fame career pace prior to whatever PED use he may have done, and I further believe that he’s not suspected of PED use until sometime after he moved from Pittsburgh to San Francisco after the 1992 season.

      Per Baseball Reference, Bonds was a 50 WAR player during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh, which would put him in the top 300 all time (he’s 4th overall, including his years with the Giants). His 50 WAR in Pittsburgh is also better than the career marks of at least nine Hall of Fame outfielders, including Ralph Kiner, Earl Averill, and everyone’s favorite most feared hitter in the game, Jim Rice.

      The point here is that whatever he might’ve done to sully his name and tarnish his accomplishments, it all happened after he left Pittsburgh, and as the last Pirate to win an MVP, it’s probably right that he be the one presenting to McCutchen.

      • apkyletexas - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        As a Pirates fan who watched Bonds from his first days in the majors, I think I speak for a lot of others in my overall perception of the Bonds experience – he was a deeply flawed superstar, even in his early years.

        PEDs mean very little to me, since I’m not a stats purist. I know that comparing cross-generational stats has very little meaning, since the rules, park sizes, expansion, racial makeup of the game, and drug use (of all varieties and particularly amphetamines, not just PEDs) have had huge influences on the game from year-to-year.

        What Bonds represents to myself and most Pirates fans I know is that he helped usher in an era when rich owners could completely rape local teams of their best players by offering contracts that were double or more what they could get by staying at home and building a championship.

        If this current system of multi-billionaire ownership groups having free reign to pick and choose the best players from “poor” owners had existed in the 60’s and 70’s, we would have never been able to keep Clemente and Stargell and won championships behind their leadership.

        Today’s MLB isn’t really about the play on the field – it’s about the massive deals in the boardroom. PEDs are a red herring – something we are supposed to focus on that masks the fact that the Pirates could never offer a guy like Cabrera even 1/4 of his $300 million contract. To myself and a lot of Bucs fans, Bonds has always represented that distinction as Exhibit #1. I don’t blame the player – I blame the idiot owners with egos the size of the Milky Way galaxy. But still, Bonds is the most visible representation of that problem.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      yes, receiving an award from one of the greatest players of all-time is very “insulting”

    • akgobears - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      nice thing about that is you aint McCutchen thank you very much

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Why does Craig’s girlfriend stay with him when he practically worships cheating? Does he have an Ariel Castro type of set up where she is locked in the house and unable to leave? That should leave her plenty of time to find his popcorn, at least.

    • paperlions - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Calling people hypocrites that foam at the mouth about steroid use after 1998 while not caring about any other kind of cheating, including steroid use before then or amphetamine use (ever) or any other kind of cheating in baseball is not the same as worshiping cheating. If everyone treated every type of cheating the same, Craig would probably be a happier man.

  4. chacochicken - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    This would make me jump off a building if I was dumb enough to be outraged about it. We reward terrible people all the time. Barry is not particularly likable but he is a long way from being terrible and is entirely appropriate given he and Leyland’s connection to the Pirates.

  5. stex52 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    A few fun facts:

    1. Barry Bonds was never convicted of anything.

    2. Barry Bonds was never officially sanctioned by MLB for anything.

    3. Barry Bonds – whether chemically assisted or not – was one of the most amazingly talented players in the history of the game.

    4. Barry Bonds retains a lot of popularity, particularly in the San Francisco and Pittsburgh areas.

    So, yeah, we know what we know. But there is absolutely zero official reason why Barry can’t be part of any MLB function he is invited to. So what, are we into shunning nowadays? Ask McCutchen if he is offended.

    We’ve seen the same thing in Houston. It may shatter your world to hear this, but the young players love to be associated with Roger Clemens.

    • paperlions - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      but but but….the hate, he should be hated for cheating at baseball, especially because he “cheated” by doing exactly what 1000s of baseball players did before him from at least the 1950s….or something.

    • Pat Richardson - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Convicted of obstruction of justice. Which was a big sham, but still.

      I’m more surprised that Barry wants to have anything to do with MLB after they collusion to keep him out of uniform in 2008. It’s almost like he loves the game or something.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        You are right. Faulty memory. I thought it was eventually overturned due to the peculiar nature of the conviction, but that is not correct.

        But as was pointed out, he was convicted of obstruction for telling the truth. A very curious piece of logic.

      • righthandofjustice - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Fegusion Jenkins was voted into the Hall of Fame after convicted for possession of multiple kinds of controlled substances.

        George Steinbrenner is also a convict who somehow got reinstated with the help of a politician.

        The crime Bonds committed was no big deal unless people also have to pick on Jenkins and Steinbrenner.

        It may not happen in other sports but… this is baseball… Convicted? Shame? No problemo… as long as the commissioner see enough “proof” in a brown paper bag, he doesn’t see the crime and shame.

      • baberuthslegs - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Stex,

        Barry was convicted of obstruction for evading the truth during grand jury testimony. The conviction was upheld on appeal.

      • clemente2 - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Babe–you missed Stex’ joke. It goes along with the joke of the conviction.

      • baberuthslegs - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Clemente2 thanks. It’s hard to hear inflection on the internet.

    • lanflfan - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      1. Bonds was convicted on April 13, 2011 on an Obstruction of Justice charge, for giving an evasive answer to a question under oath, but his sentence did not include prison. However, the conviction was upheld on appeal on September 13, 2013. So, technically, you are correct, but at one point a court of law did find him guilty.
      2. While steroids were banned by MLB since 1991, there was no testing policy until the last few years of his career. Those tests were also not the most efficient or effective, allowing for improper readings if you had the right drugs. Given the BALCO scandal, I think its safe to say Bonds had access to such drugs. Bonds saying he “did not know what he was taking” is laughable, right up there with “my dog ate my homework.”
      3. I agree, which makes it even more shameful he even considered PED’s let alone used them.
      4. And he is hated in a lot of other places.

      If Barryoid would just come clean with his obvious PED use then we can all lose our minds for a year or two over it, then move the hell on. It’s worked for other players, but I suspect Bonds’ ego is far too big to allow for that.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        2. While steroids were banned by MLB since 1991,

        No, they weren’t.

      • baberuthslegs - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        He was “hated” before PEDs.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      3. Barry Bonds – whether chemically assisted or not – was one of the most amazingly talented players in the history of the game.

      Do you guys want to know the truth? Or do you want me to hit some Dingers?

      Dingers! Dingers! Dingers!

      • stac266 - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Man he was fun to watch.

  6. disgracedfury - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Well in 10 years A-Rod will be brought back as Barry was worse than A-Rod.Espcially as he never admitted anything unlike A-Rod.

    • stex52 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      One huge difference. A-Rod will have actually been sanctioned for steroid use and served an official sentence. Whether you like it or not, Bonds has no such stigma in his career.

  7. cohnjusack - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Pointless outrage aside, it certainly makes sense.

    Bond’s 1992 saw the 2nd highest OPS+ in Pirates history…just 1 point behind Honus Wagner.

    You get so caught up in the Bonds steroid drama that you tend to forget how stupidly great he was all the years before then.

    • tuberippin - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      He was a HOFer well before the new millennium.

  8. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I went to PNC park for the fist time last year, saw a lot more Bonds #24 Pirates jerseys then I would have thought.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    I’m trying really hard to care, but really I think I blew my pointless outrage quota for the day at the jerk who cut me off then attempted to road rage with me this morning after I flicked him off.

  10. righthandofjustice - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    The headline should read:

    Barry Bonds (*) to present Andrew McCutchen with his MVP Award on Opening Day

  11. frombalttosf - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Just as a fun fact – ATT park reduces left handed power due to the breeze by 31%. Imagine if he played in a lefty neutral park. 73 – no way, try 85-90.

    • jkcalhoun - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Check his home/road splits — pretty even. There’s no evidence that the park had the effect on him that it had on lefties at large.

      And, in general, it’s risky to apply effects that are measured in the aggregate to specific cases. Especially to cases that diverge from the “average” as much as Bonds did.

  12. musketmaniac - Mar 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    major league baseball stole 75 hrs from the HOME RUN KING. assassinated before his end. That’s should read the biggest headline of this travesty.

  13. beasleyreece - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    now we need to build him a statue. he was one of the buccos all time greats. if your still mad about the steroids, then you need to look in a mirror. he did what probably 50% or more of players were doing in his era. was it illegal, yes. but who cares. get over it, & appreciate his greatness.

  14. Old Gator - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I haven’t seen such a reconstitution of a cheating, lying heel since the “rehabilitation” of Richard Nixon.

  15. florida76 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Appreciate his accomplishments with the Pirates before the cheating tainted the San Francisco portion of his career, but Bonds did decide to leave the Pirates, and you don’t build statues for players after just several years of a career in that city. The Bucs have had more great players than most franchises, and those players spent nearly all of their careers in the Steel City.

    In terms of this brief, pregame event, we should remember his appearance is secondary to the presentation of the NL MVP award. Also, you better believe Bonds isn’t invited back had the Pirates not shattered the losing streak in 2013. What the Giants did with having Bonds back in a primary role for a week as a batting instructor was different to be sure.

  16. Carl Hancock - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I hope Pirates fans boo the hell out of Bonds. PED use aside Bonds was a cancer in Pittsburgh. He wasn’t friendly to the fans or the media. Factor in the PED use and I don’t see who in their right mind would cheer for this guy.

  17. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Don’t you dare accept that award Cutch !! Anything but him.

  18. musketmaniac - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    love the guy, carl

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