Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Bondsman bailing out?

Barry Bonds out for the season, just as he's poised to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time home runs list?

I'll believe it when I see it.

Barry has a lengthy history of making brash, peevish statements like this one on one occasion, then heading in a completely different direction the next time he chats with the sportswriters. I have a hunch that, after a week in which he underwent a second surgery on his troublesome knee, had an old girlfriend pop up out of the woodwork with the manuscript for a scathing new expose in hand, and saw the Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball reignite the speculation about "what did Barry use, and what did he know when he used it," the Bondsman just rolled out of bed a mite grumpy yesterday. Give him a few days, and we may hear a whole other perspective from Barry.

The fact is, he wants to pass Ruth and Aaron a great deal more than he lets on in front of cameras and microphones. And unless he completely falls apart physically, he'll find a way to get back on the field and swat those last few dingers.

You know the Giants are sweating, though, with Barry's $18 million contract guaranteed for the next two seasons. That's a chunk of change in anyone's economy.

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