It’s that magical playoff time in Major League Baseball again, and “The Tenth Inning,” the new sequel to Ken Burns’ baseball documentary, just came out, covering the sport’s last 16 years. Burns quotes baseball gurus about the game’s rogue superstar Barry Bonds, and the statement is made in the film that Barry Bonds may well have been the greatest player in the history of the game.
No player in 140 years compiled 400 homers and 400 stolen bases, as Bonds did by 1998, before he allegedly started using steroids. I think that there is little doubt that Bonds was disgusted with the spectacle of Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa hitting 70 and 66 homers and “saving the game” with the aid of the syringe, while he was dazzling in the field and at the plate in relative obscurity. So Bonds made his own deal with the devil and bulked up.
Question: Do you think that Barry Bonds was the best player you ever saw play the game? If not, who was better?
Or, are you still so angry with the obnoxious, cheating Barry, that you want to write him off as unworthy of being considered a terrific player?