Barry Bonds Must Quit

Written by Drew on May 16th, 2006

There is only one way for Barry Bonds to enjoy the rest of his life–only one way for him to be remembered as a hero. Barry Bonds must quit.

There is not a moment to lose. Currently Bonds teeters on a precipice of 713 home runs, only one away from Babe Ruth’s record of 714. The moment he falls, he will be hated forever.

Not to mention, if he passes Hank Aaron’s 755 homers he will be relegated to Dante’s ninth circle of hell.

The only way out is for Bonds to call it quits. That way, he would be remembered as a guy who used performance-enhancing drugs but who repented before it was too late. He would be known as the guy who had enough respect for Ruth, Aaron, and all the others who played by the rules not to tamper with their records. He could even go on tour, telling kids steroids is not the answer. If Bonds stepped down, he would be making a statement, an important statement for which he would be lauded.

But from what I know of Bonds, he will not step down. Even as he is struggling, he is still trying to jump off that cliff.

Hopefully baseball will not forgive him. They banished Shoeless Joe; they banned Pete Rose; they even put an asterisk next to Roger Maris. Surely they will punish Barry Bonds.

Just quit, Barry. Just quit.


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  1. Ike says:

    You’re forgetting one aspect of Barry’s redemption.

    We can safely say that “calling upon the name of the Commissioner” is an essential aspect of the redemptive process. It is an appeal unto Bud Selig from a heart genuinely desirous of turning from a life of steroids to a life lived in harmony with sabermetricians and their divine will. It is more than just a heartfelt petition, although it is that. It is also an external evidence of an internal intent. In other words, our appeal unto baseball originates in the heart, but is displayed in visible commitment. Those who seek the Hall, must serve the Hall. The former without the latter is ineffectual. If Willie Mays came to your community today seeking to bind and lead away those who were calling upon the name of Bud Selig, would he be led to you? Or, would there be insufficient visible evidence to convict you?! Such a question ought to cause each of us to do some serious reflection and self-evaluation. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Bud, Bud,’ will enter the kingdom of Cooperstown; but he who does the will of My Commissioner who is in Milwaukee”.

    (My apologies to Al Maxey.)

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