Barry Bonds, False Idol ENC1102 Research Paper

Barry Bonds, False Idol ENC1102 Research Paper - Majewski...

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Majewski Anthony Majewski Lepschy ENC1102 February 15, 2007 Barry Bonds: False Idol In 23 seasons, Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs. In 21 seasons, Barry Bonds has hit 734 home runs, and is close to passing Aaron. What’s the difference you ask? One Cheated. Recently, the Hall of Fame voters decided Mark McGwire wasn’t first ballot material, maybe not even Hall of Fame worthy at all. This may have set a precedent for cheaters (like Bonds in this case) who want to enter the Hall or hold all-time records. Bonds’ past is littered steroid allegations and proof that shows he cheated; therefore, he shouldn’t be allowed to enter the Hall of Fame or be able to hold any all-time records. This all goes back to when Bonds saw Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in the limelight. Bonds’ former mistress along with his trainer, Greg Anderson, said that he grew insanely jealous of the media coverage they were getting when they were racing to break Roger Maris’ single season home run record of 61 home runs (“Bonds’” n.pag.). According to Kimberly Bell, Bonds’ girlfriend, he was always making racist remarks about McGwire, saying, “They’re only letting him do it because he’s a white boy” (qtd. In Fainaru-Wada 2). Bonds looked into increasing his productivity and his trainer, Anderson, went to Victor Conte of the Bay Area Laboratory and Co-Operative. Over the next couple of years, Bonds worked with Anderson and Conte and BALCO’s illegal substances to improve his power and abilities. He did all this steroid use while using the cover of ZMA, a legal designer performance enhancer developed by BALCO (Fainaru- 1
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Majewski Wada 11). Conte often bragged on weight training message boards about his all-star clients and about his steroids that couldn’t be detected. During this time period, Bonds experienced a significant spike in his production. The transformation that was occurring was too obvious to be overlooked. Bonds always displayed 30-30 power and speed, but one year the stolen bases dropped off and Bonds emerged a monster for spring training in Arizona. He had transformed from the scrawny outfielder to a giant of a man who was feared every time he entered the batter’s box (Fainaru-Wada 6). In the 2000 season, Bonds hit 49 home runs and finished second in the MVP voting. The following year Bonds stepped up his workout regiment (and substance intake) and tore apart National League pitching hitting 73 home runs, shattering McGwire’s recently set record (“Barry Bonds” n.pag.). Bonds was now the best in the bigs, exactly where he wanted to be. Prior to the 1998 season, Bonds had never touched steroids, but knew that
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