If you've been paying attention to sports news lately, you know that Barry Bonds might not donate some of his prized items from the Home Run record chase to the Hall of Fame. Bonds said "I'm not worried about the Hall. I take care of me."
The only reason this story is getting much pub at all is because people love to hate Barry Bonds. He makes it even easier with quotes like that, and this all just adds more fuel to the fire. There are certainly plenty of reason to hate Bonds - he's an asshole, an egomaniac and a cheat. But for once I don't think Bonds owes baseball jack shit, despite all it's given him, for completely valid reasons.
This is fairly simple. During the home run barrage of Sosa and McGwire and Bonds, baseball turned a blind eye on steroids, despite the fact that it was readily apparent. The home run hitters were lauded and praised. But as soon as steroids came up and the public got mad, baseball decided to try and turn them all into scapegoats. McGwire getting the shaft at the Hall of Fame was the climax of this reversal of fortune tale. Sosa, even though he's now back in baseball, essentially got crushed as well.
But Bonds just kept going. Kept hitting, kept producing through BALCO and everything else. And now that he's headed towards the ultimate sports record, all of baseball has its panties in a knot. They've thrown investigations at Bonds, they've beaten him down in the press, Bud Selig might not attend the game where Bonds breaks the record, etc, etc.
On the flip side to show how f'd up the sports world is, Len Pasquarelli of ESPN just a day ago said he'd take Shawne Merriman - a known steroid user - as his player to start an NFL franchise with.
There's nothing incredibly wrong with baseball's approach - lord knows it's better than football's - but baseball made a firm decision to totally disassociate itself from Bonds. So then here's the big question: If baseball doesn't want anything to do with Bonds then why the hell do they want mementos of his assault on the home run record?
I'm not a Bonds apologist, but I find baseball's stance incredibly hypocritical. You want a guy to donate stuff to the Hall of Fame while you're essentially trying to bury him. And not only that, but it's even more bizarre to get him to donate stuff to the Hall when a lot of Hall voters don't want to see him get in.
So as far as Bonds saying "I take care of me," I can't blame him. Baseball decided to turn its back on Bonds once the steroid controversy started. Bonds returning the favor shouldn't be a surprise.