there’s this sense of obligation to punish Barry Bonds for something. the man cheated to attain two of the most illustrious records in all of sports (if for some reason you still don’t think Barry Bonds took steroids, just listen to this audio recording with his trainer Greg Anderson, who is once again loyally refusing to testify so will sit in jail some more). Bonds made a complete mockery of the game. how many 11-year-olds dream of achieving the things he has? but how many 11-year-olds dream of achieving them by using steroids? that’s forgetting why he ever picked up a bat. he’s turned it into an adult’s game—adults who fuck things up, ruin lives, sleep around, are downright rotten scoundrels. on the field though, you’re always just a kid. yet somehow Barry Bonds managed to fuck that up, too. baseball has suffered for it—but that’s not to say that other sports don’t have their drug related problems.

Jeffrey Nedrow, an assistant United States attorney, asked Larry Bowers (a government witness and an antidoping expert), the chief science director of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, how steroid use could affect a man’s testicles.

“It’s been well documented that you could have testicular atrophy,” Bowers said, before putting it simply. “They will shrink.”NY Times article by Juliet Macur

the thing is, he ruined something for all of us. a man that cheats should not be able to hold those records. what does that say about baseball if they do remain to stand? that cheating is okay? they’ve punished Pete Rose for that—and Pete’s cheating didn’t even entail direct results of games. if a man can do that in a kid’s game, well then it’s fucked. and for all Barry “achieved” on the field, he never got that World Series ring…

Watch Barry Bonds’ recording-breaking* 756th homerun here.

Watch Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th homerun here.

Watch Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 71st homerun in 2001 (though this one was merely trumping an already tarnished “feat” set by Mark McGwire only years earlier…).