We can’t say with certainty, on August 8, 2007, whether Bonds’ career achievements come with a taint. What we can say is that any taint comes within the context of his time. Call him a cheater? So were many of his peers, if the storyline is to be believed, including the pitchers he faced. Unnatural advantage? I refer you to Jim Bouton’s extensive coverage of amphetamine use two generations ago. Unfair playing field? You probably don’t want to compare him to Babe Ruth, then. Bad guy? Get in a very, very long line.
"There is a lot of speculation about Barry Bonds, and my only advice
for people is to just let history be the judge," Bush said
during the interview. "Let's find out the facts, and then everybody's
opinion -- one way or the other -- will be verified or not verified."