Archive for February 6th, 2009

Bonds and His Lawyers Drive in the First Run

February 6, 2009

With the all the hubbub surrounding Joe Torre’s controversial expose’, the Yankee Years, reduced from steamy to lukewarm, an even more disturbing storyline has begun to resurface. Major League Baseball’s most popular nemeses, performance-enhancing drugs, have been clogging the front pages of Sports sections all across the country in anticipation of the Barry Bonds perjury trial set to begin on March 2nd. Many such dignitaries such as, Michael Wilpon of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, have stated that they really don’t have any interest in discussing the most talked about perjury trail since Marion Jones and that honestly they don’t really care.

With respect to a handful of teams, most organizations feel they have bigger fish to fry with solidifying their rosters before the hot stove switch is turned off. Perhaps, as a Mets fan, you may have found attending the second act of the Million Manny March more compelling than comparing whose urine is whose.

Fortunately, there are those of you who welcome some closure regarding this disappointing chapter in baseball history. After reading about the recently released evidence against the all-time homerun hitter, it makes for a seemingly open and shut case. Not only do the plaintiffs in the case have enough clout to link the semi-retired slugger of testing positive for a designer steroid THG, the fertility drug clomid or “clear” and a form of testosterone not naturally produced by the body, they have produced what they consider to be a doping calendar that has the initials, B.B., right next to the month that it adheres to. The calendar shows days of the week when, in this case, Bonds would be scheduled to receive the specific treatment of enhancement. Lawyers for Bonds have been working day and night trying to get this evidence excluded, arguing that it could not be authenticated. Unfortunately for the government, a decision was made yesterday to warrant this part of the evidence inadmissible.

According to the NY Times, the most difficult evidence for the Bonds camp to overcome, a tape-recorded conversation, in 2003, between Bonds’ former business manager, Steve Hoskins, and Bonds’ longtime trainer, Greg Anderson was ruled admissible. Anderson is heard on the tape saying to Hoskins that he had injected Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs and that they were not detectable under baseball’s drug testing program at the time. After a falling out with Bonds, Hoskins mentioned to the authorities that Bonds occasionally found himself in the midst of “roid rages.”

Experts who are following Bonds situation closely have stated that with all the attention being given to the case, the presiding judge is going to have to be extra careful that the jury involved has not been prejudiced by the information.