Steigerwald Exposes Bonds as the Scum He Is

After playing a three-game set in San Francisco over the weekend, the Pirates and Giants have flown cross-country to make up two rained out contests. The Pittsburgh Baseball Club will welcome Barry Bonds with open arms tonight, having planned a video tribute to the expatriated slugger to celebrate his breaking of the home-run record.
But John Steigerwald says our fans should show Barry all the respect he deserves by booing his ass out of town:

If you go to [Monday’s doubleheader], be sure to give Barry a long, hard boo. …
Boo him for Paul Scott and Joseph Lang … the long-time groundskeepers at PNC Park and Three Rivers Stadium who were killed by a drunk driver on their way to prepare PNC Park for opening day in April of 2002. They were both well known and well liked not only by the Pirates players but many of the players on visiting teams. They were also well liked by the photographers who work in the area next to the Pirates’ dugout.
Not long after they died, Peter Diana, a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, got together with a group of people who knew Lang and Scott and decided to raise money for their families.
All the players who were asked to cooperate did so without hesitation.
Except one.
When Diana approached Bonds, who had known both Lang and Scott, and told him about the auction and asked him to sign a few items, he said, “I don’t sign for nobody.”
That’s why Diana is quoted on the inside cover of the book, “Love Me Hate Me: Barry Bonds And The Making Of An Anti-Hero.” Diana’s quote: “Personally, I hope he (Bonds) dies.”

We’ve heard in the past all the stories of Barry Bonds’ icy personality. He was never the best teammate, and he distanced himself from the media. No one has attempted to defend his worth as a human being; his most vocal supporters recognize his skill as a ballplayer, not as a person.
I’ll continue to believe that he’s the greatest hitter the game has ever seen, but I appreciate him less with each passing day.
Dejan Kovacevic writes in this morning’s Post-Gazette that Bonds’ status for this evening’s games is unknown. He may or may not play, but at the very least he should make an on-field appearance for the tribute.

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12 Responses to “Steigerwald Exposes Bonds as the Scum He Is”

  1. Chad Says:

    Greatest hitter!!! Even worse!!!!!! The greatest hitter of all time and he isn’t a career .300 hitter!!!!!!!! Nor does he have 3000 hits (yet). But under .300 average and under 3000 hits, does not the greatest hitter make.

  2. Chad Says:

    Greatest home run hitter this game has ever seen? Horseshit. Give Ruth 162 game season and a right arm shield oh and a helmet and he would have hit 1000. Bonds couldn’t carry Ruth’s jock.

  3. Nick Cannata-Bowman Says:

    Is Bonds an asshole? Hell yes. Personally I defend his accomplishments on the field, and try not to concern myself with his misgivings off of it. He’s a selfish prick, but hey so were DiMaggio, Cobb, and a host of other great ballplayers. Again, I’m not defending his off-field behavior because something like what you described is a wretched thing for any person to say.

  4. Cory Humes Says:

    Didn’t call him the greatest hime-run hitter the game has ever seen, Chad — might help to read a bit more carefully.

  5. Travis Says:

    Maybe he learned from Tony Pena: Mr. “No. No autograph.”

  6. Nick Cannata-Bowman Says:

    I hardly think generic benchmarks for hits and BA determine a great hitter alone. Bonds career OBP and SLG are off the charts. And found this interesting tidbit on A-Rod:
    “[Jeff] Francoeur made an impression with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic when he confronted Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod berated a clubhouse kid for bringing him the wrong sandwich.”

  7. Cory Humes Says:

    It’s tough to argue, Chad, with a career OPS of 1.052. Or 2500 walks. Or, what will end up being a .300 career average with 3,000 hits. Or nearly 800 homers. Or 500 stolen bases.
    He’s the most complete offensive player the game has ever seen.

  8. Chad Says:

    He’ll never make it to .300. And 2500 walks, well walks are the antithesis of hits. And please stop before you Sabrevomit on me. I know it already. But there is nothing more passive than a walk and nothing more active than a hit. That is why they are opposite. Maybe if Bonds took the bat of his shoulder more he would have had more RBIs. His career OPS is still lower than two of the guys who were better hitters than him, Ruth and Ted Williams.
    Look the guy is still a first ticket hall of famer, even with out the cheating and the steroids. All i’m saying is that he’s no Ruth, he’s no Ted Williams. Nor is he Willie Mays or Hank Aaron.
    Amongst the greatest, yes. The greatest, no.

  9. Nick Cannata-Bowman Says:

    “And please stop before you Sabrevomit on me”
    I hardly think OPS, walks, home runs, and stolen bases qualify as crazy deep hard to understand Sabremetician stats.
    ” Maybe if Bonds took the bat of his shoulder more he would have had more RBIs”
    How dare he…not swing at pitches out of the strike zone? His walks are evident of the fear he imposes in opposing pitchers, and his above-average patience at the plate.

  10. Chad Says:

    Re #9
    I was stemming the tide of the Sabrestats before they came rolling out. That was all. When people start with the OBP and SLG and the nonsensical OPS, OPS+ and VORP are not far behind. I wanted to talk about stats that really mattered.
    “How dare he…not swing at pitches out of the strike zone? ”
    You act like I expect him to swing at balls in the dirt. I don’t. I expect him to not be so damned picky. There are plenty of ball that are just of the edge that he could swing at and just doesn’t. My point? My point is taht if he was willing to loosen his strike zone a bit, he’d get more hits. And he’d drive in more runs. People don’t just walk Bonds cause he’s dangerous, they walk him cause he’s impossible to pitch to.
    For reference, please see Manny Ramirez. Players like Manny know that what they can do with the bat if far greater for their team than what they can do with their legs.

  11. Chad Says:

    Re #9
    I was stemming the tide of the Sabrestats before they came rolling out. That was all. When people start with the OBP and SLG and the nonsensical OPS, OPS+ and VORP are not far behind. I wanted to talk about stats that really mattered.
    “How dare he…not swing at pitches out of the strike zone? ”
    You act like I expect him to swing at balls in the dirt. I don’t. I expect him to not be so damned picky. There are plenty of ball that are just of the edge that he could swing at and just doesn’t. My point? My point is taht if he was willing to loosen his strike zone a bit, he’d get more hits. And he’d drive in more runs. People don’t just walk Bonds cause he’s dangerous, they walk him cause he’s impossible to pitch to.
    For reference, please see Manny Ramirez. Players like Manny know that what they can do with the bat if far greater for their team than what they can do with their legs.

  12. Trevor Cole Says:

    Yes, that’s a selfish move by Bonds if it’s indeed true. But again, when the media is discussing Barry Bonds, you can’t really take every word they say and think that it’s the god honest truth.
    Maybe Bonds should take his bat of his shoulder? He was getting walked damn near 100 times a year….intentionally, not to mention the unintentional-intentional walks. Everytime he comes up with RISP, pitchers pitch around him, even to this day as a 43 year old they still don’t challenge with runners on.


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