I know nothing at all about the collective bargaining agreement between MLB and its Players Association, so what I'm about to suggest is pure speculation.
There are some legal theories under which Bonds could sue the owners for a concerted action--an illegal boycott. So why hasn't Bonds done this, and why is the Players Association (which doesn't seem much affected by this) making the noise? One possible reason is that there is a provision in the cba that says that players cannot assert certain claims against owners--those claim must be brought by the Players Association under the agreement.
Again, I've no idea if that's what this is all about, but it seems to me that it could explain what would otherwise seem so inexplicable. Absent such a clause, I can't imagine why Bonds wouldn't bring this claim directly, if he felt legitimately aggrieved, and I can't imagine why the Players Association would feel that it has enough skin in the game to make it worthwhile pursuing this.
Not exactly true. There is the marker where number 756 landed, as mentioned in the article. Additionally, on the walkway between the ballpark and McCovey cove there are bronze plaques in the ground to commemorate all significant Giants milestones that have occurred since the park opened in 2000. Most of those (75% or so) are related to Bonds. And there are Bonds t-shirts available at the concessions.
Street chatter is that Novitzky's bosses may just pull the plug rather than pouring more money down a rathole. This has been a fabulously long (and expensive) process, and it's now looking as if even a worst-case-scenario for Bonds has him serving no time.
It must have been mentioned here before but without steroids Bonds was still a superstar. 73? Not sure ... prob not. Desperation to be on top - at any cost. Oh the wicked web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Likely known here is that his father was a Cal state champion in the LJ (25' 3") with very little practice. At home meets that coincided with home baseball games (Riverside Poly) he play the BBall game and during bottom of inning jog over to the LJ pit and take a jump. Track and BBall field were ~ 20yards apart. Likewise with the 100. Story goes that he came over for the 100 in a meet versus Muir HS (for those that know So Cal HS track). He ran 9.7 and got 5th - duel meet.
His uncle was the Cal State 120 and 180 champion in early 60s. And his aunt ran the 80m hurdles in the Olympics. Needless to say they were legends not just in Riverside but So Cal and Cal HS circles - with everyone track, as well as baseball and football.
I'm not sure but I think there was another brother who was equally athletically gifted - name 'Bob' - to complete the Bob - Robert - Bobby trifecta.
Quite a family legacy - more than sad chapter, now perhaps closing. I lived around the corner from Bobby and Barry for about 18 mo. I could out-due Barry in any sport ... of course he was 3 or 4 so it was pretty close.
At a federal court hearing court in San Francisco, Judge Susan Illston told Greg Anderson, who pleaded guilty to steroid distribution in the BALCO sports doping scandal, that he will return to prison if he refuses to testify at Bonds' trial on charges of lying under oath about using steroids. It's set to begin March 21.
It is interesting that the one count went 11-1 but another went majority for acquittal. My guess is that additional info such as the tests would have resulted in a conviction on this one, but I understand the way that the legal system is structured.
I had to laugh in the post-verdict press conference outside the courthouse. Bonds' lawyer said how much Bonds wanted to speak, but because the case is ongoing he wouldn't be able to. Then after a few other comments to the reporters, the lawyer asked Bonds if he had anything he wanted to say
Of course he thinks it was worth it. His whole raison d'etre was to protect Bonds. The only way Anderson would have regretted his decision to button up would have been if Bonds had gotten 20 years in Leavenwoth, then he would have felt like a dumbass.