Bonds author speaks out by Mitch E. Perry05/05/06
Baseball superstar Barry Bonds has become a cultural icon in recent years - as well as perhaps one of the most hated men in America.
The San Francisco Giants slugger is in Philadelphia tonight, where he is expected to be cascaded by jeers and perhaps other worse behavior, as he stands just 2 home runs from tying the one of the greatest sports heroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Babe Ruth and his 714 home runs.
Henry Aaron owns the all time record at 755 homers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and that record Bonds may not reachÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.But only because he has slowed down this year after 3 knee surguriesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..
Bonds is intensely disliked in part because proof that he used steroids seemed to be confirmed in early March , when a block buster book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Game of ShadowsÃ¢â‚¬? was published, which detailed explicit information Ã¢â‚¬â€œincluding names, dates, and drugs with remarkable precision.
Most damaging were details from BondsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ sealed grand jury testimony back in December of 2003Ã¢â‚¬Â¦.Since the bookÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s publication, it has been confirmed that a Federal Grand Jury is looking into possible perjury charges against that testimony, in which he denied knowingly using steroids. The book also prompted Major League Baseball to conduct its own investigation into steroids.
All of that backdrop, and the 41 year player still is intent on performingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.One reason he is so hated Ã¢â‚¬â€œ perhaps more than other stars associated with steroid use Ã¢â‚¬â€œ like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, is because of his disagreeable personalityÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.That has never been documented as extensively as it has now in the new book Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an anti-heroÃ¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬Â¦WMNF spoke with its author Jeff Pearlman todayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦We asked him if he was concerned that because Bonds did not cooperate in the writing of his book, was he concerned about a fair depiction of the man, since so many people interviewed have negative things (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?does not get inÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jeff Pearlman, author of the new book about one of the most controversial men in America, Barry BondsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦The Book is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the making of an anti-heroÃ¢â‚¬?)