Dave Zirin on Barry Bonds

07/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Many members of the national sports media are in San Francisco tonight, as the San Francisco Giants play host to the Florida Marlins in a weekend series.

Those sports writers aren’t there to cover a game between 2 very average to poor baseball teams – but to hope to see whether or not controversial slugger Barry Bonds will hit a home run .

The baseball star, who just turned 43 earlier this week, remains 2 home runs away from tying one of major league sports most hollowed records – the 755 home runs hit by Hank Aaron.

But Bonds is a polarizing figure, because of serious allegations that he – along with perhaps hundreds of other baseball players – illegally enhanced his performance over the last decade by using anabolic steroids.

Journalist Jeff Pearlman, the author of a biography on Bonds published last year called “Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an anti-Hero”, told the sports blog Deadspin this week that he cannot believe that other journalists he respects, like William Rhoden of the NY Times and Dave Zirin from the Nation Magazine, still give Bonds the benefit of the doubt. In the 2nd part of our interview with Zirin, we asked him to respond to Pearlman’s comment.

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