Barry Bonds is one of the most controversial figures in baseball. Despite being the most successful batter in MLB history, Barry Bonds has been plagued by controversy for the last decade or so -controversy which has well and truly tarnished his baseball career.
Bonds was a two-time MLB Home Run Champion in 1993 and 2001, scoring a record 73 home runs in 2001. But these achievements have been countered by the allegations, in several well known books and documentaries, that he was a drug cheat during his prime years.
The former San Francisco Giants star was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011 and is guilty in the court of public opinion.
Should be celebrated
Bonds has nonetheless remained in the record books, and when it comes to another top star, Alex Rodriguez - who was actually suspended by the MLB for drug use last year - Bonds wonders why the baseball public are not rooting for the Yankees star.
“My godfather means the world to me. I love him to a T,’’ Bonds told USA TODAY Sports, “but when Alex hits No. 660, I’ll be happy for him. Willie will be happy for him. Everybody should be happy for him.
“Any time anybody in the game does something that’s a great accomplishment, the game of baseball should celebrate that.
“No matter what. Baseball is benefiting from that person’s hard work, so baseball should at least celebrate.’’
Bonds went even further and revealed that he spoke with Rodriguez before the start of the season and told him that he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody.
“I told Alex, you don’t need to prove anything to anybody. What do you need to prove? That you can hit another home run? That you can play baseball? Why the hell does anyone need to ask him that? He already proved it. The proof is over," Bonds added.
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