Like many high-profiled athletes today, Barry Bonds can’t escape controversy. Amongst these controversies, the inescapable allegations of steroid use. Is that why Barry is one of the athletes people just lo-oo-ve to hate? No. It just makes it easier. Truth be told, I can’t stand Barry Bonds and despite my friend Patrick’s best efforts, I couldn’t care less for baseball.
Barry Bonds is not Wayne Gretzky. He’s not likeable, gracious or even social for that matter. He doesn’t sell Big Macs and doesn’t push cereals. He is a baseball player. He has very little interest in signing autographs and is rarely generous or pleasant in interviews. But guess what? It’s ok. When was it that we became to demand of professional athletes manners, amicability and other qualities one looks for in a best friend? Athletes are there to hit balls, pass pucks, smash rackets and dance in the end zone. Period. Did Tiger Woods become approachable and likable because he had Buicks to sell or was he like that from the get-go, thus getting him such an endorsement deal? Who knows and does it even matter?
Sportsmanship on the field is one thing, being likeable once the whistle blows is a whole different story. Media is always quick to remind viewers and readers of how rude Barry Bonds is. So what? He’s not running for office and he’s not trying to date your sister. He’s a baseball player and he does that very well. Leave him alone.