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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Are the drugs going to his head now?

Barry Bonds seemed rather nutty in his press conference today; I recommend watching the video excerpts linked from this page if you have ESPN Motion installed on your computer (and of course you should have ESPN Motion!).

If you feel like reading instead, here's a recap that doesn't do the performance justice:

He called reporters liars, and pointed to problems in the world he considers much more important than steroids, such as alcoholism and drug abuse.

Yes, drug abuse is way more serious a problem than steroid use. Except that it's the same thing--ask Ken Caminiti about that one. Oops, he's dead, I forgot.

In Bonds' first public comments since his grand jury testimony was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and reported in December, he had nothing to say about it, citing legal constrictions. But he had harsh words for the media and fans still consumed by the circumstances of his record-setting home run binge.

"You guys are like re-running stories," Bonds said to more than 100 reporters in attendance. "This is old stuff. It's like watching 'Sanford and Son.' It's almost comical, basically. ... Are you guys jealous, upset, disappointed, what?"

So it's his "first public comments" since the grand jury testimony leaked, yet Bonds accuses the media of "re-running stories." You see, Barry, there's new material to the story in that you have basically admitted to using steroids now. Before there wasn't such evidence, you see. And there happens to be a little bit of public interest in the possibility that the most hallowed record in baseball could be re-written by a steroid user, oddly enough.

You can see the whole thing in all its gory verbatim-ness here, including this as another example of Barry's illogic:

You know, there's a sports world -- the sports world is as bad as it is because this is the only business that allows you guys in our office to begin with. You can't just go to Bank of America, walk in the office, start interviewing employees. Just the sports world. Well, what for? Well, we don't want to get into the money aspect of it; we'll leave that to the side.

Sports is entertainment. Entertainment needs press coverage to be successful, hence the reporters are present in players' "office." Bank of America isn't trying to sell out thousands of seats in a stadium to come watch them do their thing.

If you're going to be surly, that's OK with me, just try to be intelligent when you do it.