If Major League Baseball ever institutes mandatory drug testing, I would suggest they start with Bobby Cox:
Barry Bonds leaves the ballpark as quickly as possible these days — not because he doesn’t love the game, but because he has somewhere better to be.
And when the Atlanta Braves dared to throw a hittable pitch to him in the 10th inning Thursday night, Bonds sent everybody home for the second time in three dramatic nights.
Bonds hit his 652nd career homer on the first pitch he saw from Trey Hodges, giving the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 victory Thursday night and a three-game sweep of baseball’s best team.
With his second extra-inning homer in three days, Bonds moved within eight homers of his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career list. He’s climbing the chart with a heavy heart while spending most of his free time with his cancer-stricken father, Bobby.
“I was just trying to hit the ball, but I’ve got to go somewhere now,” Bonds said as he left the clubhouse.
Barry Bonds for the year is batting .337 with a paltry .519 on base percentage and a miniscule .755 slugging percentage. Clearly, when the game is tied, it is the bottom of the tenth, there are no men on base, no outs, and Bonds is batting, you pitch a meatball to him. Right, Bobby?
Idiots. WALK HIM. Maybe the San Fran home crowd will boo you for the decision, but shouldn’t that be a BIG HONKING HINT?
I know managers like to stick to the way they have been doing things for years, but it should be abundantly clear that the rules of baseball do not apply to Bonds. And I am starting to feel that way about Pujols.