Today began Barry Bonds’ trip down a long and winding road that may never end at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In his first year of eligibility, it was announced this afternoon that the 7-time MVP and reigning home run king fell short of the 75% of votes necessary to earn entry into Cooperstown by a massive 221 votes. (He received 206 nods, a mere 36.2% of voters.)
There was a time when the thought that a player of Bonds’ caliber wouldn’t make the Hall of Fame would have been astounding. Instead, the astonishment will simply continue to grow from here as more and more steroid era players come up for eligibility and sit on the ballot, praying for a chance to be granted access to a club they once believed entrance into was inevitable.
But for those of you who pooh-pooh the use of steroids, just take one look at the visual evidence of the effect it had on Barry Bonds. Think of him not just as a baseball icon, but as a human being…