Gilbert Comes to Barry’s Rescue*

Well, I guess that headline would be misleading, considering Gilbert hasn’t quite come to Barry’s rescue just yet. But he wants to. At least that’s what he told DC Sports Bog (& Grill) man Dan Steinberg. Apparently Gil’s incensed by Marc Ecko’s plan to brand the 756 ball with an asterisk and send it to the Hall and wants to buy the ball from Ecko. Gil’s reason:

“It’s history,” Gil began. “It’s still history. I mean, the guy’s a man before he’s some big slugger. I mean, how you just going to take what this man’s done for his career and, as another man, say ‘Hey, you were accused of this, you allegedly did this, I want to take this away from you.’ I mean, what if we took away your Ecko company?

Gil said that he would be willing to pay $800,000 for the ball.

“If the Hall wants it, I’ll give it to the Hall, unmarked. If not, I’ll keep it. I’ll give it to Barry’s son. I don’t know, or at least do something positive with it, auction it off, build something, build some homes for the homeless, I don’t know. Do something positive.

They’re you have it. Gilbertology at its finest. While I side with Gilbert on almost every topic, this is one where I have to disagree with the man. Seriously, your head would have to be stuck pretty far up your ass to not believe Barry’s record is tainted. And as far as I’m concerned, a red flags goes up every time I hear someone defend Bonds. Are they doing so because they’ve used performance-enhancers before and they’re trying to justify the practice? Or maybe Gilbert’s just a really good guy — so I’d like to think.

(via Shoals at FanHouse; image courtesy Deadspin who also interviewed Agent Zero on Friday, take a look)

Refusing to Watch Barry Bonds Hit 756 and All the Glory

This is a free country, and as such, I decided I didn’t want to watch the moment and all the coverage that ensued with Barry Bonds hitting No. 756. I covered the story fairly at work, leading with it for all broadcasts, as that was the right thing to do. But that doesn’t mean I had to watch any of it, nor view the phony congratulatory messages and speeches. I have my reasons. In fact, check out my entire post of abstinence from FanHouse.

Also at FanHouse, I noted that Barry hitting No. 756 was indicative of his entire “me first” attitude. Anyone else wonder why he came out of a close game in the 5th inning that his team wound up losing? Is that not him being selfish? Oh yeah, and the President, the same President Bush who might be pushing the indictment of Bonds, called Bonds to congratulate him.

Meanwhile, I’m just waiting for the feds to come knocking in the next month or so. Now that will be justice served.

Is President Bush Behind the Push to Indict Bonds?

President Bush BaseballAnother story I just posted at FanHouse, based on a report from the Mercury News. They’re both a must read. In short, Bonds’ lawyer, Michael Rains, thinks that President Bush is driving the push for indictment. Funny thing is, I think he might be right. Let’s see why:

President Bush is a baseball fan. He’s a former baseball owner. He recently was interviewed by Karl Ravech after letting it be known that Baseball Tonight is one of his favorite shows. The guy obviously follows the game and cares that steroids have clouded baseball. So is it really too far-fetched to think that Bush wants Baroid indicted? I don’t think so. It’s clearly Rains’ job to protect Barry at all costs, but I actually think there might be some validity to what he’s saying. Check out the full story at FanHouse for all the details.

Feds Might Be Close to Indicting Bonds

Barry Bonds and Greg AndersonTJ Quinn at the New York Daily News has been absolutely killing the scene when it comes to steroids and amphetamines investigations. I mean this guy is all over these stories. His latest suggests that the grand jury is close to indicting Barry Bonds (probably for charges of perjury). I just got done posting that at FanHouse, so take a look.

This is something I’ve been expecting for quite some time. Doesn’t it all make sense now why Bud Selig has kept his mouth shut about his plans to be in attendance for 756? He was just biding his time, waiting to see if the indictment would come first. Want to know why? Because he plans to suspend Bonds — who would be under investigation for knowingly taking steroids — if he gets indicted. That’s why Bud hasn’t opened his mouth. He was just waiting to see the progress of the grand jury. This would make quite the off-season. The absolute trifecta: Vick, Bonds, and NBA ref Donaghy. Fantastic.

Only Three Away for Barry

There was an interesting poll presented during the Comcast broadcast of the Giants Cubs game. Hot Karaoke GirlsThey asked whether or not people wanted Barry Bonds to break the record. The results: 80% said no while 20% said yes. Recently at FanHouse:

Hmm, $44 million for Juan Pierre, and $50 million for Gary Matthews Jr., Eric Byrnes should make a pretty penny, even with Torii and Andruw on the market as well.

Another Barry Bonds Race Poll, Is it Race, or Integrity?

Yet another one has dropped to say that cheering for or against Barry Bonds to break the record is an issue of race. I have to start wondering if it’s a difference of race or integrity. To me, I’d be rooting against McGwire or Sosa just as equally as I am against Bonds — black, white, or Hispanic, it doesn’t matter to me. From FanHouse, another Bonds poll.

Also at FanHouse:

I was reading an article about D-Backs manager Bob Melvin that says he doesn’t outwardly show a lot of emotion. That doesn’t bother me. Neither of my hometown managers — Grady Little nor Mike Scioscia — are overly emotional, yet both teams are successful. So what do you think, must managers show emotion to be successful?

This guy who runs a Chicago sports memorabilia store has gotten rid of all the Barry Bonds items in house. They also plan to have a bonfire the day he breaks the record. Wow.

Where Will Bonds be in ’08?

It’s a good question now that Brian Sabean has been extended for two years. Probably means Bonds won’t be brought back. Lately at FanHouse: