Remember Barry Bonds? The guy who looked like he could play point guard for Pitt when he was a Pirate and the Michelin Man when he was a Giant?

The U.S. government released its list of witnesses for Bonds’ perjury trial scheduled for March.

The list includes Bonds’ former girlfriend who is ready to tell the world that Barry’s testicles shrunk.

That’s one of the many signs of steroid use that she will testify that she saw.

Jason Giambi will also testify for the government.

I think the government is wasting its time with the steroid investigation because I don’t care if Bonds wants to inject gasoline into his veins. It doesn’t affect me one little bit. But, if there is going to be an investigation and people are put under oath and they lie, they should go to jail.

And, aside from Mike Vick blowing out his knee, nothing could make me happier than seeing Barry Bonds go to jail.

I started believing that Bonds was juicing in 1995. I know that most people believe he started in 2000, but I saw how much bigger he was in ’95 and had some of my media friends laughing at me when I said I thought Bonds was taking steroids.

I think he took it to another level in 2000 but he was a juicer several years before that. He didn’t pass the eye test.

I haven’t seen him lately, but I’ll bet he looks a lot thinner when we see him on trial in March.

Bonds is fortunate that there is no law against insulting people’s intelligence because he would get a life sentence for expecting anybody to believe that he got that ugly naturally.

  • YNGController

    I think that baseball knew 100% about steroids. Not only knew, but encouraged their use. After the strike they desperately needed something to capture attention…so let steroids in and use a juiced ball and create a b.s. home run race.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      All you had to do was look at Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and Sammy Sosa. I knew McGwire was juiced in the early 90s. So did everybody in baseball, just as everybody in the NFL knows that their locker rooms are overrun with juiced players.

  • Ochotexto

    I think Meathead is dead on with Jack Wilson. And always thought the Giles bros were obvious. And if were gonna jail Bonds let us not forget the jerk off Roger Clemens who lied. These guys live such lives of entitlement they think everyone is stupid or will believe their every breath.

  • colt

    I could not care less about Bonds. He is a jerk; always has been and always will be.

    On another subject, John, I would like to see you do an article on Pete Rose. Maybe you feel it is old news, but I am still intrigued by him. Here is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer who has more hits than anyone in the history of MLB, and he is not in. How about an article? I think it will generate good discussion.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      I can sum it up in one sentence: Put him in the hall of fame and write on his plaque that he was banned from baseball forever for gambling. How hard is that?

      • colt

        I have three comments: 1) I have always felt that MLB and the Hall of Fame should be considered separately. In other words, a person may be banned from MLB, but still be in the Hall of Fame based on his performance.

        2) No one seems to be able to give me an answer to this question: What if Pete Rose would have been inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to evidence becoming known about the betting on baseball? What would have happened? The pat answer that I get is that there is no provision for removing a player once they are in. But, that begs the question. What would have happened? Would they have just said, Oh well, we caught it too late.

        3) Let’s remember that Rose did not bet on MLB while he was a player; he did so as a manager. As bad as that may be, we are not considering him for the Hall as a great manager, but as a player.

        I say, ban him for life from MLB because he bet on the games. Then, vote him into the Hall where he belongs. (If a note on the plague is warranted, fine. But, he should be in.) What do you say?

        • JohnSteigerwald

          I agree.

  • http://Jim Jim

    Great book – “Love me hate me” by Jeff Pearlman. The guy interviewed over 500 people who interacted with Bonds. Pretty much confirms what we already know but still a very interesting read. Absolutely astounding how many people knew what was going on and looked the other way. He wasn’t exactly discreet about it.

  • francis

    …why is that people get mad when MLB players test positive for steroids…yet nobody seems to care if NFL football players take roids…THEIRS NO WAY THOSE GUYS IN THE NFL ARE THAT BIG WITHOUT SOME HELP…just saying is all…

  • saneman

    Some questions I have.
    1) Do you think Giles was juiced when he was with Pittsburgh? His production crashed with San Diego and he did have rhoid rage incident with his wife/GF. His younger brother had a later incident with his wife/GF.
    2) What about the suddent increase in Bautista’s HR production? 54, are you kidding me? Is there any precedent for such an increase? True, he definitely gets some of the credit because you could give the less talented LaRouche brother steroids and he would still have trouble hitting 20 HRs. BUt I am just curious what others think.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      They’re all guilty until proven innocent with me. I always thought Giles was juiced.

      • Chad Farthouse

        I could be wrong, but isn’t it true that they have no way of testing for HGH? Unfortunately, I’m going to have to agree with John here, I think that everyone is suspect now. How are football players getting a pass on this, that baseball players don’t seem to be getting?

        • JohnSteigerwald

          They can’t detect it without a blood test. I’m really not sure if they can detect it with a blood test but the players don’t have to submit to blood tests. Football players get away with it because the media look the other way. If KDKA learned that every player on the Steelers was juiced and had written proof, chances are it would not be reported. Find some “before” pictures of Moose Johnston and Mark Schlereth –both national TV commentators–and see if you think they would be interested in doing a story on PEDs in the NFL.

      • Bobzilla

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s my understanding that there’s no way to test for HGH, If true, why test for anything?
        I think the most tragic case of steroid abuse was Lyle Alzado. He wound up with every possible side-effect known to man, which eventually led to a slow and gut-wrenching death.
        And John, the reason your media friends laughed at your suspecions regarding Bonds, they were all too enthralled with hero-worshiping at the time to be convinced. That seems to be a Pittsburgh sports media problem.

        • Matt

          There is speculation that Alzado had HIV, which may have been the real reason for his many ailments. Steroid abuse sounds more macho. Hulk Hogan has used steroids and more recently HGH for over 30 years and he is in relatively good health with the exception of a bad back that is related to wrestling, but not steroids.

          • JohnSteigerwald

            If he did, he most likely got it from sharing a needle. Same as Magic Johnson and Tommy Morrison.

          • Matt

            Not to change the subject, but I have always wondered with Magic and Morrison whether they really have HIV or something that appears similar in diagnosis. Magic was always extremely thin and now he is very muscular. Most with HIV acquire another disease that kills them and they usually shrivel to a shell of their former selves. Magic and to a lesser extent Morrison seem to appear healthier than they were before announcing that they contracted the disease. The skeptic in me wonders if they are merely an attempt to put a masculine face on a horrible disease. Maybe what I have seen of the disease are the extreme cases, but it seems to take a terrible physical toll on those who have it. Magic and Morrison seem to be going in the opposite direction.

          • JohnSteigerwald

            I’ve always been impressed with how Michael Jordan bulked up, too.

        • mickey

          did you know lyle alzado’s own doctors said steroids had nothing to do with his health problems?

          do your homework before you talk

    • Meathead

      I remember a Post-Gazette writer marvelling at how Jack WIlson gained twenty pounds of muscle in his chest and upper arms during MLB’s nine week offseason one year. I believe Wilson hit eight or nine home runs that season. We only seem to get upset about steroids when people are hitting a lot of home runs.

  • francis

    …talk about headcases…bonds was an ass…couldnt agree more withya iabout barry steigs…

  • Matt

    The amount of money spent on investigating Bonds and Balco is atrocious. It all started with a disgruntled fan who was an IRS agent. It was a total abuse of power by the gov’t. They may be able to prove he took steroids, but they can’t prove that he knew what they were giving him was steroids. Not that it matters, but the girlfriend isn’t the least bit credible, her testimony will be negated under cross-examination. When Barry quit paying her bills and she needed money, she began making all kinds of acusations.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      At the very least it will make him miserable for a few months. I’ll take that for now.

      • Matt

        I doubt it. He lives in one of the most exclusive communities in the country, accross the street from Denzel Washingtin. He could care less. I hold no ill will toward Barry, of course I didn’t have to cover him. I am more disturbed by what the government did than anything he did, and he is in the a-hole HOF.

        • JohnSteigerwald

          Bad citizen. I can’t believe that all that he won’t have to pay a price down the road for all that stuff he put inside his body.

          • mickey

            he won’t pay any more of a price than people that drink or smoke regularly

            no matter what lifestyle you live, all of our bodies fall apart sooner or later

          • JohnSteigerwald

            Thanks doctor.

          • mickey

            dr. norman fost of the university of wisconsin, one of the few doctors to extensively study performance enhancers agrees with me

            if bonds drops dead at 65, will you blame the drugs even though many people that age and much younger drop dead every day without using performance enhancers?

          • JohnSteigerwald

            We’ll know a lot more about the effects when Bonds is 65 than we do now. Very few legitimate studies have been done on the long term effects becauase, it’s still a relatively new issue and there are not enough wiilling participants for a legitimate study.

          • mickey

            well why not look at guys like larry scott, sergio oliva, frank zane, lou ferrigno, franco columbu, serge nubret, and arnold schwarzenegger

            all of those guys abused steroids back in the 60’s and 70’s, heck ferrigno still uses them to this day

            they are in their 60’s today, why can’t they be considered the long term studies?

            arnold had heart surgery years ago, can we blame steroids or is it possible he just had a heart problem which isn’t as uncommon as people like to think?

            i just don’t understand all the health worries around steroids when the biggest steroid abusers known to man are alive and seemingly living well today

          • JohnSteigerwald

            They’ll have a large sample size in about 20 years.

  • Walt sulletin

    Other than Barrasso, I’m guessing he was the biggest jerk you covered.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      Greg Lloyd.

      • saneman

        Pittsburgh’s pass rushers from the blindside seem to lack class in recent decades – Lloyd, Porter, and now Harrison.

        At least they performed on the field. It’s too bad they couldnt be classier off the field. At least loudmouth Porter had a sense of humor compared to the other two.

        While I am libertarian with drugs and steroids, I do think there is a case for people enrolled in organized sports to be clean of steroids. It is cheating that damages that honest athletes careers because they are at a disadvantage. A guy who hits 40 HRs steroid free is no longer a superstar because some guy juicing makes 40 HRs seem just OK with his 50 HRs. Why should the honest guy be forced to put his health at risk to earn his due place in the sport?

        • JohnSteigerwald

          The leagues banning it and testing for it is fine with me. I don;t think govt. time and money should be wasted on it.