It’s unfortunate that Barry Bonds has such a negative reputation. It could be a case study in the benefits of pandering to the media. He was distrusting and not willing to play along with journalists and that translated into more negative publicity than a serial killer.

What were Bonds’ crimes? He was one of the best baseball players of all time who avoided reporters and was apparently not a very good teammate. For the record, Barry Bonds could be the worst teammate on my team anytime he wants.

As most things are prone to be, I assume that Barry Bonds is more complicated than being all bad or all good. And this latest bit of news supports that assumption.

Bonds has quietly committed to sending Brian Stow’s kids to college. Stow, from San Francisco, is the man who has beaten within an inch of his life outside of Dodger Stadium because he dared to wear a Giants jersey during the opening weekend of the baseball season. He remains in critical condition with brain injuries.

Stow family attorney Thomas Girardi said that former slugger Barry Bonds has donated to pay for their college education. He said the family has talked about turning other donations back to the fans if this suit is successful, but said the gift of a college of education is something they treasure and will keep.

Bryan is a single father. He has a son and a daughter who are both in grade school.

And to anyone cynical enough to suggest that Bonds is merely doing this to improve on his reputation:

Bonds visited Stow on April 22, while he was still in a Southern California hospital.

Sources close to Stow told NBC that Bonds also spent an hour in Stow’s room and left a signed baseball bat for Stow’s children. At the time, there was no mention of a donation to a college fund.

This happened more than a month ago, while Bonds was still embroiled in the fallout from his circus of a trial, and the former slugger made no mention of it at a time when he potentially could’ve used the good publicity most.

And The Rest

Colorado Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa suffered a complete tear of his UCL, and if you’ve been a baseball fan for even the briefest amount of time, you probably know what that means.

Manny Acta’s Cleveland Indians are the perfect example of what can be accomplished on an egoless team.

FanGraphs introduces ultimate base running.

If Adam Dunn thinks his slump is ridiculous, just imagine how Kenny Williams would describe it.

The downfall of Scott Kazmir continues.

Bloodlines will flow in this year’s MLB amateur draft. I probably could’ve picked a better verb than flow.

The top five potential sellers at the trade deadline; or the Minnesota Twins and four National League teams that Jim Bowden is confident exist.

Missing. The. Point.

Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles will sit out for a couple more weeks while recovering from a concussion.

May’s slap hits bring June’s Big Papi.

People who ruin fun things should not be allowed to have cool things.

Picking up from a recent Annotated Box Score, Mike Fast looks at leaders in catcher interference.

New York Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano will pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews in order check out his arm.

People honestly still write about Roger Maris and argue whether or not he’s deserving of the Hall of Fame.

Finally, something tells me that Justin Germano and Vinnie Pestano have embraced their new nickname. Surprisingly, there’s more than one group who finds the name offensive and claims that it glorifies negative stereotypes. Yeah, that’s the most offensive part of the Cleveland Indians.

Comments (7)

  1. The dog and pony show Congressional Hearings still leave me with a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Having to sit in front of a panel of old white men and answer questions about if you put stuff into your own body. I mean, does Congress really give a shit if Barry Bonds’ head explodes? No, it’s all about whether someone dared to lie to a politician, because we all know lying and politics are strange bedfellows.

  2. @John

    Spot on. The irony of politicians judging anyone for lying is laughable.

  3. I’ve heard a lot of stories like this about Bonds. Apparently he does stuff like this regularly but simply doesn’t seek media attention to do it. I’ve actually always liked that about him.

  4. The best part of the otherwise disappointing Tenth Inning of Ken Burns’ Baseball last fall was the part about Bonds. It captured at least a tiny bit of the complexity of Bonds’ relationship with the media, other players, and steroids. It’s must see if you haven’t.

  5. Hey, Barry Bonds may have a soul after all!

    Sarcasm aside, I will take this time to recommend picking up Asterisk by David Ezra if you’re interested in really awesome baseball anecdotes, some candid insight into Barry’s life, and good ol’ fashioned steroid-myth debunking. It’s a deserved rebuttal to the massive pile of trash that is Game of Shadows.

    GOAT!

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