Baseball Doesn’t Want To Punish The “Golden Boy” They Selected

By Gregory Moore
Updated: March 12, 2006

SAN ANTONIO – Whether you want to believe it or not, Barry Bonds is baseball’s Golden Child. He is the one player that baseball thought could transcend the generations and bring back some lost fans. Mark McGwire was just a player who would be the bridge between Bonds and the baseball world.

Sammy Sosa was a welcome third party. When those two decided to battle it out in who was the home run king in 1998, Bonds was on the sidelines and it burned him up. And so, according to a book that will be out later this month about his many escapades with steroids and performance enhancement drugs, Bonds set out to become the game’s heir apparent that so many thought he should be.

Where did this persona come from for Bonds? Was it something that Bud Selig and others dreamt up because of his flashes of talent? And what of players like Ken Griffey, Jr. or Alex Rodriguez? Where do they stand in the wake of this media sandal that is rocking the sports world almost as bad as the BALCO case did a few years ago? And what of guys like McGwire, Sosa and even Raphael Palmiero?

What of these three individuals who scoffed at the United States government on the Hill but are now finding themselves caught up in Barrygate? What well all of these players do once the lid is completely removed off of this scandal and the feeding frenzy begins? Can anyone stand tall in the cow manure that is about to hit the fan?

One has to wonder whether baseball really wants Bonds to not be the Golden Child anymore. Now you would think that maybe somebody in the MLB offices would want the truth to be out there; that they would want to be able to not only have the truth be told but to also exorcise whatever demons the steroids scandal has brought upon America’s pastime.

Yet nobody has come out and categorically say one way or the other how the league truly feels about Bonds possibly being caught up in a very deceitful practice of lying about everything he knows from 1998 to the present time. Baseball doesn’t want to do anything about Bonds because they would look like the one sports league that didn’t have a handle on its most famous ‘employee’.

That’s too bad because if baseball really wanted to clean up its game, it would force Bonds to tell the truth about his use or non-use of steroids and what he knows about the BALCO case. This is something that should happened months or several years ago and they didn’t do that. Now two San Francisco Chronicle award-winning writers are about to expose the dirty little secret to the world.

Well that’s fine with this writer because if baseball doesn’t want to police its own and punish the Golden Child they selected as the face of the game, then somebody needs to do it and who better than two reporters who have mounds of evidence that could shake up the very foundation of the game.

CULPEPPER OUT OF LINE AND THAT COULD COST HIM SOME JACK Daunte Culpepper is probably one of the talented quarterbacks in the NFL but his childish tirade of demanding a trade via e-mailing the sports writers of the country isn’t very endearing. As a matter of fact it is quite childish for a grown man who you would figure would have a better handle on what’s going on with his employer.

Culpepper believes that he’s not wanted anymore in Minneapolis and so he is trying to orchestrate a trade. Well Zigi Wilf may be willing to oblige the disgruntled signal caller and possibly this week the two sides will be rid of each other. But was this wise of Culpepper who is coming off a serious injury? I don’t think so.

Culpepper was the Twin Cities’ media darling just a few years ago; especially during the time when former wide receiver Randy Moss was public enemy numero uno at that time. But then something happened. Maybe it was during the Super bowl down in Jacksonville when Culpepper basically embarrassed himself and the family of a disabled young man who was injured in a football accident.

Maybe it happened the moment he stepped foot on one of those famed sex boats last season. Whatever the reason or the cause, Culpepper’s tactics of unprofessionally voicing his displeasure could cost him some big time money because owners do not want to deal with malcontents who cannot be professional.

What is also beginning to be a trend is that the malcontents are players who make some big time money or are owed it. Lavar Arrington, Culpepper, Terrell Owens. These upper echelon players have the gift of gab and it seems also the gift of being very disruptive to football teams.

Maybe it’s just me but I’m beginning to get tired of millionaire ball players complain about their working conditions; especially those who became injured and haven’t proved to anybody that they are 100% over their injury.

Daunte Culpepper is a talented young man but it just seems that somebody is giving him the wrong advice on how to handle a trade negotiation between him and the new ownership group of the Vikings.