Bonds In Arlington? Hey, Anything Can Happen

By Pete Alfano
Updated: September 30, 2007

FORT WORTH, Tx. — Uh, oh. That was our first reaction to the news that the San Francisco Giants and outfielder Barry Bonds were severing ties at the end of the season.

Why, you ask? Well, because the baseball pundits had listed the Rangers as a possible destination for Bonds, who wants to continue his career, but now appears to be best suited for the American League and a designated hitter’s role.

The Rangers are already deliberating about whether to bring back Sammy Sosa, who, like Bonds, is believed to have inflated his career numbers after inflating his physique. Exchanging the usually good-natured Sosa for the chronically ill-tempered Bonds isn’t worth any of the extra tickets that would be sold.

And why is it that Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is suddenly a haven for home run hitters in decline?

Wait, the Ballpark. Home runs. Just answered my own question.

But we’re feeling a lot better after reading the comments Bonds made about continuing his career, although he left out the one about money. He wants to play next season, he said, because he still feels like he can perform at a high level and he wants to continue his “quest” for a World Series ring.

Whew. That pretty much rules out the Rangers, unless Bonds discovers a Fountain of Youth in Arlington.

Sure, we’re being cynical, but the Rangers haven’t given us any reason to believe otherwise. A hot second half of the season (when nothing was at stake) provided some fleeting hope that success was right around the corner. That thought has been doused in the last two weeks as the Rangers reverted to their pre-All-Star ways.

Still, you never know about Tom Hicks when it comes to pursuing free agents. And how he might be influenced by Jerry Jones, his Cowboys counterpart. Here we have marshal, er, commissioner Roger Goodell in the midst of a cleanup campaign that targets players and coaches who have damaged the NFL’s image, and Jerry makes a decision that bucks the trend by signing Tank Johnson.

Johnson is a talented nose tackle who played an instrumental role for the Chicago Bears, but was let go after becoming a one-man crime wave these past couple of years.

But we know that Jones doesn’t mind taking chances; we give you Terrell Owens who committed an unpardonable offense when he stomped on the Cowboys star as a member of the 49ers in 2000. Now, T.O. wears the star proudly and most of those who vilified him, cheer him. In his defense, Owens’ rap sheet is mostly about football-related stuff, except for that did-he-or-didn’t-he suicide attempt last season?

What’s more, although the Cowboys have been America’s Team, they have not necessarily been America’s role models over the years. Michael Irvin has had issues, and if we believe that Pete Gent’s work of fiction — North Dallas Forty — was based on some real-life experiences, then even the revered Tom Landry turned a blind eye more than once.

Come to think of it, one of the first moves Mark Cuban made when he purchased the Mavericks was to bring in Dennis Rodman, whose photo is next to the word “eccentric” in the dictionary. Cuban, himself, is considered a maverick owner by the NBA.

Heck, Butch and Sundance used to hang out around here too, didn’t they?

So, we’ll have to wait and see how the Bonds story plays out. If he, Tank and Owens all end up playing for our local pro teams next season, we’re just going to find one of our Eagles CDs and just play Desperado over and over again.

It could become our theme song.