Consider the following from Newsday’s uncommonly rational Ken Davidoff,

He saw how McGwire and his freakish muscles mesmerized us with his displays of brute power. How Bonds’ Hall of Fame skills became less interesting to the masses, as McGwire created a national frenzy with his pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season home run record.

It was a slam-dunk, it seems, to begin using what Bonds called “the –.” And just like that, he turned into a much, much better player, at age 35. Hey, I’d rather Bonds hold the single-season homer mark than McGwire. At least Bonds put together a Hall of Fame resumé before he turned to the dark side.