Baseball’s All-Time HR king, Henry Aaron, made the following comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Terrence Moore.
“First, since I played the game myself, I know that you can’t put something in your body to make you hit a fastball, changeup or curveball,” Aaron said Saturday in an exclusive interview.
“The only person who can do that is the good Lord. But, at that age (40), you have to ask: Did he accomplish all of this by rejuvenating his strength from day to day with those substances? I know that when you reach a certain age, you just don’t bounce back as quickly as you think you can when you’re playing all of those games.
“Drugs won’t help you hit the ball. But can they make you recuperate consistently enough to hit the kind of home runs that these guys are hitting?”
Aaron paused, sighed and added, “Let me say this. Any way you look at it, it’s wrong.”
Is it wrong enough to keep Bonds out of the Hall of Fame or force baseball to place an asterisk next to Bonds’ slew of records in recent years?
“Really, I can’t argue that point, because it’s something that everybody [in a decision making] position has to sit down and think about, especially since this new Bonds thing is shedding a whole different light on the issue,” Aaron said. “Is this thing involving Barry Bonds in the same category as the guy who gambled on baseball?”
As the hysteria over Bonds’ admissions to the grand jury continues, the Arlington Daily Herald’s Barry Rozner, reminding everyone that “nearly a decade ago I began warning you of the house of cards that was baseball’s drug abuse and suggested it was the lava building under a secret dome that would explode into a volcanic scandal, the worst in the game’s brilliant history” (please be sure to send Rozner a thank you card this Christmas), went a step further than most, advocating lifetime bans for anyone found to be using steriods from January 1 onwards. The Rozz is also the first journalist I’ve seen to openly accuse Ken Griffey (presumably Jr. and not Sr.) of being juiced up. I hope for the sake of Rozner’s colleagues that he has more than circumstantial evidence, because I suspect Junior would be a terrible publisher to work for.