Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Maybe you shouldn't have used steroids, asshole!

So Je$$e Jack$on thinks that Barry Bonds needs special security?

You've got to be kidding me, folks. Barry Bonds needs special security because why? He's black? No...Barry Bonds needs special security because we in the United States don't take too kindly to cheaters. We know he's cheated. His average number of homeruns per year, from his debut in 1986, through 1999 (14 seasons) is just over 31. Now, from year 2000, through 2004 (2005 doesn't count, since he only played in 14 games, yet he hit 5 homeruns), he hit 258 homeruns, averaging 51.6 each year. In 2000, Bonds was 36 years old.

I won't dispute the fact that he's one of the best hitters in baseball history. He's also a prolific base stealer, with a career 506 stolen bases. The man has incredible hand-eye coordination, which allows him to hit for high average and high slugging percentage. Because so many pitchers and coaches are afraid to pitch to him, he walks significantly more than anyone else in the game. This gives him an astronomical on base percentage (OBP). But, how did he go from a 31 homer/year hitter to increasing that by 61%?

I'll answer for you...Steroids. He's the most accused player in baseball history, when it comes to steroid use, at least. He's been accused of taking human growth hormone and several other illegal substances, and each time the heat has been turned up, he suddenly has an injury that just won't rehab, like his numerous surgeries last year, which kept him from playing most of the season. The man is a cheater, has been implicated in grand jury testimony, while witnesses were under oath. So, which one is lying? I'd place my bet on Bonds.

Now, on to Je$$e Jack$on...he's saying that because Bonds is black, he's been unfairly subjected to discrimination and false accusations when it comes to this steroids issue. It doesn't have anything to do with the facts in the case, just that he's black. Jackson thinks that Bonds deserves additional security because Bonds had a syringe thrown at him. He cites Hank Aaron's struggles with race during his time in baseball, when he was threatened as he approached Babe Ruth's homerun record. This is all well and good...I'm sure that Aaron did have problems as he got up there. There are people in this country that don't want a black man to be ahead of any white man. Of course, they make up about 1% of the total white population of the US, but Mr. Jackson ignores that, he wants to go for the shock value. Maybe Bonds is paying him to make the remarks...I don't know.

But, do Carlos Delgado, David Ortiz, and Vladimir Guerrero need additional security because they're also black? Do Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and Livan Hernandez need it because they're hispanic? How about Derek Jeter? He's mulatto...Must be a ton of people out there that want to hurt him!

What I do know is that Jackson will say just about anything, to anyone for one of two reasons:
1- To race bait and try to trap someone, so that they will donate money to one of his "causes".
2- To make money for himself.

So, does Bonds deserve more security simply because he's black? No. Does Bonds deserve more security because he's approaching Babe Ruth's homerun record (714)? No. Why does he? Because Jesse Jackson wants to make a quick buck somehow...That's why.