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Barry BondsESPN.com writer Jim Caple has caught a lot of grief for his prediction that Barry Bonds won’t break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. Bonds, if you haven’t been paying attention, has been red hot lately, making it look all but certain that he will break Aaron’s mark this year.

But this morning, Caple looks pretty smart.

The New York Times is reporting that Kirk Radomski, the former Mets clubhouse assistant who has admitted selling performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of current and former professional baseball players, met last Wednesday with the federal grand jury that is investigating Barry Bonds for perjury.

That’s right, Barry — .

From the New York Times:

Radomski had been charged April 12, but a federal judge sealed the case until he spoke to the grand jury to protect Radomski from being intimidated or influenced before he spoke to that grand jury, according to The Associated Press, which cited records filed in a San Francisco court.

Jim CapleBarry better keep hitting those moon shots at a brisk clip, because the feds are coming after him and they’re gonna get him. And you can bet that the second charges are filed, Barry’s gonna get a call from Bud, who will be all too eager to suspend the slugger and save baseball’s last sliver of credibility.

And you know who will be smiling the widest then? Jim Caple.

13 Responses to “They're coming for you, Barry.”

  1. JojoFireball says:

    The greatest player in the history of the game is not scared of some fuckin dude who used to work in the clubhouse of a team 3,000 miles away. He has withstood every major news outlet going after him and his family and still managed to hit more bombs than you, or I or every person who reads this article combined could hit in a twenty year career.

    I just see this as another attempt to assault him and his legacy because people don’t like him for being smug. He is better than you and he knows it, but does that mean he should be held in contempt of the court of public opinion because you don’t like him? He’s NEVER tested positive. Alot of other people have, like Jason Grimsley and that dude that stole Jeter’s glove, but neither one of them are great players so no one gives a shit about them… You are utterly jealous and naive if you believe that this game is so sanctimonious that only a few people have done wrong.

  2. Paul Moro says:

    Jojo, first off, settle. Coley’s stating facts.

    1. Kirk Randomski got caught and plead guilty. He will cooperate with the authorities.

    2. Bud Selig and the FBI have been after Bonds. Selig thinks (rightly or wrongly) that in preventing Bonds from breaking the record, he is doing a big favor for baseball. The Feds aren’t too interested in Grimsley. Bonds is the big name. He is the headline.

    3. While I agree that singling out Bonds in all of this is extreme tunnel-vision, I also think it’s undisputable that Bonds used SOMETHING. He admitted to the grand jury in 2004 that he did indeed use the cream and the clear – he just didn’t know what they were.

    And when did the media go after Barry’s family? I’ve never seen or heard of this. If you’re intimating that by going after Bonds they’re hurting his wife and children, then we’re just on a different plane. If this argument holds, then almost no one could ever be investigated by the media for fear of hurting others. Besides, it was Bonds who put his kid in front of the camera. Remember that? That “look at my son” bit he did in front of reporters and cameramen? They didn’t do it. He did.

    And unfortunately, not testing positive for steroids doesn’t mean that much. Jason Giambi admitted to taking steroids. And yet, as far as we know, he never tested positive for anything either.

    I don’t particularly like what Selig and the Feds are doing. But I also understand why they’re doing it. It’s not just that Barry’s unlikable. He’s unlikable AND great. If Bonds had the talent of Alex Sanchez, then very few people would care. But we’re talking about arguably the greatest hitter in the history of the game. People will notice. It may very well be jealousy. But that’s just one of the many reasons why this is happening.

  3. wgbphan says:

    I agree with the comments of jojofireball. Has Bonds ever failed a drug test? No?…That’s right. He hit in the 80′s, 90′s, and now in the 2000′s. Call me crazy, but isn’t he hitting over .330 with 8 homeruns through April?. How many tests do the players go through now? I am sure that they have done their fair share of testing. He still dominates baseball. He is still the most feared hitter in baseball (see walk totals). He still faces the same scrutiny on a daily basis and continues to produce for his team. He never lashes out at you or any other idiot that has a dumbass comment about him which they saw on SportsCenter the night before. He continues to be a professional and a student of the game. He doesn’t ask New York Metropolitan roadies for their life stories, so stay out of his. The media is killing baseball.

  4. I don’t agree completely with anyone here. But the suggestion I most adamantly disagree with is that Barry Bonds will be going to jail in the near future. That is absurd.

    Barry Bonds is not going to jail. HUNDREDS of people have strenuously tried to tarnish Bonds’ reputation for years, and they’ve all come up empty. Selig and the feds have absolutely nothing on Bonds and they never have. They’re living on a wing and a prayer hoping that SOMETHING, even isolated former bat boys, turn up so that they can try to uncover a scoop on Bonds. It hasn’t happened nor will it – no one would have been able to sit on that kind of info for the past 6-8 years.

    However, I’m not naive, either. Bonds, like 50-60% of 1990′s ballplayers (just my opinion, obviously not fact) has probably taken something at one point in his career. Just his sheer body “reformation” would suggest so. Regardless, Bonds is still proving today that he has the eye of a tiger and can crush the ball at will. He has always been one of the best ballplayers of my generation, if not in the history of the game. He is feared at the plate. Literally.

    I personally am rooting for him to break the record.

  5. Sarah Green says:

    Are you guys kidding me? Bonds is so professional? Bonds is above it all? What, is the guy paying you to say this? Bonds loves lashing out at the media. While we’re talking about facts, here are some more. Fact: Bonds is a douchebag who took steroids and HGH and who knows what. Fact: he never tested positive because the crazy-powerful players’ union and crazy-greedy MLB didn’t feel like testing him or anyone else. Fact: Barry broke the spirit of the law, if not the letter of it. Fact: he also does douchey things like sell autographs for tens of thousands of dollars, not report the income on his tax returns, and then funnel the money to his mistress.

    A truly great man. Just like Babe Ruth was a great teetotaler and Ty Cobb was a great multiculturalist.

  6. Paul Moro says:

    Zvee, I’m with you in saying that Bonds is not going to jail, at least I don’t think he will. If he did, it’d be absurd. But I didn’t think that Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams would be sentenced to 18 months either. Granted, they ended up not serving the time because their source came forward, but the whole situation is completely nuts. I have no idea how it got to this point. The only rational (but terribly unethical) reason I can think of is that prosecutors and the Feds want to make a name for themselves. Like I said earlier, Bonds is a headline. He grabs attention. The prosecutors and Feds can use that to become famous themselves. That part is terribly unfair.

    But the fact remains that Bonds DID ADMIT to taking the cream and the clear. And yet we still don’t know if Bonds ever failed a drug test prior to the 2005 season. And no, I don’t think that the homerun record should be nullified as a result because he certainly wasn’t the only one to use performance enhancers. But few are getting caught.

    There were 28 players in the bigs and in the farm who were suspended for steroids in 2005. That number dropped to six in 2006. None so far in 2007. Have people stopped using them altogether? Unlikely. Has the drug testing already fallen behind the science of performance enhancers? Highly possible.

    I don’t think that sports – not just baseball – will ever be clean. Never has, never will. Bonds is going to break the record. Doesn’t bother me either way. He was a Hall of Fame player before San Francisco, and he still is. It won’t change my opinion of Bonds and it won’t make me any less of a baseball fan.

    What does bother me is cases like Ken Caminiti – it’s true that he died of a drug overdose. What’s also true is that a contributing factor in his death was an enlarged heart, created by hypertrophy which is one of the potential side effects of anabolic steroids, which Caminiti had admitted to using. Caminiti was one of the guys I grew up watching. I’d hate to see anyone else ending up like him.

  7. JojoFireball says:

    Even if they find roids in his pocket and a broken needle point sticking out of a hole in his pants, with his finger prints on it and two sworn afidavits singed by Greg Anderson and The Pope respectively, he will not go to jail. EVER.EVER.

    “Rockstars don’t go to jail… Vince Neil only did thirty days and he killed somebody…) See “Airheads” for the context. But it’s true. Lying to a grand jury gets him house arrest. maybe. He’s still gonna be the homerun king until A Rod or Pujols or someone else passes him in a few years just like he did McGwire with the single season record. It’s all a big jerk off for sportswriters but for people who truly know the game it’s a travesty to the sport that we love. Ask any good player who the best hitter of all time is, and the names you will get in no particular order are Bonds, Williams, Mays and Ruth. Kind’ve unfair to dismiss one of the best hitters of all time because of specualtion and allegations…

  8. The Asterisk Party

    We make no attempt to single out Barry Bonds. Barry just happens to be carrying the steroid banner presently. McGwire, Sosa, Bud Selig etc… all of them may be guilty of drinking from the steroid trough. We do indeed protest the steroid era… and the efforts of Bud Selig. Like a good parent… we do not accept the “everybody does it” excuse… the integrity of the game is at stake. We know the asterisk will never be applied but at least we fans will have said to the future fans … we knew what was going on and we did not stand by and ignore it.

    Our asterisk is simply an acknowledgment that we the fans were not ignorant to the truth. Future baseball fans will certainly look back on this time… the steroid era… and they will wonder why no one took a stand and called foul. So this year, we stand up for the past, to show the future, that the now matters. And we will make our stand… in the stands… at the ballpark… for all to see. Our little piece of foam does not attempt to change the record book or right a wrong. That would certainly be beyond our ability and would only add to an already convoluted tangle of words and facts. This little foam asterisk simply allows the fans to demonstrate, in a peaceful simple way, that we were not blind. We were not fooled. And we did not stand by and look the other way while the integrity of the game was ground into the dirt.

    The Fans

    http://www.fanslovebaseball.com/

  9. wgbphan says:

    Question…Who is this “we” garbage? Are you writing the record books? Did I miss something here? Are you personally going to sneak in the HOF doors and (heeheehee)change things? I don’t care what you and your buddies do with your little story books that you read to each other but to say that “WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A STAND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS” kills me! And Sarah, you are the stereotypical media poster child. You sit here and say fact, fact, fact but what are those you are giving? Nothing but media speculation, which I explained to a friend recently as, “an educated guess”. You see a comment on ESPN “Round the Horn” and quote it as your own five minutes later as if you did research on it. You are just as guilty as the real media who are tarnishing this game that some of us love. Those are not facts that you are spouting off. Those are ignorant statements of someone on tv who knows a lot more than you do, which may not be much, and spouts them off to make a paycheck. I appreciate the attempt at saving the game because I am a diehard baseball fan, but to single one person out with no history of any tangible evidence is completely ignorant. Please form your own opinion and quit watching SportsCenter. I don’t care what Skip Bayless and Woody Paige have to say about anything. Their entire show is opinionated, so please so find a credible source for your “facts”.

  10. Paul Moro says:

    I’m not entirely certain why you think that the media is “tarnishing this game that some of us love”. I can’t speak for everyone here but I think “Around the Horn” is one of the worst shows on tv. It’s not a true debate and it forces each person to disagree with the other regardless of their sincerity. So I don’t watch it.

    But there is one point that’s continually getting glossed over here. The drug testing isn’t really catching anyone anymore. You can’t continue to overlook that Bonds admitted to using the cream and the clear in front of a grand jury. This is indisputable. And yet, Bonds has never tested positive for anything aside from amphetamines as far as we know of. Jason Giambi admitted to using several kinds of steroids in front of the same grand jury. And yet, Giambi has never tested positive for anything as far as we know of. Jason Grimsley admitted to using steroids to the Feds. Again, Grimsley did not test positive since the drug testing began in 2005. He was banned 50 games but not for failing a drug test. He was banned because the Feds raided his home and found the substances. It wasn’t a positive test. We THINK he failed one in 2003, but MLB claims that the tests back then were anonymous so Grimsley himself had no way of knowing. Who’s lying? Can’t say for certain, but someone is.

    It’s unfortunate that Bonds can’t cite his negative drug tests as inconclusive proof that he’s clean. I want to believe that the sport is clean. I want to believe that the drug testing works. But how can I possibly believe that when Bonds, Giambi and Grimsley all admitted to taking performance enhancers and yet weren’t caught by the test itself?

  11. JojoFireball says:

    Well apparently I don’t know much… But this I DO KNOW… As of today Mr. Bonds is at 743 career homeruns. This means that he needs 12 bombs to tie and 13 to take over the all time lead.

    So whatever Jim Caple, or Kirk Radomski or Paul or Sarah or WHOEVER has to say about this whole HGH circus there is one undisputable fact that will come to fruition in the near future. BARRY BONDS IS GOING TO BE THE HOMERUN KING.

    He’s seeing the ball well right now and if people will pitch to him, it could be 3 weeks to a month… So get your explanations and challenges to his reign as King ready cause you’ve only got a few weeks.

  12. wgbphan says:

    755 is approaching. Get your sob stories together. Hey uh Paulo, I’ve got no bones to pick with you man. You actually back your words up with somewhat factual information. I appreciate that. I am talking to these idiots who freely roam this page talking as if they know anything. Say whatever you want about Barry, but he is and always will be the greatest player of all time. Steroids or no steroids. 7 MVP’s, a dozen gold gloves, only one with 500-500, one of four 40-40 players and one of 3 players in the 700 club. Nobody can take those away from him. He is a five tool player whose body of work will never be challenged. I don’t care what Arod does. He will never get 10 gold gloves, steal 500 bases, or win 7 MVP’s. Those are facts.

  13. Sarah Green says:

    It’s really sad that Barry chose to tarnish his career with steroids. It’s really, really sad because if he hadn’t done that, he would have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer, hands down, and fondly remembered as one of the game’s greatest players. But to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, it’s our choices that reveal who we really are, far more than our abilities. Yes, he’ll go in the record books, and no, there won’t be an asterisk. But though people still get excited about hitters putting up “Ruthian numbers,” I can hardly imagine a future in which fans get as excited about “Bondsian numbers.” We don’t need an asterisk. We all know what he did, because he admitted to it. (Which is more than I can say for Mark “I’m not here to talk about the past” McGwire.)

    If it feels like cheating, it probably is.

    And no, I didn’t get that from SportsCenter. I don’t watch ESPN.

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