Muller: I Say Bravo Barry Bonds

By Shawn Muller–

CHICAGO (CBS) I don’t care if he did or didn’t use steroids or any other type of performance-enhancing drug: Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player of the past 30-plus years…and likely one of the top five players of all-time.

Just take a look at some of his career accomplishments:

-7 MVP Awards (closest player has 3)
-762 Career Home Runs
-Sole Member of the 500/500 Club (HR’s and Stolen Bases)
-8 Gold Glove Awards
-12 Silver Slugger Awards
-14 All-Star Games

I could make a list about a mile long covering Bonds’ accomplishments on the field, but I obviously don’t have the time and, more than likely, it wouldn’t matter anyways.

No matter how hard I try to prove the prowess of Barry Bonds, there are always going to be people that are still going to say, “So what? He was and always will be a cheater. Those accomplishments mean absolutely nothing.”

I am not going to say it is wrong for people to feel this way. We are all entitled to our own opinions, and if you feel that players like Barry Bonds deserve to be “black balled” from the game of baseball, that’s completely fine with me.

But what happens when a villain like Barry Bonds actually makes the news for doing something good?

Is it possible for arguably the most hated man in professional sports since Ty Cobb to redeem himself…even if for just a split second?

Are the haters still going to hate?

Of course they will because when you are as despised as Barry Bonds is, you could cure cancer and people would still find reasons to think of you as a dirt bag.

I, on the other hand, will forever be impressed with his act of kindness towards the family of Bryan Stow.

For those who did not follow this story, Stow was the Giants fan who was savagely beaten outside of Dodgers Stadium on Opening Day, for nothing more than being a Giants fan. He suffered traumatic brain injury from the beating, and has been in an induced coma since the middle of April.

People throughout the country have come forward with donations for the Stow family to help cover some of the cost of Brian’s rising medical bills. Even current Giants ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, has also helped in the effort by donating $25,000 of his own money to the Bryan Stow Fund.

I am glad to see so many people come to the aid of a fellow man in a time of need…from the “Average Joe” across the street, to Cy Young Award winning pitchers.

But it is the generous act of Barry Bonds that has caught my attention. That’s because he volunteered to pay for college for Stow’s two children.

Now before all of the Bonds “bashers” want to chime in with smarmy remarks…saying that this is just a publicity stunt in light of his current legal issues…don’t go there.

According to Thomas Girardi, the lawyer for the Stow family, “[Bonds] didn’t say anything about it to the press. This was just a gift he gave the family because he knew that it was going to be pretty important to the kids.”

Trial or no trial, Barry Bonds did not have to give the Stow family one cent. If he were trying to gain “brownie points” in the eyes of the public, this would have been all over the news way before the Stows’ lawyer went public with the information.

Even if Barry Bonds never does another positive thing for anyone else for the rest of his life, no one can change the fact that he will have changed the lives of two kids and an entire family forever…and it is one act that I–and many others–would never have the chance to provide for a stranger.

No one can knock a guy–regardless of what you feel his motivations were–for making a difference…so for that…I say: way to go Barry Bonds.

Do you agree with Shawn? Post your comments below.

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Shawn Muller

Shawn Muller has lived in the great city of Chicago for 7 years. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, in October of 2010, Shawn received his certificate in radio broadcasting. In his free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and 3 year old daughter Ava, catching any live sporting event, and traveling. Check out his radio show, Grab Some Bench with Muller and Bangser” every Thursday night at 8:30 P.M., at Read more of his blogs here.

  • Danny

    Barry Bonds is probably as good a hitter and player as most people have ever seen. This generous gift is a genuine attempt to give back to those that stood by him and his team and his city. I pray mr Stow will make it to see his children graduate.However, Barry Bonds is dispised as much for his demeanor and his aloofness, as for being a cheater. Personally, I believe the Hall of Fame is full of cheaters and men of questionable character. Gaylord Perry springs to mind, as well as Ty Cobb. Barry Bonds great sin is he never connected with fans and the media enough for them to look the other way at his indiscretions. He will always be a player who used all his talents to the best of his abilities, but his legacy will be forever tarnished by the fact he allowed himself to want to be the best no matter what. Even though I believe alot of people belong in the Hall of Fame, like Shoeless Joe, Pete Rose, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Maguire, Roger Clemens and a slew of Histories greats, I will always hold those that vote for the Hall of Fame to blame for all of the great players missing from this very proud ,and also pompous, institution. I also hold every commissioner since Kennesaw Mountain Landis responsible for the banishments that have left at least 2 of the very best to ever play the game with no chance to ever be fully recognized for what they meant to an entire nation. Even felons get a 2nd chance in our society, even if its not much of one. The Guardians of baseball history are people of absolutes. People who quantify everything and leave no piece of pertinent information out of their equations, except what they feel may alter the persuasiveness of the arguement for or against immortality. They don’t consider how the average american feels about their heroes, fallen or not, being immortalized by history. All they see is that they must take a stand for fair play ,decency, and punishment. I see glaring omissions that will always make baseball look as if the American Spirit means nothing to them. We want to forgive our Heroes. We should forgive our heroes. We need to forgive our heroes. If Jesus gives everyone a chance to be forgiven, I believe we as a people should also. I’d vote for Barry and Pete now, but that has never changed.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      You’re an idiot.

  • Rich

    One good deed does not make up for a life of being a complete and total A**wipe!
    Roided up or not Bonds is all about one person, Barry Bonds. Look into his past and then have an opinion. And if he wanted to keep it quiet, and have it “leaked”, I am sure he could. I’m sure any reporter would know that.

  • Denver Deadite

    So, showing he can be a completely decent human being for once off the field makes up for all the other stuff on the field? Is that the point of this rambling?

    “Oh, wow! Bonds did something generous! He should get in the HoF now!”


  • Spoon

    Interesting premise….

    Last week the former Enron management staff donated to the Humane Society, so I guess that makes them saints too.

    How do people this stupid get to write for money?

    • Mark, Sterling

      Normally I like what Shawn has to say, but this one is WAAAAAYYYYYY off the wagon….maybe he FELL of the wagon then decided to write this….it’s like drunk dialing except drunk blogging? Juast sayin…

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