I was reading about Sports Illustrated’s (note reading ABOUT, not reading—does anybody actually read Sports Illustrated anymore, let alone pay for the pleasure?) 100 hottest players of all-time (or whatever their latest ‘all-time’ fantasy BS is about) on espn.com this afternoon. ESPN was up in arms that neither Satchel or Clemente was on the list, but had no problem at all with Barry f’n Bonds being omitted; they even allowed some SI goon to freely state that it had NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THE STEROID ALLEGATIONS (or the reporters they gave outlet to being in jail, etc.).
Listen fellas, I’ma gonna say something that you are not going to like...Barry Bonds is better than Mickey Mantle, he’s better than Stan the Man, better than Hank Aaron. Really. The only guy that should ever (and by ever I mean still never) bump Barry off of an all-time list is Albert Belle...just kidding...is maybe the Bambino. Maybe. And that’s ‘cause he pitched.
Any 'all-time' list without Barry is like the ALDS without a latently homosexual Jeter-comment from Tim McCarver; satisfying for some, but just not right.http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/061011