The latest in the Other Barry’s legal saga ended yesterday. Was it a waste of money? Probably. But unlike a lot of people, I think since Bonds used PEDs (does anyone really dispute that?) he should face legal consequences. Why? I have people in my family who have been competitive cyclists and really into watching the pros. Let’s just say it’s one of the dirtiest sports around. Everyone is taking performance enhancing drugs and it’s not much of a secret. These days, cycling isn’t really fun to follow. As baseball fans, I think we should do everything in our power to make sure that baseball doesn’t revert to “steroid era” or beyond.
That leaves the argument that the sport should be dealing with it, not the government. I get that, but I disagree. I think a sport that is very prominent in a country impacts that country. So if you have to cheat to compete in the sport, I think that has a profound impact on a culture. I don’t think this is a witch hunt with Bonds, nor do I think it’s unfair. If he cheated, he deserves to face a sentence as decided by a court of law.
Moving on, The Franchise (yep, I’ve gotten over calling it the Desperate Ballplayers of San Fran) had a half-hour preview that aired last night. (You can watch it here.) Weird programming, to air it at the same time as a game, with an off-day the next day. I guess in the DVR era that isn’t important? It was strange. I didn’t know Bruce Bochy smokes. And Marc Kroon is interesting but the obsession…? And I hate watching people work out, so Pablo and Andres? That was painful. And why were there so many shots of players talking while driving? I mean, that’s really strange not to mention really dangerous. I’m not a reality TV aficionado, so help me out here. Are driving shots common? And the way Posey/Bumgarner/Belt interact with Wilson cracks me up to no end. Different stratospheres, it seems. Mostly, I thought their choice of storylines was strange. I do think Freddy Sanchez is underrepresented and his story is sweet, it just seemed a little random. And Zito’s riffs were really non-descript. Not blown away by his musical skills, yet. But I’ll admit that I cried when Brandon Belt got The News and I thought how Bochy/Evans delivered the news to him and Kroon was interesting. Though am staying the eternal skeptic. They may have just done that for the cameras. I guess the real premiere isn’t for a long time, so we have many lonely weeks of watching and cradling this half hour gem. Or just watchin’ some actual baseball. I vote for that.