His forehead and jaw were substantially larger. Anybody who had any kind of intelligence or street smarts about them knew Barry was using some serious stuff. Canizaro had firsthand knowledge of the side effects, having used steroids himself while in college at Oklahoma State. Observing from a nearby locker throughout spring training in , Canizaro was almost percent certain Bonds was using steroids and human growth hormone.
Any lingering doubts were eradicated when Canizaro approached Greg Anderson, Bonds' trainer, and asked a simple question: He was fighting for a job against other players who were clearly using.
But then he remembered the acne and the shrunken testicles -- and the time he blacked out while injecting steroids into his rear. Canizaro estimates that as many as a dozen other Giants were taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs. You're in Triple-A, and you think you need that extra boost to make the majors. So you give in and cheat. What was the motivation not to? True, the possession of steroids for nonmedical reasons is a crime under U. But who was busting athletes?
So it's hard to see a motivation for having your players stop using steroids if it's working for them.
Love Me, Hate Me : Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero by Jeff Pearlman (2006, Hardcover)
And in Bonds' case, it seemed to be working. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, the peak age for players with at least career home runs is After 30, a noticeable decline begins. At 35, the decline becomes a steep hill. But here was Bonds, at 35, hitting the ball harder and farther than ever. He started the season on a tear, leading the Giants with an April average of. He could lift weights, play, lift more weights, then arrive early the next morning to pump more iron.
Such are the recuperative powers supplied by steroids. But the body often isn't able to handle the rapid muscle growth. In a mid-April series against the Astros, Bonds began to feel pain in his left elbow. He tried playing and sleeping with a protective rubberized sleeve, but to no avail.
The pain became so bad that Bonds needed someone to rub his arm to dull the sensation before at-bats. On April 20, he underwent surgery for, of all things, a damaged triceps tendon. Bonds missed 60 games in , and he played in only 14 last year due to three surgeries on his right knee. During the five years in between, he hit homers with a. But he also attracted the attention of federal prosecutors and became the most controversial figure in baseball since Pete Rose. In the end, Barry Bonds may be the least likely drug abuser baseball will ever see. With or without another five or six great seasons, he was guaranteed enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Adapted from "Love Me, Hate Me: To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Feb 12, Andrea W rated it it was amazing. Barry Bonds is a fascinating narcissist. And great baseball player! This is one of the best, well researched biographies on an athlete I've read.
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May 12, Ice rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Pearlman, former staff writer with Sports Illustrated and Newsday, delivers a fully realized, if hardly appealing, portrait of baseball slugger Barry Bonds, who has perplexed teammates, fans, and the press for years with sometimes-indifferent play, an almost-joyful cruelty toward seemingly everyone except kids , and a near-total disregard for the rules of the game, if allegations of his use of performance-enhancing drugs are true.
At the same time, Pearlman's Barry Bonds is a man of astonishing Pearlman, former staff writer with Sports Illustrated and Newsday, delivers a fully realized, if hardly appealing, portrait of baseball slugger Barry Bonds, who has perplexed teammates, fans, and the press for years with sometimes-indifferent play, an almost-joyful cruelty toward seemingly everyone except kids , and a near-total disregard for the rules of the game, if allegations of his use of performance-enhancing drugs are true.
At the same time, Pearlman's Barry Bonds is a man of astonishing talent and, on occasion, humanity. Bonds' career is fully traced here--from his pampered boyhood as the son of another gifted but troubled player Bobby Bonds through his successes at Arizona State, through his years as a superstar with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, including his pursuit of Hank Aaron's home-run record. Drug-use allegations aside, it's hard not to boo Barry Bonds for the teammate and man he appears to be, so damning is Pearlman's profile.
Yet the reader is always reminded of Bonds' supreme talent. A highly readable companion to Fainaru-Wada and Williams' recent Game of Shadows, which relates in greater detail Bonds' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. In Love Me, Hate Me, author Jeff Pearlman offers a searing and insightful look into one of the most divisive athletes of our time. Apr 05, Adil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Barry Bonds and the making of an Antihero" is an excellent book written by Jeff Pearlman about the biggest figure in baseball history and probaly biggest cheater of the 20th century.
Instead of just bashing Bonds for lying about using steroids and performance drugs, he interviews both sides: Pearlman does a good job of recapiing what Bonds did in his 20 year and how tremendous it was. He passed both Babe ruth and Hank Aaron in home runs with over big flys! It's interesting to see Bond's true character through indirect characterization. His family is obviously on his side saying how he's a good father and legimate baseball legend. On the other side critics like me are saying how Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron hit thieir home runs fairly without the help of some magic pills.
C'mon Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron are baseball's best homerun hitters and yet they're being overshadowed by a guy whose home runs are tainted.
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Despite all criticism, I have to give Bonds some props for fighting out there and staying so perservearant. I would't be able to last that long in the baseball diamond with all that criticism and pressure. Pitchers were trying to take him out as he approached Ruth's record. He was lucky to make it out of the league injury free. Through the media we see Bond as a despicable selfish cheater who had nothing better to do than tarnish the game of baseball and step over true legends.
In this book this is not the case because we see how his fan base changed from when he was in the world series against the Angels to when the news first broke out about the BALCO steroid scandal. Fans used to be on his side cheering for him, but now they're also criticizing him and calling him a cheater. Pearlman does a good job of portraying Bonds as a falling star with no safety net and a low chance of getting in the hall of fame. This is a great book regardless of your opinion of bonds because it's so unbiased and sheds a new light on the Bonds saga.
The title fits the book perfectly because it's your choice of how to judge Bonds' character. Is he a self-centered selfish atlethe or a falling star caught up in wrongful criticism. The only people I recommend this book to is to people with previous knowledge of Bonds. Aug 23, Max Anadon rated it liked it. Well I'm one of the multitude of Barry bashers. It's clear he used PEDs It's a sad story, and it's impossible for me to understand the world of a superstar like Barry and what life is like in an egocentric world like his.
If I did not vote for him for the HOF, it would be out of spite Incredible athelete without PEDs, but from this story, he seems to lack quite a bit in the compassion, understanding, and humane departme Well I'm one of the multitude of Barry bashers. Incredible athelete without PEDs, but from this story, he seems to lack quite a bit in the compassion, understanding, and humane departments.
What did I learn? At the time, I enjoyed reading about the fall of someone else, especially someone who seems to be not nice I wish I could say I read it to learn an example of what I don't want for myself or my family, but it was for shallow, petty amusement. Hopefully I won't do this again. Now I would say there are so many books worth more of your time. A very interesting and intriguing look at baseball's Public Enemy 1. The facts and sources that go into this book are great, the author really took his time to make sure everything was accurate.
It really paints a picture of what kind of guy Barry Bonds is and where the source of his "attitude" comes from. The author takes an un-biased view on the man and tries to point out the positive moments but by the end you learn that those positive moments are not very genuine and Barry Bonds really is a A very interesting and intriguing look at baseball's Public Enemy 1.
The author takes an un-biased view on the man and tries to point out the positive moments but by the end you learn that those positive moments are not very genuine and Barry Bonds really is a steroid using jerk. Oct 18, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Barry Bonds is an enigma - self-absorbed, highly sensitive, ridiculously talented.
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I wonder what he really thinks when he goes to bed at night - is he a victim of fame and circumstance? Is he as clueless of his own responsibility as he seems? How does he reconcile his legitimate, true talent with the steroid-driven quest for the home run record?
Good story, but makes me wonder if we will ever see the real end of it. Dec 09, Benn rated it really liked it. Bonds doesn't come across well in this book, he seems to be despised by teammates and the media, and as for the Hall of Fame debate, I expect that to rage on for a long time. No doubt the guy was a talented ballplayer whether he was clean or not, I guess only one person knows the truth and he ain't talking.
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Barry Bonds has a split personality and the author mixed the media view with friends and teammates view. In doing so he managed to show the good side and the bad side of him. Without these drugs, he still would be a top player and now he has ruined his standing. This book does not completely answer the question of what makes Barry tick but it definitely helps fans understand where he is coming from better than they would otherwise. I really liked the details about his life growing up and al l the personal sources the author used. It is definitely a must read for any baseball fan.
Love Me, Hate Me: In his twenty-year career, Bonds has amassed an unprecedented seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves, and more than seven hundred home runs, an impressive assortment of feats that has earned him consideration as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
Equally deserved, however, is his reputation as an insufferable braggart, whose mythical home runs are rivaled only by his legendary ego. From his staggering ability and fabled pedigree father Bobby played outfield for the Giants; cousin Reggie Jackson and godfather Willie Mays are both Hall of Famers to his well-documented run-ins with teammates and the persistent allegations of steroid use, Bonds inspires a like amount of passion from both sides of the fence.
For many, Bonds belongs beside Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in baseball's holy trinity; for others, he embodies all that is wrong with the modern athlete: In Love Me, Hate Me, author Jeff Pearlman offers a searing and insightful look into one of the most divisive athletes of our time.