OK, that’s not exactly what Big Sexy wrote. But in today’s Kansas City Star, while pledging “this column is in no way an attempt to divert attention away from Zack Greinke™s bid for history”, Jason Whitlock insists those free-spending K.C. Royals oughta sign Barry Bonds.
“While virtually every other steroid cheater continues to play the game without incident or much backlash, America™s home-run king is being treated like a heavyweight champion with the audacity to conscientiously object to the Vietnam War.” Or, if you prefer, a really old guy whose pathological behavior may or may not be mitigated by his appeal as a designated hitter.
Barry is serving the second year of what his critics hope is a lifetime banishment from the game that milked his home-run power when it made good business sense and discarded him when it needed a poster child for steroid abuse.
I wish the Royals had the courage to reinstate Bonds. He could help their anemic offense and potentially lift the Royals into the playoffs. Tuesday afternoon I milled around the Royals clubhouse asking players what they thought of Bonds and whether they™d have a problem playing with the all-time great.
Surprisingly, I couldn™t find a Bonds critic inside the clubhouse.
œI™d feel honored to play with him, Royals catcher John Buck said. œYou can™t take away what he™s done in the game.
Billy Butler added: œI wouldn™t have a problem at all. I™d work with him. If he™d help our team win, I think it would be good for our team. Whatever is good for Kansas City.
œI have no problem playing with anybody, said outfielder JosÃ© Guillen, who was briefly in trouble for suspected steroid use. œWhat is the problem with playing with Barry Bonds?
Mike Jacobs and Butler DH and play first base for the Royals. They™re young and under contract. The Royals already have a defensive liability in their outfield, JosÃ© Guillen. Working Bonds into the lineup would be difficult and maybe even a little painful.
It would be worth it. Greinke is bidding for a nice piece of history tonight and the new K will be half full. That would not be the case with Bonds in uniform.
I asked Dayton Moore if Bonds™ baggage would prevent the Royals from signing the slugger.
œNo, he said. œNot for me.
Can Bonds still be a productive player?
œI don™t know, Moore said. œI can™t answer that.
Neither can Whitlock for that matter. But nice work, Jason, for failing to ID any member of the superstar-packed Royals roster willing to pull a Turk Wendell and trash the greatest offensive player of the modern era.