04.29.09

Whitlock : The Sultan Of Surly Is The New Ali

Posted in Baseball at 11:03 am by

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 José 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, José 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.

3 Responses to “Whitlock : The Sultan Of Surly Is The New Ali”

  1. Ben Schwartz says:

    Does Whitlock really think he can get BB a job or is just angling for the Sultan’s authorized bio tell-all book that’ll come one day? Can’t say I blame him, altho I’m genuinely more sympathetic to Bonds than most. BB was never my most hated baseball.

  2. GC says:

    i would’ve thought Whitlock would take a back set to Barry M. Bloom on the biographer gig.

  3. Kris Gillespie says:

    Now that Carl Petersen is gone, I can truly say Whitlock is the worst thing about sports in Kansas City. At least he didn’t suggest that the Royals should sign his ol’ pal Jeff George.

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