[Ed. – No simple answer to this one, either: Barack Obama, two-term president?]
Here’s the vision I can’t get out of my head:
Barry Bonds at the podium in Cooperstown, making his Hall of Fame speech as if nothing ever happened.
I would cringe. I know some of the Hall of Famers would cringe. And I imagine a good number of fans would cringe, too.
Does that mean I am dead set against voting for Bonds? Nope. In 2012, Bonds’ first year on the ballot, I wrote that I was wavering on whether to vote for confirmed users of performance-enhancing drugs or even certain alleged users. I’m still wavering, to be honest. The issue is complex and personal to each voter, much more gray than the increasingly shrill red-state/blue-state rhetoric would have you believe.
Bonds, 49, took a major step Monday, returning to baseball for the first time since 2007 to begin a weeklong stint as a special hitting instructor with the Giants.
Naturally, a reporter asked him if he belonged in the Hall. Naturally, Bonds did not hesitate with his answer.
“Without a doubt,” he said.