Lest I create a panic among financiers, note the “s” on “Bonds.” There is no market for Barry Bonds. Or for Roger Clemens. Spring training is days away, but Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens twiddle their sizeable thumbs at home. Free agents both, there are no takers for these two baseball players who hold a slew of MVP and Cy Young awards. The age factor (43 and 45 respectively) offers some explanation for their lying fallow. But, major league sports have never let such superficialities get in the way of crowd-draws. The indictment of one and the embarrassing Congressional testimony of the other have turned these two players into untouchables. Professional sports may have finally reached its “ick” level. The Bondsâ€™ and Clemensâ€™ responses to and denials of allegations about their steroid use are right up there with the classic grammar school safety net, “The dog ate my homework.” In fact, the story of these two men should be a bedtime fable for every grammar school child in America, with the following lessons:
- Always play by the rules.
- There are no shortcuts to success.
- If you have made a mistake, say you have made a mistake. We really do forgive folks who admit their mistakes, apologize, make things whole, and donâ€™t repeat those mistakes. Think Andy Pettitte.
- Truth percolates. Truth is a natural force that just wants a way out and onto the surface. The longer we fight truth, the worse the fallout and consequences.
The mightiest of players have been struck out of their game.