Re: No asterisk necessary
I'd maybe buy that if anyone was using in baseball back then, or if he started out weiging 115 lbs, or if his head grew to 3X it's original size, etc, etc...It's funny that people are also ignoring all the players who played with him who flat out came out and said "Yes, it's obvious Barry started taking steroids".
Look, the bottom line is that only a very tiny percentage of people actually hold on to the hope that somehow Bonds just skipped a process that normally takes a million years and genetically mutated spontaneously or whatever fantastical excuse they have for what happened to him, but the rest of are just calling an ace an ace. The dude juiced, he artificially extended his career, and he set a record he would otherwise not been able to obtain. It's tainted by the majority of popular opinion, and that can't be debated.
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