CNNSI has just released an exclusive report that will appear in the March 13 edition of Sports Illustrated that Barry Bonds has used steroids since the 1998 season over jealousy towards the attention given to Mark McGwire.
The authors describe how Bonds turned to steroids after the 1998 season because he was jealous of McGwire. Bonds hit 37 home runs in ’98 — a nice total and the fourth most of his career at that point — but he was ignored by fans and the media who were captivated by McGwire’s 70 home runs and his duel for the record with Sammy Sosa, who hit 66 that year.
Depending on the substance, Bonds used the drugs in virtually every conceivable form: injecting himself with a syringe or being injected by his trainer, Greg Anderson, swallowing pills, placing drops of liquid under his tongue, and, in the case of BALCO’s notorious testosterone-based cream, applying it topically.
Bonds would not comment on the book that will be released in which SI gathered this information. What does this do to the Bonds legacy? And how will the public view him as he approaches Ruth and Aaron? Does this damage Bonds as much as the proven test does to Palmeiro?