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13 May 2006

On Barry Bonds heading to Philly last month

April 27-May 3, 2006

Bailing on Bonds
by Brian Hickey

When Major League Baseball Steroid King Barry Bonds hits town for his only visit of the season next Friday, there's a just-a-bit-outside chance he could pass Babe Ruth for second on the all-time home-run list before he leaves. This, readers, is the justification I opted to employ when a college friend called the other day asking if I could give his new book about Bonds a shout-out.
Now, I haven't read it cover-to-cover yet; it sat on the coffee table most of the weekend since I finally caved in and did some lawn work. But, from what I know of Jeff Pearlman—he was the boss of me at the University of Delaware Review back in the early '90s when we'd often get called to the dean of students' office for talkings-to— Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero (HarperCollins) deserves the buzz that had him waiting to give his 40th radio interview of the past week when we caught up via cell phone Monday.
Some background for sports haters: Bonds, MLB's reigning slugger, passed the single-season record by slugging 73 homers a few seasons back. (A big deal.) This season, should his crumbling body hold up, he could make a run at Hank Aaron's all-time career record. (A very big deal.)
He's also a blatant cheater.
And a royal prick.

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