When I was a teenager my favorite baseball player was Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves. Yes, I now know that he was a Mormon and what his belief system is. He wasn’t my favorite theologian, just my favorite ballplayer. Now Dale Murphy has said what needs to be said about Barry Bonds and the homerun record. Because I love baseball so much, the current situation pains me. I would love to be able to celebrate this historic moment in America’s pastime, but I can’t because of all the controversy related to it. Murphy, who was the NL MVP in 1982 and 1983, said on a radio talk show on Monday that Bonds is a “terrible example for our kids.”
Barry’s a great player, there’s no question about it, but he put an asterisk by his name on his own. He’s deserved all the negative publicity that he’s getting. I mean, people are calling up and complaining, I’ve heard the last few weeks, that that he’s being treated unfairly. You know, life just usually isn’t like that. You don’t usually get treated unfairly. You usually get what you deserve. This is what Barry deserves. He’s a hard guy to like. He’s a hard teammate to have and, you know, he’s set a terrible example for our kids.
Further Murphy said that Aaron could have hit 855 homeruns if he had the same unfair advantage which Bonds has had.
Even in a court of law you can have … a preponderance of circumstantial evidence to convict somebody. Now, maybe I’m wrong, but when you get enough stuff on a guy, you can make a decision and it’s just really a no-brainer. The guy would have become one of the great ones, anyway. … But now, he sucked the fun and the life right out of it. I mean, there is enough evidence to me to say without a doubt he used performance-enhancing drugs. He hit 73 home runs when he was 37. I mean, Hank would have hit 855 if he had the same advantage.
Well said Mr. Murphy! Read the complete story at the website of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.