I do not normally read this sort of stuff, but I cannot wait to read “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports” by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. The book is due out March 27; I plan to preorder from Amazon later this weekend. I normally shy away from this sort of stuff, which is one of the main reasons I stopped subscribing to SI – I just do not care for all the negative print on athletes.
For some reason this book is actually different. I actually want to see how and why Bonds started juicing (assuming the authors are actually correct with their assertions). It is bad enough that the steroids era in baseball has messed up many a record, but Bonds was actually good before he started with the cream. Players like Fred McGriff (.284AVG, 493HR, 2490H), Dale Murphy (.265AVG, 398HR, 2111H), and Jim Rice (.298AVG, 382HR, 2452H) look damn impressive compared to todays artificial players. Being a huge fan of Murphy, I demand he start getting some serious Hall of Fame consideration because no way, no how, did Murphy ever juice.