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4.0 out of 5 stars Not fun to read, but it's not meant to be., June 16, 2006
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This review is from: Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports (Hardcover)
"Game of Shadows" is about...well, KNOW what it's about.

As a baseball fan, I found myself a little sad about the whole thing. So much about the last few years seems kinda bogus. Maris didn't deserve an asterisk. Bonds does, I think.

As a physician, I found myself a little scared. These guys are doing things to their bodies that's gonna kill 'em early, and kill 'em in foul ways. It's sickening to think how their metabolisms have been manipulated to create inhuman athletes; these people are not natural...they were not created by nature. They are artificial. They're Frankenstein's monsters.

As a moral person, I found myself angry. This is cheating, plain and simple, and it's being done in front of the most loyal yet impressionable fans...the kids.

The only problem with the book is the shrill and repetitive Bonds-bashing that gets a little old by the end. It's almost like the authors are really angry with Bonds; you get the sense that their personal feelings and sensibilities were hurt. Listen...I'm with you guys. No way does a basbeball player have not only the best years of his career, but the best years of ANYBODY'S career, after the age of 35, without SOME additional support. But sometimes the tone of the book is like that of a spurned lover out for revenge. A little too vituperative.

But hey...this is an important book. There is no doubt that Bonds' legacy is in question. The question you should have, and the one I surely have, is why hasn't baseball shut this down. Please...they are still punishing Pete Rose, yet this has all happened in front of their noses and they seem to look away. The argument could be made that the public wants the long ball, and this is the way to get it.

I say the public wants to see the game played hard and fair. Cleaning up this business would prove that the baseball administrators really are who they say they are: fans just like us.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2009 8:59:12 AM PDT
David says:
I would like to see more about the book in some reviews here though I've only read a few about this book but I can liken my view and likely the view of at least some others to how they view professional sports. It's like after you get a taste of something really good, anything less just pales in comparison.

I could make a number of different analogies and comparisons. One way to illustrate it is a relationship. If one was in a relationship with someone and this person was just spectacular--virtually perfect. However, what if this person wasn't who they appeared to be. Let's say, to the extreme (I thought of using an example of someone being a fake but thought of something more extreme), everything about them appeared normal, yet they were actually partly artificial--part human, part machine--yet looked like any other person, in the most basic ways, but were anything but basic as they were just everything one would want in a signiciant other.

I had trouble drawing a close parallel in a matter of minutes, but even if that person knew their significant other was partly artificial, it doesn't take away the fact of their personality, their charisma, talents, or looks, but it does likely change one's previous perceptions. Knowing that what you see in that signicant other is an illusion does take away the allure and even if that person may decide to stay with this half person, half machine person, things would never be the same again. Yet on the other hand, anyone other than this person would be less in all ways except for "realness" of course.

This is an extreme example and doesn't tell the other side of the story--the business side of the story and human nature to compete, survive and in the case of competetive people, thrive, but it does partly explain why some of the fans may still watch and in some cases may not stick around. And then there of course are those that refuse to believe there is anything artificial and other shades of grey in between.
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