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					  Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and
   the Making of an Antihero by Jeff
              Pearlman


                             I Cant Do This Anymore


 No player in the history of baseball has left such an indelible mark on the
game as San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. In his twenty -year
career, Bonds has amassed an unprecedented seven MVP awards, eight
Gold Gloves, and more than seven hundred home runs, an impressive
assortment of feats that has earned him consideration as one of the
greatest players the game has ever seen. Equally deserved, however, is
his reputation as an insufferable braggart, whose mythical home runs are
rivaled only by his legendary ego. From his staggering ability and fabled
pedigree (father Bobby played outfield for the Giants; cousin Reggie
Jackson and godfather Willie Mays are both Hall of Famers) to his well-
documented run-ins with teammates and the persistent allegations of
steroid use, Bonds inspires a like amount of passion from both sides of the
fence. For many, Bonds belongs beside Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in
baseballs holy trinity; for others, he embodies all that is wrong with th e
modern athlete: aloof; arrogant; alienated.

  In Love Me, Hate Me, author Jeff Pearlman offers a searing and insightful
look into one of the most divisive athletes of our time. Drawing on more
than five hundred interviews -- with former and current teammates,
opponents, managers, trainers, friends, and outspoken critics and
unapologetic supporters alike -- Pearlman reveals, for the first time, a
wonderfully nuanced portrait of a prodigiously talented and immensely
flawed American icon whose controversial run at baseball immortality
forever changed the way we look at our sports heroes.



Once, 2 years before he quit playing, Bonds made the statement that all
the strain of making 16 million a year for playing a game was just too
much. I imagine Barry did have difficulty following in the paths of ear lier
family members who also played the sport. Bonds never diunderstood,
like a few that play today, is that you cannot treat people like insignificants
and expect them to like you. A book written by Gary Sheffield documents
almost everything the author writes about Bonds. Barry is the kind of
player, according to Perleman, that when something good happens--like
hitting a home run- the world is just barely tolerable. Now, if a call strike
occurs on Bonds, this only cements the belief. Bonds insis ts he did not
take steroids, but the entire world (well almost) knows he did. In his
contempt, Barry insisted that everything be his way or no way at all. There
are just so many books written about this guy, but give credit. Forging this
terrible attitude that Bonds must have, in part at least, was his baseball
coach at Arizona State. He permitted Barry to be treated better than
anyone, hence, the I am perfect mold began to form. Bonds did have a
few bad moments in his career, as Perleman notes in his story of the
World Series of the Angels and Giants in 2002 when Bonds literally falls on
his face trying to field an outfield hit and ensuing error cost his team the
game. What I beleive most will get out of this book is that Bonds had
contempt for everyone from Babe Ruth to the worst rookie in pro ball.
Bonds would have you believe he did not care about anything while
playing the game or driving his car. He seems to possess disdain for a
sport for racism ( but which paid him so much) as he when he r eferernced
that a black man could not get away with the special previlegdes that
Roger Clemens had with the Astros. But like all that he was I believe most
of this was put on. What Barry Bonds was good at was tremendous eye
hand coordination and the ability to pick what the opposing pitching was
going to throw. In balls going 90-95mph or knowing a curve is coming
beforehand trumps everything for a hitter. In one story, Perleman
mentions how he teaches HOF manager Dusty Baker how well he reads a
pitcher, predicting 6 consecutive pitches while Baker watches in
amazement. Reading this book might remind you of a few guys who came
before Barry: Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby just to name two. Tremendous
talent with terrible attitudes. This book is much more than about baseball.
Highly recommended because Perleman does such an excellent job of
following a career which indeed must have been very difficult. guyairey

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