He didn’t admit it in so many words, but here’s what he said to Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding Bonds’ “did you ever get injected by anyone” testimony that formed the basis of the obstruction of justice charge:
Jury foreman Fred Jacob later described the panel’s reaction to that nonsense as: “Come on, you’re just telling stories here. Just say yes or no.”
And here’s Bonds’ testimony before the grand jury regarding being injected by anyone besides team doctors and personal physicians:
Now, you can say that’s a lie (I tend to think it was), but the jury didn’t think so. If they did, they would have and should have convicted him of perjury. But they did not. They instead took the position that Bonds was “telling stories” and not “just saying yes or no.” Except he said no. A straight “no” to a straight question. And yet the jury found this to be obstruction.
This is proof positive that the jury just punted here. They decided to “do justice” rather than follow the evidence. I’m not OK with that. You shouldn’t be either.
This is just . . . ugh.
WSVN-TV in Miami reports that a black bag containing Jose Fernandez’s checkbook and four baseballs signed by him washed ashore on Miami Beach. Probably a bag to keep stuff dry while out on the water.
The bag was given to a lifeguard. Hopefully the bag finds its way back to Fernandez’s family quickly.
The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million contracy extension.
Prado has been highly effective for Miami, hitting .297/.350/.405 over two seasons The Marlins were eager to keep him and many teams were no doubt interested in trying to sign him this winter as he stood pretty darn tall on a pretty weak free agent market. He may very well have done better than the $40 million he’s getting, but a qualifying offer could’ve made the free agency process a bit more drawn out one than he would’ve preferred. And, of course, he seems very happy in Miami, as evidenced by his increasing role as a team leader with the Marlins.
For his career Prado has hit .293/.342/.423 over 11 seasons. He’ll now be locked up through his age-35 campaign.