Greg Anderson, the former personal trainer for Barry Bonds and a convicted felon, is serving as an assistant coach for the Capitol Electric team in the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times.
Anderson is accused of supplying steroids and injecting them into Bonds and other athletes and he plead guilty six years ago to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering, but that hasn’t prevented him from getting the chance to work with 11- and 12-year-old boys hopeful of becoming big leaguers themselves someday.
The parents of the boys appear split on whether Anderson should be allowed to continue. He was allowed to resume his role even after missing four weeks while he was in prison in March and April for again refusing to testify against Bonds during his trial.
“Oh, he gets the players in shape and is the most knowledgeable coach my son ever had,” Tim Gannon, a real estate broker, told the Times. “Some parents have a problem with him being a coach, but it’s not like he was caught stealing or did some bad things with children. But, yes, it’s still bad, and I explained that to my son.”
Anderson, who was caught up to by writer Juliet Macur as he was putting baseball equipment into his car (license plate W8 GURU) after a game, refused to be interviewed for the story.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.