For years, Barry Bonds had scorn heaped upon him. It was unfair. Sure, he did some things we now consider to be transgressions and to the extent his credibility as a ballplayer is now besmirched, he brought it on himself. But the suggestion that he was somehow worse than hundreds if not thousands of other ballplayers who did exactly the same thing was always overwrought. He was a product of his times, not some singularly bad actor. And his bad acts were so harshly criticized that, to this day, no one has been able to properly contextualize his accomplishments or appreciate them in an appropriate manner.
But that wasn’t just bad because it caused us to overlook the greatness that was Barry Bonds. It has now caused us to ignore his real, serious transgressions. To turn a blind eye when confronted with something truly horrible:
This is baseball’s Boy Who Cried Wolf moment. And we all ignore the cries.
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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”