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Barry Bonds “Proud” of Mark McGwire for Admitting PED Use

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By Bryan Cross

All-time career home run champ Barry Bonds made his first public comments on Mark McGwire and his admitted use of performance enhancing drugs, saying that he is “proud” of the current Cardinals hitting coach for coming forth.

“I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I’m proud of him,” Bonds remarked. “We’ve had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I’m proud of what he did. I’m happy for him.”

Several months ago, McGwire came out admitting to his performance enhancing past, following years of repeated denial that stretched from St. Louis to Capitol Hill, in the infamous congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball back in 2005.

His admission included his historic 1998 season, in which he broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record when he tabbed an astounding 70.  That record stood until Bonds went on a tear in 2001 and hit 73, which is the current record.

In 2003, Bonds was indicted on charges for failing to tell the truth to a federal grand jury during a probe into the company BALCO over performance enhancing drugs.

McGwire was informed of the comments made by Bonds while the Cardinals were on a road trip playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

“It’s very cool. Barry is a great player, was a great player in this game, many MVPs,” McGwire said of Bonds’ comments. “The guy could do it all. It makes me feel really good. It’s really cool to be back in the game. … I’m a big boy, I understand that things happen in your life and you’ve got to confront them, and you also have to move on from them and learn from them.”

The current perjury case against Bonds remains open, with a ruling yet to be determined.  The home-run-king remains indicted, with a trail date to commence in the future.

Bonds is not on any Major League roster, and has not retired from the game, keeping his future options open.

“I don’t have any plans at all,” Bonds remarked of his future. “No, it’s not necessary at the moment [to retire]. The timing isn’t that important.”

Bonds was at the home park of the Giants for a reunion of the 2000 NL West Champion team, and said he was down in weight from 238lbs to 225lbs, and felt in great shape.

“I’ve just been working out a lot, that’s all. I work out all the time,” Bonds remarked. “It’s been in my genes my whole life. I just don’t work out as hard anymore. I don’t lift as heavy weights anymore to be bulky. I don’t know, I’ve got that Hollywood look.”

“It goes by quick. The sports world eventually comes to an end,” Bonds said. “Your body can only do so much. Just be grateful for the time you have. I’m very grateful. … I’m thankful.”

As for this season, McGwire and the Cardinals are top contender for the 2010 World Series on Online Sportsbooks, sporting odds of 12/1, which is second-best in the national league behind only Philadelphia.

All-time career home run champ Barry Bonds made his first public comments on Mark McGwire and his admitted use of performance enhancing drugs, saying that he is “proud” of the current Cardinals hitting coach for coming forth.

“I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I’m proud of him,” Bonds remarked. “We’ve had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I’m proud of what he did. I’m happy for him.”

Several months ago, McGwire came out admitting to his performance enhancing past, following years of repeated denial that stretched from St. Louis to Capitol Hill, in the infamous congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball back in 2005.

His admission included his historic 1998 season, in which he broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record when he tabbed an astounding 70.  That record stood until Bonds went on a tear in 2001 and hit 73, which is the current record.

In 2003, Bonds was indicted on charges for failing to tell the truth to a federal grand jury during a probe into the company BALCO over performance enhancing drugs.

McGwire was informed of the comments made by Bonds while the Cardinals were on a road trip playing the Milwaukee Brewers.

“It’s very cool. Barry is a great player, was a great player in this game, many MVPs,” McGwire said of Bonds’ comments. “The guy could do it all. It makes me feel really good. It’s really cool to be back in the game. … I’m a big boy, I understand that things happen in your life and you’ve got to confront them, and you also have to move on from them and learn from them.”

The current perjury case against Bonds remains open, with a ruling yet to be determined.  The home-run-king remains indicted, with a trail date to commence in the future.

Bonds is not on any Major League roster, and has not retired from the game, keeping his future options open.

“I don’t have any plans at all,” Bonds remarked of his future. “No, it’s not necessary at the moment [to retire]. The timing isn’t that important.”

Bonds was at the home park of the Giants for a reunion of the 2000 NL West Champion team, and said he was down in weight from 238lbs to 225lbs, and felt in great shape.

“I’ve just been working out a lot, that’s all. I work out all the time,” Bonds remarked. “It’s been in my genes my whole life. I just don’t work out as hard anymore. I don’t lift as heavy weights anymore to be bulky. I don’t know, I’ve got that Hollywood look.”

“It goes by quick. The sports world eventually comes to an end,” Bonds said. “Your body can only do so much. Just be grateful for the time you have. I’m very grateful. … I’m thankful.”

As for this season, McGwire and the Cardinals are top contender for the 2010 World Series on Online Sportsbooks, sporting odds of 12/1, which is second-best in the national league behind only Philadelphia.