Barry Bonds: “I do really care” about the hall of fame

"I do really care," Bonds said. "I may say I don't, but I do really care. I've been through a lot in my life so not too many things bother me. Making the Hall of Fame, would it be something that's gratifying because of what I've sacrificed? Sure. Baseball has been a big part of our lives. We've sacrificed our bodies. It's the way we made our living."

"I don't even know how to explain it. The world has become so negative," Bonds said. "One day, I'll be able to say things the right way. But it's tough when you have so many people out there who don't want to turn the page and want to be angry at you forever. I don't understand why it continues on. What am I doing wrong?

"I can sit here and say, 'You know what? Baseball is great. I love it.' I can sit here and say in a very kind way that I'm sorry about the way things ended. I can sit here and say that I respect the Hall of Fame, which I do. But I don't understand all the controversy we're having about it. For what reason? What's there to be gained by all of this? What's the point?" — Barry Bonds

There are no reasons. There is nothing to be gained and there is no point. Barry Bonds was arguably the greatest player who ever played this game and it's a damn shame he'll be left off enough ballots to keep him out of the Hall of Fame. He was a Hall of Famer before he took steroids, during it and after. If there's no place for the likes of Bonds and Rogers Clemens in a baseball shrine, there is little point to that place's existence. If it can't honor and recognize the very best players, it's not doing its job. It has failed.

Baseball has a dark past. There's no reason to hide it. Barry Bonds most certainly took steroids. Cap Anson was largely responsible for MLB's color barrier that lasted until 1947. Cap Anson is in the Hall of Fame because he hit .334/.394/.447 and had a carrer 91.1 rWAR. He should be in the Hall of Fame. He was a great player and a shitty fucking human being. He was at least in part responsible for diluting the talent in baseball for over half a century. He helped make baseball less talented and yet he still belongs in the Hall of Fame.

If there's room for a racist motherfucker like Anson in Cooperstown, there is room for the people who took performance enhancing drugs to provide the game with more talent. These guys did the opposite of what Anson did. He sought to minimize the talent in baseball. The PED era sought to maximize it.