Barry Bonds says he belongs in the Hall of Fame, happy Roger Clemens was acquitted
Barry Bonds has never been one to shy away from this thoughts and opinions. Bonds sat down with MLB.com five years after hitting home run number 756. His comments still remain explosive as his sweet swing. Barry still has strong opinions on the night he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
“No one will ever take that away. No one can ever take that away,” Bonds said that night.
That was the last year Barry Bonds would play baseball, as the Giants declined to bring him back. Bonds was tried in federal court in 2011 for perjury about his alleged performance-enhancing drug use and was found guilty on one count of obstruction of justice, which he is fighting on appeal. Barry was asked about that last year and if he thought it was fair how it ended.
No, I don’t think my career should have ended that way. I will never agree with that at all. But at the same token, I had a great 22 years. Would I have liked things to have been different? Sure, I would have loved them to be different. On one side of it, I’m disappointed. I should have been able to play one more year.
When asked if he thinks he belongs in the Hall of Fame Barry said:
“Oh, without a doubt. There’s not a doubt in my mind.”
Barry was asked about Roger Clemens and the trial:
“I was overwhelmed with happiness for Roger. Very happy. Roger is a great athlete and a great pitcher. I think Roger Clemens is telling the truth, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. He’s acquitted. Now everyone leave him alone, let him be. He went through the system just as I did and he deserves respect and forgiveness and move on. We have sacrificed our lives and bodies for this game. We have beat our bodies up for something that we love to do. OK? They accused him. They accuse whoever. Who cares? He was acquitted. He deserves the same rights everyone else does. And he deserves the same respect he’s always had. I love him. He was one of the greatest pitchers I’ve ever faced. He’s always been a good friend of mine. I will go to the end of the earth for that man.“