First off, i'll say that I am a HUGE Giants fan. I've been bleeding orange and black since I was 12 so i've been there through the good times and the bad times.
Now on with the rant...
Last night, the Giants played and beat the L.A. Dodgers to start the second half of the season on a winning note. But instead of congratulating his teammates or even just stopping by to say hi, Barry decided to watch the game from the comfort of his own Southern California home. This shit plain blows! I mean c'mon. This team is paying you $22 Million just to sit on your ASS and the least you could do is to stop by the stadium...WHICH IS JUST 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM YOUR FREAKIN' HOUSE!!!
Bottom line is this. Barry's turning 41 this month and all he is now is dead weight. I have nothing but respect for this guy, but I think the Giants are better off without him. Can the Giants sell the same number of tickets without Bonds in their roster? HELL NO. Will this give them a chance to rebuild the team? Possibly. The Giants right now are in the middle of crunch time. The trade deadline is just around the corner, and the only guys that they've brought in are LaTroy Hawkins and Alex Sanchez. Sanchez?!?!? You mean the guy who caused the team the series against the Cardinals? Yep. The same sanchez who didn't catch the 2 flyballs hit to shallow center field that resulted to 2 runs? Yep.
If the Giants do trade Barry to another team, this will give the younger guys a chance to shine and perhaps bring in 2 or 3 quality players to add to their pitching staff and maybe thier hitting rotation. But unfortunately, because of Barry's injury and the fact that he's not getting any younger, he's trade value has gone down...exponentially. 2 Years ago, he was the sporting industry's biggest steal. Today, he's just another aging player in a team that's starting to get desparate. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Barry break the Babe's and Aaron's Homerun records. But I think as a true Giants fan, i'd rather see him do it elsewhere. If he does come back (which I HIGHLY DOUBT), he won't even be an everyday guy. And the fan who bought field tickets to see him play will feel robbed because he didn't even see Barry play.
Bonds is a great player, probably the best baseball player to ever play the game. But I think it's time to cut the chord while it's still fresh. The Giants need to start winning games, and I don't think Bonds is the answer that they're looking for.
Just my thoughts...
OK, now I can breathe better.