I noticed the following yesterday in the day in history sidebar:
February 1: Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract - $4.7 milBarry Bonds. Perhaps one of the saddest stories in recent baseball history. He was arguably one of the greatest ballplayers in recent (or longer) memory. He was seen as remarkable. He had the opportunity to be part of the resurgence of baseball in the 90s. In the end, he blew it. He seems to have started out non-enhanced.
But then along came Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. They stole his thunder. They hit those amazing home runs. Bonds apparently didn't like it. He was the greatest. Not these guys. So he may have joined them in their performance enhancing activities. And when the house fell apart, he fell with it.
Next year Bonds (along with Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa) becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame voters will have another dilemma on their hands.