Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Rocking Chair Bound

He's got his sights on Babe Ruth's 714-homer mark, but Barry Bonds admits that since he's on the wrong side of 40, he'll retire, in his exact words, "pretty soon." Bonds has often been resented by fans and press alike for being surly, disagreeable and self-absorbed, but as he readies to close out his career he has polished his image by agreeing to play for the USA team in the World Baseball Classic games in March. If all he wants to do is clean up his reputation, he needn't have bothered at this late stage. Fans already know all too well that underneath, Barry Bonds is nothing if not one big ... er ... athletic supporter.