Barry Bonds is considered one of the “bad guys” of baseball, which seems to have been the case for his entire career and now for his post-career, as well, because of the (likely true) steroid allegations.
Personally, I’ve always appreciated Barry Bonds as a player. Growing up in a rough neighborhood like I did, his attitude to the “haters” resonated with me.
Then you talk about his swing – it was as close to flawless as you’re gonna get. Drug-fueled or not, every at-bat was an event in his later years.
I marveled at his plate-discipline and his incredible eye for the strike-zone. And when he did get a strike… WHAM! That bat would rocket through the strike-zone with lightning speed and send the ball sailing out of Pac Bell Park (now called AT&T Park).
This painting captures the strength and balance of his swing as he follows through and watches another ball go sailing into the stratosphere.
Love him or hate him, he was a force to be reckoned with.