Barry Bonds and the Unforgiveness of Trespasses
Barry Bonds, the legendary and infamous baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, is "very sad" about his potential omission from the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame.
The writers that choose the players who gain admission to the Hall of Fame say they are concerned with Bonds' involvement with the BALCO scandal.
The BALCO scandal involved the use of banned, performance-enhancing substances by professional athletes. BALCO is named after the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a San Francisco business accused of supplying anabolic steriods to Major Leage Baseball plaers. The U.S. government investigated the laboratory in 2002.
Recently, Bonds contritely asked to be forgiven of his trespasses, saying bygones should be bygones.
Will those self-righteous writers of baseball accept any act of apology by Bonds? Likely, no.
Bonds told Barry Bloom of MLB.com: "I don't even know how to explain it. The world has become so negative."
"One day, I'll be able to say things the right way. But it's tough when you have so many people out there who don't want to turn the page and want to be angry at you forever. I don't understand why it continues on. What am I doing wrong?"
"I can sit here and say, 'You know what? Baseball is great. I love it.' I can sit here and say in a very kind way that I'm sorry about the way things ended. I can sit here and say that I respect the Hall of Fame, which I do. But I don't understand all the controversy we're having about it. For what reason? What's there to be gained by all of this? What's the point?"
"I do really care, I may say I don't, but I do really care. I've been through a lot in my life so not too many things bother me. Making the Hall of Fame, would it be something that's gratifying because of what I've sacrificed? Sure. Baseball has been a big part of our lives. We've sacrificed our bodies. It's the way we made our living."
Sadly, for those writers and those fans who will not truly forgive Barry Bonds of his trespasses, they themselves will remain unforgiven of their trespasses. Matthew 6:15 - "If ye may not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."