NEW YORK, NY — While most sportswriters have believed even before the BALCO hearings that Barry Bonds used steroids, they had a hard time proving it to fans. That may change with the release of the book, Game of Shadows : Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports, by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. The book, to be released on March 27, purports to precisely detail Bonds’ steroid regimen.
Besides illegally obtained BALCO testimony, Game of Shadows compiles its proof using unidentified sources as well as extensive interviews with scorned former mistress Kimberly Bell, who is set to publish her own tell-all tome. Neither Bonds nor the Giants were willing to comment on the book, with Bonds’ attorney, Michael Rains, issuing a statement that the book contains the same information revealed in the authors’ 2004 series of articles, published after they obtained the BALCO testimony.
“The exploitation of Barry’s good name and these attempts to eviscerate his sensational accomplishments in all phases of the game of baseball (throughout high school and college, as well as 20 years playing professionally) may make those responsible wealthy,” Rains said. “But in the end, they need to live with themselves.” Next for the authors: an exposÃ© of co-worker Ray Ratto’s all-donut diet.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig plans to meet with Bonds regarding the allegations, and Strikethree.com sources say that if Bonds verifies the ugly truth, Selig plans to scowl openly.