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Why not Barry Bonds?
 
He is a jerk.
 
He is a juicer.
 
He is a bad “team” guy.
 
OK, besides all that, why not Barry Bonds?
 
The Cardinals find themselves in a precarious position. The Birds are smack dab in the middle of a playoff run that nobody saw coming, their offense has become painfully stagnant, and the Cubs and the Brewers just acquired top of the line pitchers in hopes of pulling away from the pack. 
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
I don’t like him either, but if you really think about it, he could be the answer. The organization has made it clear that they have no intentions of mortgaging the future by trading away top prospects for a short-term fix. There really isn’t anybody on the current roster you can trade in return for a player that will improve your team. The offense is clearly in desperate need of a pick-me-up.
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
It almost makes sense. Acquiring Bonds, doesn’t require the forfeiture of any future Cardinals. The Bird’s brass has repeatedly said that the money is there for a player that will improve the team.   There is no doubt he provides a serious and dangerous presence behind Albert Pujols. Doesn’t that help your team?
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
I get it. The guy is one of the most unlikable people on Earth. Who cares?  Baseball’s history is full of Grade-A Jerks. Bonds might even lead the list, but the guy can smash a baseball and that’s what this team needs.    I’ll admit it, I would get jacked up to go the yard and watch a lineup with Ankiel, Pujols, Bonds, Ludwick, and Glaus. The addition of Bonds adds legitimate juice to the order. I would love to see pitchers throw to Pujols knowing that the all-time homerun leader was waiting on deck to take his crack at them. 
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
The guy has been denied an opportunity to play by every major league team. You don’t think that provides a little motivation for an ego-maniac. I do and the best part is that it’s easy to do. Call his agent, give him the money, and 10 days later he’s in your lineup and now your lineup is scary. Sure Bonds is older, but you’ve got three other very capable outfielders to shuffle around. (Shu, Luddy, and Ank. See ya Dunc.) You know Tony can handle that.
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
Clearly, this idea will be almost universally panned by Cardinal Nation, but what are the motives for this. If you want to win, if you want to catch the “hated” Cubs, if you want to capitalize on an unexpected start, do something about it. Think about this: There are two and a half months left in the season. This is not a long-term commitment; this is strictly a rental situation. Let’s not throw away the season because we don’t want to take a chance. Let’s roll the dice and see what happens. Let’s play the bad guy for once. It will add some excitement. Love him or hate him, you’ll watch. In less than three months you’re playing in October or it’s over.
 
Why not Barry Bonds?
 
 
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BrianK
# BrianK
Friday, July 11, 2008 10:01 AM
As much as I hate this guy, and was totally against the Cards signing him, I'm starting to come around. And it's for exactly the points you brought up. You don't have to give up any players, he's still a force with the bat, he's no worse defensively than Duncan, and it probably wouldn't take a lot of money to sign him. If he's wanting to play that bad, he'll take probably any offer he can get seeing as how every team has said no to him already.
Bigwholy
# Bigwholy
Friday, July 11, 2008 10:43 AM
I agree 100% Why Not B.Bonds??? We need a little attitude on this team, Hell the City of Stl Needs a little bit more attitude! I would love to see it happen!
AtomicVette
# AtomicVette
Friday, July 11, 2008 1:47 PM
Hey John... I would rather have Barry Bonds on our team than for the Cubs to win the divsion. Swallow your ego and take a look at Barry...!
rstyles
# rstyles
Friday, July 11, 2008 2:32 PM
dude are you off you meds or what??
G-rav
# G-rav
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:11 AM
"he adds legitimate juice to the lineup"
In the form of injectable or oral "juice"?
dookstank
# dookstank
Saturday, July 12, 2008 12:35 PM
completely agree. take a stab at this guy. why not. love or hate the guy the guy makes our offense a force. and he will contribute more than a high priced picture who only makes a difference every five days. do it already!!
jp
# jp
Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:06 PM
I don't know if it's true, but I heard that his agent said he would play for the major league minimum. If that's true, there is absolutely no reason not to give it a shot.

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