Re: Watching Moneyball
Some interesting topics on this thread. A couple of things.
Regarding steroids, if you ever get a chance I highly recommend watching the documentary film Bigger, Stonger, Faster. It is about steroid use in America and the opposing values of doing the right thing and being the best. It is informative, funny and unlike most documentary films which are slanted to make you take the side of the producer, it really leaves the question of right or wrong open ended.
Regarding Barry Bonds, I will preface everything I have to say with I don't like the guy and I never have. He was a jerk his whole career and a cheat for half his career. That being said he was the best hitter I have ever seen and its not even much of a debate.
You look at the numbers prior to the 2000 season when he starting juicing and you have a 10 season slash of .440/.610/1.050. with 40/40 ability. 3 MVPs, 8 Gold Gloves 7 Silver Suggers.
Take that type of ability add the juice and you get flat out cartoon numbers .800+ Slugging, 550+OBP, OPS 1300+ . In an era where most of his peers were juicing and putting up big numbers, he was putting up off the chart offensive numbers while playing half his games in a park that supresses offense, especially to LHH. Did steroids help? Absolutely. But the guy was the best hitter in the game before and the boost only put him further ahead.
An interesting side story. Back in 1999 I lived in this small town in central New Jersery called Raritan. It was kind of run down working class town and I lived there because it is what I could afford at the time. Anyway, I go into the corner deli I frequented there and the owner is talking to this guy about baseball and the guy leaves. When I went to put in my order the owner said "Do you know who that was?" I said no. He said its Bobby Bonds. I said "of the Giants?" He said "no, not Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds Jr. Its Barry's little brother he plays on the Independant league team in Somerset and he lives across the street." I laughed and said Wow, his Dad is a famous all-star baseball player who made a fortune, his brother is an all-star baseball player making a fortune, his cousin is Reggie Jackson and here his is living in this podunk town hoping to catch someones eye playing independant ball. He must LOVE going home for the holidays.