Now What?

Now What?Yesterday we learned that Jason Giambi used steroids for at least three seasons and this morning we're learning that Barry Bonds has admitted to using steriods, although unknowingly. Bonds told a federal grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring but claims he thought they were flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis. Now what?

When Ben Johnson was caught with steriods in his body, he was stripped of his Gold medal and world record. What now becomes of these killer numbers Bonds has been producing over the past five years? I've written frequently about his assault on the record books, his entry into the 700 club and his standing as the best ball player I've ever seen.

Are those numbers sticken from the record? Is he and Giambi stripped of their MVP awards? What happens to his 75 home run season? Does an asterisk go beside that figure?

Bonds has a lot to lose here, as do baseball fans. We now know he took "the clear" and "the cream" and this inevitably bulked him up, made his stronger and allowed him to hit more homers. Now what?


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