Barry Bonds: “Clearly” a question of record; Chris Rock on Babe Ruth

By Donna Hernandez Jul 25, 2007

Barry Bonds, 43, and 3 home runs away from breaking Hank Aaron’s career record, may or may not have used steroids to enhance his baseball playing abilities, however, one of BALCO industries chemists is alleging he did. Last night on HBO’s Costas Now, Patrick Arnold, a Bay area chemist, who created "the clear", a form of undetectable steroids, claimed he often heard BALCO’s founder, Victor Conte, refer to Barry Bonds as being on "the program". Regardless of whether Bonds took "the clear", there is no proof that steroids are able to enhance one’s ability to play a better game. An increase in strength and muscle mass, yes, a better game, questionable. Patrick Arnold thinks steroids also enhance hand eye coordination. Again, this has yet to be proven. The better part of Costas Now however, was Chris Rock’s hilarious rip on Babe Ruth versus Satchel Paige, a Black ball player. One of his best lines came when Bob Costas asked about why Rock is not a fan of Babe Ruth: "It’s not that I don’t like Babe Ruth, I just don’t think he was the best of his time. Satchel Paige was striking people out from his wheel chair at age 63! And he was tenth best. There were nine Negro players better than him!" "It’s almost like saying – I won the New York City Marathon this year – but no Kenyans ran!" "It’s not a sport until brothers show up – it’s just a game." To view the Costas Now show, check the HBO listings in your area. Meanwhile, here’s a clip of Chris Rock laying into the Barry Bonds issue on the Late Show with David Letterman. "The government ‘ain’t trying to get Osama Bin Laden," Rock said. "They trying to get Barry Bonds." Hilarity.