Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

By Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada Purchase Game of Shadows The two San Fransisco Chronicle reporters privy to the BALCO transcripts and court documents published this book outlining the entire BALCO scandal. In it they described the laboratory’s supply of ‘undetecable designer’ steroids (including The Cream and The Clear) to track and field athletes, football players and baseball players. Famous athletes such as Marion Jones, Tim Montgommery, Bill Romanowski, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi had intimate details of their steroid use published. The reporters faced jail time for failing to reveal the source of the BALCO documents to the government.


On Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa (Prologue)

On that trip Bonds began making racial remarks about McGwire to Kimberly Bell. According to Bell he would repeat them throughout the summer, as McGwire and Sammy Sosa, the buff, fan-friendly Chicago Cubs slugger who also was hitting home runs at an amazing rate, became the talk of the nation.

"They're just letting him do it because he's a white boy," Bonds said of McGwire and his chase of Maris's record. The pursuit by Sosa, a Latin player from the Dominican Republic, was entertaining but doomed, Bonds declared. As a matter of policy, "they'll never let him win," he said.

On Greg Anderson (page 39)

He began working out with a real gym rat, a trainer who spent 12 hours a day pumping iron in a gym on the San Francisco peninsula. Bonds's new workout partner called himself the Weight Guru, and he had a sophisticated approach to training. He prescribed specific, intense workouts for individual muscle groups, and he tailored the program for baseball to maximize hitting power while maintaining agility. He could talk about nutrition and blood tests and body-fat percentages with such authority that you might mistake him for a doctor.

Not incidentally, the Weight Guru was a longtime steroid user and dealer. He had expertise with drugs ranging from old reliables like Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol to more exotic substances like human growth hormone. The drugs could quicken recovery after workouts, build stamina, add muscle. They could eliminate that slump in August, when the minor injuries and fatigue of the long season would otherwise wear a ballplayer down. Beyond that, for a player with the natural ability of Bonds, the sky was the limit as far as what the drugs might do. The Weight Guru told Bonds all of this, and Bonds decided to go for it. The Weight Guru's name was Greg Anderson.

By The Baseball Page


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