Grimsley proof Bonds' success not all due to clear and cream

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

In a rather pathetic way, Jason Grimsley may end up being the best thing to ever happen to Barry Bonds.

The best thing since performing enhancing drugs.

Grimsley, a mediocre relief pitcher, has now been exposed for using steroids, human growth hormone and amphetamines. None of those turned him into an all-star.

None of those made him a big-time winner.

Now, when people look at Bonds and his numbers, they have tangible evidence to argue that not all of his numbers, not all of his records, came courtesy of clear and cream. Drugs didn't help Grimsley win any more games. They didn't help maintain his rather large earned run average.

They enhanced what ability already was there.

Bonds benefitted -- but we'll never know to what extent. The drugs can make you bigger and stronger: They can't hit the ball for you.

They couldn't pitch for Jason Grimsley, who now must play the part of songbird for the FBI, turning on those he played with and against. Baseball has entered a McCarthy era all of its own doing: And strangely, some of this will take the heat and the attention away from Bonds.

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