The perjury trial of Barry Bonds caught everyone’s attention on Tuesday. The government got the first chance to fill the jurors’ ears and they came with it, however the first part of the day belonged to the defense. Why? Mainly because Bonds’s former trainer, Greg Anderson, again told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston that he would not testify against Bonds. Anderson is the realest friend anyone could ever have. He has done stints in jail. He has been separated from his family. He has been thrown to the wolves but the man stands beside Bonds to the end.
He clearly, and unequivocally, will not testify,” Anderson’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said. Shortly thereafter, Anderson was found in contempt of court and ordered to go to jail once again, this time for the duration of the case. It will be Anderson’s fifth stint in jail for failing to cooperate with prosecutors in the Bonds case.
Perhaps the government hoped Anderson would give it a shot in the arm (excuse my play on words) but to expect him to fold now and provide the prosecution with a ninth inning walk-off home run should was really a bad defensive tactic to begin with. It’s obvious that Bonds and his team that have won game one and this surely set the tone that this series may go the entire seven games.
Anderson could have ratted out Bonds several times but it appears that he is a friend to the end. One has to wonder though, when it’s all said and done, if Bonds wins this case, then what? Will people change their views? Will the Hall of Fame open its arms for Bonds? Will baseball ever be the same? One thing is for sure more people in baseball need to surround themselves with friends like Greg Anderson. He obviously can keep a secret if there is one to be kept.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!