Barry Bonds clearly has lost touch with

O, BY THE WAY

December 07, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Barry Bonds clearly has lost touch with reality. His agent, Jeff Borris, recently said he's actively seeking out contending teams for Bonds to sign with for next season because the 43-year-old player wants to go out a World Series winner.

Remember, even in his hometown of San Francisco - one of the few places Bonds was cheered - he was shown the door.

So, let's review: A) Bonds is facing an indictment on federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges (which the agent contends won't conflict with next season); B) In many quarters of the baseball world, Bonds is a pariah for having broken Hank Aaron's home run record under the dark cloud of steroid suspicion; C) In a week or two, the Mitchell report will come out, and if Bonds' name isn't in it, the performance-enhancing substance bonfire certainly will be aglow.

And with all that, Bonds and his agent actually believe a contending team would be willing to sign a sore-kneed, aging slugger who was good for 28 homers and 66 RBIs last year.

The reaction by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland - a guy with a contending team - was representative, I thought, of any sane baseball person's thoughts. Leyland politely remarked: "I certainly would like to see him play. Absolutely. I know he's been working out. I know he's in great shape. I don't know where the fit will be for him (emphasis mine), but I certainly hope there's one." Left unsaid by Leyland: "But I'd sooner have a radioactive rabid hamster set loose in my dugout."

For anyone who thinks Brett Favre is overrated, I want to point out something. Favre is hoping to extend his consecutive starts to 250 regular-season games (270 including playoffs) Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after suffering an elbow injury eight days ago against the Dallas Cowboys that left him with his throwing fingers numb and a separated nonthrowing shoulder.

And it's a good thing because Favre's backup, Aaron Rodgers, who played terrifically in that game - a loss in relief of Favre - cannot be counted on to pick up the slack again because he pulled a hamstring in practice. The coach says he's out for a week or two.

Now, Rodgers is a pretty good athlete, right? First-round draft pick and all. He's 14 years younger than Favre, and he's out for a week or two because he got hurt preparing to play.

This is not about ridiculing Rodgers. This is about how remarkable Favre's career has been in that he has been durable enough and certainly lucky enough to answer the bell game after game, year after year when the sport he plays can claim a guy at any moment - even in practice.

In another NFL city, Donovan McNabb likely will be coming back from ankle and thumb injuries to reclaim his starting job from A.J. Feeley when the Philadelphia Eagles play the New York Giants. Eagles fans are not expected to be as unanimous in their welcome of McNabb as Packers fans most certainly will be of Favre. But Eagles fans should take note of Feeley's statistics over his past 44 pass attempts - 19 completions and six interceptions. That's one pick for every seven attempts. Two of them decided games in favor of the opposition. McNabb - who doesn't deserve a free pass for his lackluster play this year - should at least get credit for protecting the ball. He has six interceptions in 195 attempts.

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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