Is it finally time to forgive and forget?

Shaquill Stewart, TSV Staff Writer

Barry Bonds returned to baseball Monday, joining the San Francisco Giants for a week long stint as a guest hitting instructor. There are going to be tons of columns about Barry Bonds over the next three days on whether he has changed from his “selfish” image, his Hall of Fame chances, and of course his detailed personal history of his with performance-enhancing drugs.

“It feels really good to be back,” Bonds said via the San Jose Mercury News. “It feels good to participate in this and give back to the game that I love. I’m going to have a lot of fun doing this.”

Bonds exited the game after the 2007 season, but not the spotlight. In 2011, Bonds was convicted by a federal jury of one count of obstruction of justice, which was steaming from an investigation into BALCO and suspicions that Bonds had used steroids during his playing career. Yet only only last year, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction, for which Bonds was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days of house arrest.

So now that he is officially clean, Barry can go back to the game he loves which is baseball. But the media believes he still owes people an apology for the way he treated people. People need to let the hate go, whether you like him or not Barry Bonds is arguably one of the best players to ever play baseball.

Is it finally time to forgive and forget?

Instead of getting personal with someone who never cared about what you or me ever thought about him. How about enjoy the great times and memory he gave us as a San Francisco Giant. Bonds doesn’t deserve exile from baseball. The sport isn’t moral at all to exclude him. Nor are his so called crimes, grave enough to deem him too unworthy.

He been beaten up enough by not only his peer, or the game he played but people in general. In 2013, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received a only 36.2 percent of the votes. A resounding message by the writers for the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. And if that weren’t resounding enough, in 2014, he received 34.7 percent. So what if this is a PR stunt to rebuild his tarnished name. So what if the end game is getting into the Hall of Fame.

And if that’s what bothers you, blame the Giants and Major League Baseball for giving him the platform to begin renovating his reputation. He hasn’t shown the kind of humility that makes us forget past sins. Yet he doesn’t have to he’s Barry Lamar Bonds. That’s his choice. The price he has to pay.

At least for now, Barry will bring prestige and immense knowledge to your San Francisco Giants. and any player who doesn’t want to pick his brain are fools.

Sure, Bonds may have ulterior motives. So what. The system went after him, and he won. I wish we all could do that. Bonds is back where he should be, and it should be a fun ride.