|Barry Bonds needs 48 home runs to break Hank Aaron's record.|
Baseball spent much of 2005 trying to toughen its drug policy to meet the demands of both baseball fans and legislators in Congress. The initial policy resulted in Rafael Palmeiro's suspension last summer, but it wasn't viewed as tough enough, especially on first-time offenders. The current policy, announced after the season, has a 50-game suspension for a first positive test and a lifetime ban after a third positive test.
But will fans be able to put the issue behind them while watching Barry Bonds chase Hank Aaron's record of 755 career home runs? Bonds has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but his role in the BALCO case and monstrous offensive numbers put him squarely at the center of the controversy.
As he comes back from an injury-plagued 2005 season and looks to make a run at history, will fans view him as a legend or merely the face of an era they'd like to forget?