- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2007

Curt Schilling has apologized to Barry Bonds after charging him with three counts of cheating in a radio interview earlier this week.

Appearing on WEEI in Boston Tuesday morning, Schilling was asked if baseball fans should attach a clothespin to their noses as Bonds pursues Hank Aaron’s career home run record.

“Oh, yeah, I would think so,” Schilling said. “I mean, he admitted that he used steroids. I mean, there’s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner [Bud Selig] trying to figure out where to be. It’s sad.”

Schilling is wrong on all three counts, for Bonds never has admitted to anything.

That is the maddening beauty of his joyless undertaking.

He merely applied the cream and the clear dispensed by his trainer, and it is up to seam-head nation to decide if the incredibly expanding head of Bonds is the product of a late growth spurt, magical bar bells or synthetic substances.

It is all a tad tedious at this point, Bonds being the polarizing figure that he is and baseball’s lords being complicit in the juice-fueled home run surge of the ‘90s.

If Bonds is the corrupt lout he often is portrayed to be, baseball officials and the sniffling chroniclers of the game were his enablers.

Given 24 hours to rethink his stinging remarks, Schilling penned an apology via his blog at 38pitches.com.

“It was a callous, reckless and irresponsible thing to say, and for that I apologize to Barry, Barry’s family, Barry’s friends and the Giants organization, my teammates and the Red Sox organization as well as anyone else I may have offended by the comments I made,” Schilling wrote.

That pretty much covers everyone, even those mostly indifferent to the Bonds/Aaron saga and an ABC/ESPN poll that reveals — surprise — how differently whites and blacks view the countdown.

The poll finds that blacks are overwhelmingly more supportive of Bonds’ record-breaking endeavor than whites, by 74 percent to 28.

That is fairly predictable stuff in a society conditioned to view issues large and small through the prism of race and victimhood. That conditioning comes courtesy of a 24/7 media marketplace, both left and right, that adheres to a race-based template.

Schilling made the obligatory reference to race in his attack.

“And I don’t care that he’s black or green or purple or yellow or whatever,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. There’s good people and bad people. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the way it’s happening.”

Leave the petty racial division to the 13th-century holy men of the Middle East after their martyr-loving disciples have conquered America.

Speaking of which, it is nice to see that the enlightened officials of the Kansas City airport have installed foot-washing basins to accommodate the growing number of prayer-minded Muslim taxi drivers there.

It would be even nicer if airport officials eventually add holy-water basins to accommodate those Catholics inclined to make the sign of a cross and say a silent prayer before hopping aboard a commercial jet.

Prayer is not apt to ease the divide of Bonds.

Those on both sides seem to think his home run march is significant.

A few of us think Aaron has it about right.

He is not sure where he will be as Bonds nears the mark, but it will be anywhere but in a ballpark with Bonds on the field.

Aaron said he even might be overseas at the time Bonds pulls alongside him.

That sounds like a well-intentioned plan.

As for Selig, he will be the one sitting in a box seat trying to suppress a display of emotion.

Or perhaps he will wear a brown paper bag over his head.

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