- One (1) American League team possibly in need of a DH for an extended period of time.
- One (1) all-time home run champion and OBP machine currently unemployed.
The question -- does 1+1 = 2?
At the risk of opening a can of worms (a) unnecessarily (after all, Papi may be back in 3 weeks for all we know) and (b) that we're probably going to hear about endlessly no matter what, here is my take on the pros and cons of the concept of the Red Sox signing one Mr. Barry Bonds to serve as their DH while Mr. Large Papi is on the mend.
PRO: Barry Bonds may be the best player ever in the history of the game.
The greatest tragedy (well... maybe "tragedy" is too strong a word) in the whole Bonds-steroids thing is that Barry Bonds didn't need PEDs to be an all-time great. If he had retired from baseball at the very moment the first Clear-filled needle touched his ass, he would have had a substantial case for the Hall of Fame. In his prime, Bonds had every single tool you could hope for from a baseball player: he hit for average, he had good power, he had great speed, he could work pitchers for high-pitch-count walks, and he played excellent defense. His early MVP awards (three of them in four years between 1990-1994) were completely deserved. Imagine Manny Ramirez with 40SB speed and top-10 in the league defensive skills, for a sustained 5-year period -- that was Barry Bonds.
Of course the PEDs turned Bonds into a statistical monster. His early MVP years look pathetic compared to the late Giants-era numbers. His 2001 season may be the most ridiculous offensive performance (and the greatest fantasy season) in the history of all sports. 73 HR? 177 BB? An .863 SLG? Holy crap.
The moral of the story is that you don't count your chickens until they hatch, but you also don't count them out until they're scrambled for breakfast. Let's give it a week and see how the Sox do offensively before beating a path to Barry's door. Maybe that's a headache that we don't even need. Wouldn't that be fab?
Conclusion: Wait and see.