February 27, 2007


Supersized Barry: Shadows afterword details Bonds' freakish growth (Tom Verducci, February 27, 2007, Sports Illustrated)

[Game of Shadows] is released this week in a paperback edition with a new afterword, the most important constant in the 12-month wake of Shadows is this: Bonds has not challenged a single fact in the book. It stands as an encyclopedia of this doping era in general and of Bonds' massive doping regimen in specifics. [...]

You hear all that noise from the Bonds camp and yet most conspicuous is the silence on challenging the facts of the case. Shadows succeeded because it couched nothing and stood unchallenged. My favorite fact: the authors detail in their afterword the freakish growth of Bonds' body parts in his years with the Giants: from size 42 to a size 52 jersey; from size 10 1/2 to size 13 cleats; and from a size 7 1/8 to size 7 1/4 cap, even though he had taken to shaving his head.

"The changes in his foot and head size," they write, "were of special interest: medical experts said overuse of human growth hormone could cause an adult's extremities to begin growing, aping the symptoms of the glandular disorder acromegaly."

If he adds 3/4s to his hat size but keeps his feet and shoulders steady we'll be able to share wardrobes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2007 3:50 PM

Pinhead huh. And only a 42 before. He wasn't a very big dude at all.

The foot thing is scary.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 27, 2007 4:09 PM

Yeah, my eyes opened a bit about going from 42 to 52, but I had to reread the entire article when I got to the shoe size increase. Unreal.

Posted by: Dreadnought at February 27, 2007 5:28 PM

Kinda like the Hulk bursting out of Bruce Banner's shirt and shoes.

Posted by: Gideon at February 27, 2007 9:00 PM