Re "Bonds receives my vote" (Marcos Breton, Sports, Jan. 7): Faster than a speeding bullet was Barry Bond's bat before and after the supplements.
He hit anybody, lefty or righty, with extreme power and for average. He had the quickest swing, or saying it another way, the longest time to wait on a pitch before committing himself. He was his era's most feared hitter as measured by the historic number of intentional walks that he received.
He might not have had the greatest interpersonal skills, or exhibited a Rhodes Scholar intellect when he went before the Grand Jury without counsel, but if you had the opportunity to watch him in action up close, you saw a swing that you are not likely to see again in your lifetime.
In any case, as Bob Costas said, Bond didn't start the steroid thing, but like the perfect storm, he sure did put an end to it.
-- Walter Andrews, Folsom