What to Do About Barry Bonds?

 
Barry Bonds sucks. He could be the last great African American baseball player for a generation as many African American youth turn to basketball and football as their sport of choice but he still sucks.

Barry Bonds sucks. He could be the last great African American baseball player for a generation as many African American youth turn to basketball and football as their sport of choice but he still sucks. The decline in African American interest in baseball varies but the interest in Barry Bonds is lacking primarily because of the steroids issue. This article takes a look at African American interest in the American pastime and a look at the most prominent African American player and the games most controversial player Barry Bonds.

The reasons why African Americans are not watching baseball vary. Barriers to play the game, the marketing of the game and socio-economic factors have all played a role in the decline in interest. Unlike basketball for instance there are barriers to play baseball, costs of bats helmets, uniforms places to play, while many cities have cut recreational park funding.

Other reasons for African American lack of interest have to do with the marketing of the sport to black youth, by not connecting the legacy of great black players from the past the Jackie Robinson, Satchel Page, Josh Gibson, Frank Robinson Willie Mayes, and Hank Aaron with the modern era baseball players.

Additionally, baseball more than any other sport is one of fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons a sport where one has to become interested in and vested in as a youth. Many baseball fans of today site with great memory and lore the first time their father took them to a baseball game. That collective memory is lacking within the African American community where it had once existed. Though clearly not conclusive, the war on black men in America and as a consequence the lack of fathers in many African American households has too contributed to the decline in interest. More at  http://www.blackstate.com

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