Bob Costas one-ups Barry Bonds' insult
By Stone Martindale Jul 28, 2007, 15:53 GMT
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds sits in the dugout before batting practice against the Florida Marlins at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, USA, 27 July 2007. Bonds is only one home run away from tying baseball legends, Hank Aaron\'s career record home runs of 755. EPA/RHONA WISE
Barry Bonds threw a curve ball at reporter Bob Costas, calling him a "little midget man who knows (nothing) about baseball."
Bob Costas got his revenge quietly and responded with a dig at the "alleged" steroid enhanced baseballer.
"As anyone can plainly see, I'm 5-6 1/2 and a strapping 150, and unlike some people, I came by all of it naturally," Costas quipped in a telephone interview to the AP.
On HBO's "Costas Now," commissioner Bud Selig, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and chemist Patrick Arnold discussed Bonds and the stink of steroids that surrounds him. Schilling and Arnold said they believed Bonds had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
"I've actually always had a pretty cordial relationship with Barry," Costas said. "I have no ill feelings toward him personally. I regard him as one of the greatest players of all time who got an inauthentic boost and then became a superhuman player. I wish him no ill whatsoever."
Costas was objective over Bond's ridiculous comments.
"He's under tremendous scrutiny and some pressure. It's no big deal," Costas said to the AP.
"This is a consequence of doing your job, and I've never tried to do my job in any case with the intention of calling attention to myself. I think if people watch the program, they can judge for themselves."