Ode to the Rise and Fall of Barry Bonds Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record for home runs. Courts allege that he might have broken the law to do it, by taking performance-enhancing drugs and lying to a grand jury about it. In honor of Bonds' indictment, "Only a Game" host Bill Littlefield reads an original poem.
NPR logo

Ode to the Rise and Fall of Barry Bonds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16400417/16400372" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Ode to the Rise and Fall of Barry Bonds

Ode to the Rise and Fall of Barry Bonds

Ode to the Rise and Fall of Barry Bonds

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16400417/16400372" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Slugger Barry Bonds — who, with the San Francisco Giants, broke Hank Aaron's record for home runs — has found himself in a heap of trouble.

A federal grand jury indicted the 43-year-old home-run king this past week. He faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Specifically, Bonds stands accused of lying about his use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances during his testimony before a grand jury.

In honor of Bonds' indictment, "Only a Game" host Bill Littlefield reads an original poem.

Related NPR Stories