Big egos are contagious, especially in sports, Andy Kessler does not really need to remind any sport’s fan, semi or not. Would not a little less hubris and a little more humility go a long way, especially in today’s hyper-arrogant world, Mr. Kessler asks.
Barry Bonds, the home-run-record-holding San Francisco Giant, once told sportscaster Chris Myers, “You pay money to go to baseball games. Well, your ticket doesn’t say autographs. Your ticket doesn’t say that we’re role models. Your ticket just says pay to see the show.”
Poor Bonds – “Lonely at the Top”
Teammate Jeff Kent, who considered himself closest with Mr. Bonds, has said Barry had a “cocky, arrogant attitude.”
Mr. Bonds thought a lot of himself, declaring, “I’m not afraid to be lonely at the top.” All this even though he was getting more than a little help from “the cream” and “the clear”—anabolic steroids.
As Mr. Kessler observes, the line between pride and hubris is awfully thin.