No player in the history of baseball has left such an indelible mark on the
game as San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. In his twenty-year career,
Bonds has amassed an unprecedented seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves, and
more than seven hundred home runs, an impressive assortment of feats that has
earned him consideration as one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.
Equally deserved, however, is his reputation as an insufferable braggart, whose
mythical home runs are rivaled only by his legendary ego. From his staggering
ability and fabled pedigree (father Bobby played outfield for the Giants;
cousin Reggie Jackson and godfather Willie Mays are both Hall of Famers) to his
well-documented run-ins with teammates and the persistent allegations of
steroid use, Bonds inspires a like amount of passion from both sides of the
fence. For many, Bonds belongs beside Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in baseball's
holy trinity; for others, he embodies all that is wrong with the modern
athlete: aloof; arrogant; alienated.
In "Love Me, Hate Me," author Jeff Pearlman offers a searing and insightful
look into one of the most divisive athletes of our time. Drawing on more than
five hundred interviews -- with former and current teammates, opponents,
managers, trainers, friends, and outspoken critics and unapologetic supporters
alike -- Pearlman reveals, for the first time, a wonderfully nuanced portrait
of a prodigiously talented and immensely flawed American icon whose
controversial run at baseball immortality forever changed the way we look at
our sports heroes.