BARRY BONDS is making his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot, so it comes as no surprise that he's trying to rehabilitate his long-established reputation as one of the game's surliest players.
Voting for the Hall of Fame, of course, is conducted among members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and Bonds' campaign to curry their favor seems to be continuing in his latest interview with one of his favorite scribes.
The all-time home run leader tells MLB.com's Barry Bloom that, despite pretending otherwise, the Hall of Fame does matter to him.
"I do really care," Bonds told Bloom. "I may say I don't, but I do really care. I've been through a lot in my life, so not too many things bother me. Making the Hall of Fame, would it be something that's gratifying because of what I've sacrificed?.. We've sacrificed our bodies. It's the way we made our living."
-- USA Today