A little upset that Jason Grimsley had been stealing his thunder, Barry Bonds is back in the headlines. He's dropped his lawsuit against Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, authors of "Game of Shadows," a book that contained parts of his grand jury testimony. The lawsuit was intended to stop the authors from profiting from the book.
He dropped the case because the authors had been subpoenaed by another grand jury, this one trying to find out leaked the transcripts to begin with, which, Barry says, is all he wanted to begin with. So that satisfied Barry, America's 10th-most popular athlete.
"We were heartened the system sort of does work," (Barry's attorney Michael) Rains added. "Barry said, `We got what we wanted to get.' We feel very satisfied. They are going to do what they need to do to find the source of the leak."
Well, it's nice to see that the good guys win sometimes. In other Bonds news, Bonds says he's really eager to talk to George Mitchell, baseball's special investigator on the steroids issue. But his lawyer says he can only talk if he's promised that the information won't be used against him by federal prosecutors.
And in even more Bonds news, he's got a strained abdominal muscle, and is out of the lineup until at least Tuesday. Hm. I didn't even know he was still playing baseball.
A Quiet Dismissal [The Big Lead]
Shadow of a Doubt [Baseball Musings]
Report: Bonds lawsuit against authors dismissed [Mercury News]
Lawyer: Bonds wants to talk [ChicagoSports.com]
Favre, Jeter, Kobe, Barry... All Your Favorites [Deadspin]
George's Art Gallery [GV Etched In Time]