Wednesday, May 17, 2006


As you may be aware, legendary baseball star and alleged prince of performance enhancing drugs, Barry Bonds, has been struggling to hit the home run that would tie him for second with Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. The whole thing sounds like an Edgar Allan Poe story to me.

The Tall-Tale Heart is a modern day fable about a man who steadfastly denies the use of steroids as he nears a great athletic achievement – only he just can’t seem to reach the mark because his guilty conscience won’t allow it.

Night after night he takes the field and swings for the fences, but instead of the happy crack of ball meeting bat, all Barry hears is the beating of his enlarged heart. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. Thump-thump.

And - somewhere - the Babe smiles.

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