This article has been submitted by Stu Wilkinson.

It’s time. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is over, which means it’s time to get down to business for the teams that consider themselves contenders for a berth in the World Series. As we saw last year with the Colorado Rockies, the goal for teams not named the Boston Red Sox should be making the playoffs. Once you’re playing in October, anything can happen. Of course, absolutely nothing will happen if your team ends up playing the Red Sox. That’s just a juggernaut.

To increase their chances of getting into the playoffs some teams will make big trades on or around the July 31st trading deadline. We’ve already seen Milwaukee deal prospects for C.C. Sabathia and the Cubs do the same for Rich Harden. More swaps involving prospects and established players will be made as the summer wears on. Why on Earth, however, would a baseball bigwig pull the trigger on giving up some blue chip prospects for a rental player when the greatest player of all time is available as a free agent and willing to play for the league minimum? Ladies and gentlemen, you have forgotten Barry Bonds!

Sure, the guy probably cheated more than the Duke Blue Devils. And sure, his agent says that a comeback this year is unlikely. But come on people! You’re telling me that one of the greatest players of all time is sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring right now and a team won’t roll the dice on him? Do baseball teams not want to win the World Series this year? I am legitimately outraged!

Last season Bonds had a .480 OBP. He hit 28 more home runs than the entire Blue Jays organization has hit this season. He’s probably got enough HGH left in his body to fuel next year’s Kentucky Derby winner. He can still play, and he still wants to win a championship to cement his legacy as the greatest baseball player of all-time. How can teams deny that?

I honestly can’t see the season passing without Barry signing with someone. Eventually someone is going to break and bring him on board. Hopefully it’ll be the Yankees because that would be incredible (either Bonds, Griffey, or Jason Bay MUST end up with my Bronx Bombers), but any team will do. Can you imagine a World Series game in the final year of Yankee Stadium with Barry Bonds involved? Barry Bonds wearing pinstripes? I would pay silly money to see that.

How about the Tampa Bay Rays signing Bonds to put them over the top in the race for the AL East? Or the White Sox bringing him on board, allowing him to start his career wearing a gangster Pittsburgh Pirates hat and end it wearing a gangster White Sox hat. The two teams I can’t see Barry going to are the Red Sox (too much good mojo there to bring Barry on board) and the Cubs (don’t know why, I just don’t see it). Other than that there is no reason for him to be sitting out this year’s baseball playoffs. Oh, and don’t tell me you didn’t get excited by those last couple paragraphs.

It’s not even all about wanting to see Bonds make one last run in the postseason. Look, the steroid era is pretty much over. Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Roger Clemens, the other three horsemen of baseball’s performance-enhanced apocalypse, have all faded away. Can’t baseball give me one last moment of glory with the one of the game’s most hated figures? Come on, Mike Vick’s never going to be back in the NFL, Mike Tyson will never be a legitimate boxer, and John Daly’s not exactly tearing up the PGA Tour. Barry Bonds is my only hope for a legitimate villain or crazy person to come back and make a run at a championship. This obviously does not count the NBA, where crazy is par for the course.

Today’s baseball players simply don’t bring enough craziness or dickishness to the table to get me pumped up to watch America’s pastime. It’s time for change people. It’s time to make baseball exciting again. If we all band together and stop badmouthing Barry Bonds, perhaps baseball’s bigwigs will stop blackballing him. Perhaps we can stem the flood of hate and put up sandbags of forgiveness. We will turn the tide and help give one of America’s greatest heroes one last chance to redeem himself. Yes we can!

This article has been submitted by Stu Wilkinson.