Here it is, a test for us all. Are we Giants fans first, or do we go to watch the Barry Show?
If he does indeed miss the entire season, the Bay Area fanbase will be exposed for what it is: loyal to the team, or just a bunch of bandwagon riders, ready to jump off as soon as the ride gets rough.
This is a bad blow for Barry, as the only real way to quiet the steroid critics was to go out there when most would assume he's clean, and put up another 1.300 OPS season. Giambi will be watched for this, as well, but the attention would have paled in comparison to the microscope Bonds would have found himself under. Now, we'll just have to wait. What will we do in the meantime?
Me? I'm going to still go to the ballyard, still tune in to FOX and KTVU, still wear my hat, jersey, still blog...
What will everyone else do? How many of us were watching the San Francisco Bonds and not the San Francisco Giants?
We're about to find out.