Supermale Barry Bonds's testosterone level knows no bounds according to the federal indictment information released in San Francisco yesterday. Bonds's testosterone levels -- like his single season mark of 73, or his career home run tally of 762 -- soared off the charts in 2001. The Vancouver Sun carries the story:
But the 2003 transcript shows that Bonds was asked about test results for a sample labelled with the initials "B.B." and with date of birth 7-24-64 -- Bonds' birthday -- from January 2001.
The sample was from Specialty Laboratories and signed by a physician named Brian Goldman.
Dated Jan. 19, 2001, the sample found levels of free testosterone that could not be accurately measured as they were higher than 5.00. A normal free testosterone level for a male aged between 20 and 49 ranges between 0.95 and 4.30, the record stated.
Holy Moley. In plain words, if the average male's testosterone level were between say 0 and 61, Bonds's level sat at 73. An incredibly new high for
season home runs testosterone. As much as 73 home runs boggled the mind of the baseball fan, Bonds's T number caused a stroke with the lab boss:
"The percentage of total testosterone in unbound state, per cent free testosterone, cannot be calculated since the free testosterone level is greater than the highest detectable concentration," it read.
Incredible you say? Bonds sets a single season HR mark of 73 and a single season testosterone level off the charts in 2001. Bonds too didn't understand this new unbelievable testosterone record:
...asked specifically why his testosterone level would be abnormally high, Bonds said he did not comprehend.
"I don't understand this piece of paper. I've never seen it before, once again," he said. "So, I would not be able to answer that question because I don't understand how that works.
"And I don't understand if some people may have more testosterone levels than others. And I just -- I can't honestly believe that just because this piece of paper says something that there's a problem. Everyone is different." Bonds said he had never been made aware of the test results and that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had said "Okay, everything's fine," after taking a blood sample.
"I trusted him, I believed him," Bonds said. "I didn't think about it." Bonds specifically was asked if he had been taking any substances in January 2001, and denied doing so.
"In January 2001, were you taking either the flaxseed oil or the cream?" Bonds was asked.
"No," he replied.
"And were you taking any other steroids?"
We might predict with a good steroid testing program, MLB will never see a season home run total of 73, or the record testosterone level reached by the Giant slugger.