Game of Shadows

Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams

In the summertime of 1998 two of baseball main sluggers, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, launched into a race to interrupt Babe Ruth’s single season house run file. The nation was transfixed as Sosa went on to hit 66 house runs, and McGwire 70. Three years later, San Francisco Giants All-Star Barry Bonds surpassed McGwire by three house runs within the midst of what was maybe the best offensive show in baseball historical past. Over the subsequent three seasons, as Bonds frequently launched mammoth pictures into the San Francisco Bay, baseball gamers throughout the nation had been hitting house runs at unprecedented charges. For years there had been rumors that maybe a few of these gamers owed their success to steroids. However attention-grabbing homers had been large enterprise, and sportswriters, followers, and officers alike merely turned a blind eye. Then, in December of 2004, after greater than a 12 months of investigation, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story that in a federal investigation of a dietary complement firm referred to as BALCO, Yankees slugger Jason Giambi had admitted taking steroids. Barry Bonds was additionally implicated. Instantly the difficulty of steroids grew to become entrance web page information. The revelations led to Congressional hearings on baseball’s drug issues and continued to drive the hassle to purge the U.S. Olympic motion of drug cheats. Now Fainaru-Wada and Williams expose for the primary time the secrets and techniques of the BALCO investigation that has turned the sports activities world the wrong way up.

Recreation of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroid Scandal That Rocked Skilled by award-winning investigative journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, is a riveting narrative in regards to the largest doping scandal within the historical past of sports activities, and the way baseball’s house run king, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, got here to make use of steroids. Drawing on greater than two years of reporting, together with interviews with tons of of individuals, and unique entry to secret grand jury testimony, confidential paperwork, audio recordings, and extra, the authors present, for the primary time, a definitive account of the surprising steroids scandal that made headlines throughout the nation.

The e book traces the profession of Victor Conte, founding father of the BALCO laboratory, an egomaniacal former rock musician and self-proclaimed nutritionist, who got down to corrupt sports activities by offering athletes with “designer” steroids that might be undetectable on “state-of-the-art” doping exams. Conte gave the undetectable medication to 28 of the world’s best athletes—Olympians, NFL gamers and baseball stars, Bonds chief amongst them.

A separate narrative thread particulars the steroids use of Bonds, an immensely gifted, moody participant who turned to performance-enhancing medication after Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals set a brand new house run file in 1998. Via his private coach, Bonds gained entry to BALCO medication. The entire nice athletes who visited BALCO benefited tremendously—Bonds broke McGwire’s file—however many had their careers disrupted after federal investigators raided BALCO and indicted Conte. The authors hint the course of the probe, and the baffling choice of federal prosecutors to guard the elite athletes who had been concerned.

Highlights of Recreation of Shadows embody:

Barry Bonds

  • A have a look at how Bonds was pushed to make use of performance-enhancing medication partially by jealousy over Mark McGwire’s record-breaking 1998 season. It was shortly thereafter that Bonds—who had by no means used something extra efficiency enhancing than a protein shake from the well being meals retailer—first started utilizing steroids.
  • How Bonds’s weight coach, steroid supplier Greg Anderson, organized to satisfy Victor Conte earlier than the 2001 baseball season with…