A Genuinely Classy Move
I’d never think of passing judgment on anybody who is angered and disgusted by the Steroid Era in baseball; I completely understand why fans feel/felt betrayed. These guys cheated, MLB looked the other way for far too long, etc.
The primary poster child for this episode is Barry Bonds, whose media-related behavior, general arrogance and (apparent) dishonesty about his habits combined to inspire a massive backlash against him, both during and after his career.
I know a wise, wise woman who often remarks, “we all lead messy lives”, usually in reference to the yoga fiend addicted to McDonalds fries, or the natural food advocate who smokes, etc. My interpretation of that is “nobody is 100% anything”. Even scoundrels contain the possibility of graceful behavior.
To me, this story constitutes graceful behavior — particularly since the only reason this was made public was because Mr. Stow’s attorney made an announcement (a month later).
I wouldn’t expect this story to make anybody do a 180 in their Bonds opinion; but it adds a truly selfless gesture to the list of things we’ve already seen from him, and it’s worth a note.