January 16th, 2007
Here’s the link to the NY Times article on Sheffield’s upcoming autobiography. It goes into more topics and more detail than the wire story, on denying steroid use and other topics. Here’s one cutout from Ben Shpigel’s article:
According to the book, after agreeing to train with Bonds in Northern California after the 2001 season, Sheffield grew tired of Bonds’s uncompromising control over their workout routine. He nevertheless agreed when Bonds said he would give him “vitamins” from the Balco founder Victor Conte Jr. Sheffield said that Conte gave the vitamins to Greg Anderson, Bonds’s trainer, who gave them to him.
As he acknowledged during testimony before the Balco grand jury, Sheffield said that he rubbed cream on his knee after surgical stitches popped out while working out. Sheffield said that Anderson gave him “some cream that’ll heal you up in a hurry,” but he went to a doctor anyway.
“My understanding was that the cream was no different from the Neosporin you buy at Rite Aid. Only it worked quicker,” Sheffield said. “It did work fast. It healed me in about a week.”
As far as how much of a distraction the book could be, time will tell. What was mentioned in the article really isn’t different from what he has said in the past. It’ll keep him in the headlines for a while longer in NY, but that might be it. At least now you have something to do with that bookstore gift card you received for Christmas.