I hear ya, Chris...(Rollie Fingers, btw)
it used to be that when you were traded from one team to another, no matter how unpleasant your stay was with the first team, you didn't tell a reporter with a camera that you hated playing for that coach. and you hated the other players. and you hated playing for that city. you looked into the camera, wearing a suit, and your hair combed. and you said...i enjoyed my time playing for so and so. i learned a lot. i wish the team and its fans nothing but the best, you didn't have to mean it, but it was what you said. times were different maybe. things may still be changing.
I think it was Crash Davis in "Bull Durham" who said something akin to, "Know your cliches cold. You'll need them every day when you make the Show. Nobody cares what you really think, so if the reporters ask you questions, you gotta know your cliches". That's a paraphrase, btw.
There are a lot of areas in society in general where the 'honour system' is no longer being observed...I will not bore everyone here with a laundry list, we can all think of some good examples: on the job, out on the road, in the store. Nobody wants to play by the rules anymore and it's only cheating if you get caught, right?
Bonds is, as Chris said, the epitome of a non-team player...at least as far as the general public can see...and he has now supplanted an honest and team-oriented man for whom most people who follow baseball have the utmost respect. Henry Aaron is the reason I started watching baseball in the first place...Oh, well...gotta go to work. I'll have more on this later.