Inner focus drives Bonds

In winning his fourth straight MVP award, Barry Bonds had a remarkable year and put aside tremendous scrutiny.

Originally Published: November 15, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

How does he do it?

How does Barry Bonds shut it all out and play?

How can this man possibly do the things he does with the BALCO tornado forever darkening his skies? With a league full of managers who would rather get fired than pitch to him? With that soundtrack of boos and wisecracks that follow him through every baseball town in America?

It can't be as easy as he makes it look. We know that.

We also know, of course, that Bonds brings most of this upon himself.

He ...

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