Most of us found federal prosecutors' decision to present evidence of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds' allegedly shrunken testicles a bit gauche. Granted, the size of Bonds' balls is relevant: The government hopes to prove that he used performance-enhancing steroids that diminished his private parts, and thus committed perjury when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he didn't take the drug.
The pause comes at a consequential juncture in Bonds' trial. Prosecutors say that over the weekend they discovered an audiotape of Bonds' former business partner discussing his steroid use with Dr. Arthur King. Such a tape could counter assertions Ting made on the witness stand last week that such conversations did not take place.