Slugger Barry Bonds should be getting ready for opening day.
Instead, Bonds and his lawyers are busy monitoring the trial of a former elite cyclist on the same perjury charges that Bonds faces in connection with the nationwide steroids ring investigation.
The Associated Press, via Law.com, has this dispatch on the trial of Tammy Thomas that is getting under way this morning in San Francisco's federal courthouse, which could provide Bonds' legal team a road map to the prosecutors' handling of his own case.
Eight people have pleaded guilty to drug charges or perjury in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, investigation. Celebrities already snared include track legend Marion Jones and former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield.
New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens is also in the sights of investigators looking at whether he committed perjury when he told Congress he never used steroids.
Thomas is the first to go to trial. Bonds was indicted on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction for allegedly lying to the grand jury about his drug use.