Barry Bonds is on the Giants Wall of Fame outside of AT&T Park now. There were 48 players on the wall, from Johnnie LeMaster to Marvin Benard to Bobby Bonds, and now there are 49. This honoree happens to be one of the best baseball players ever to play.
Bonds addressed the crowd, which looked to be a few hundred fans deep, and he did not stare into the cameras and growl that he was coming for the Hall of Fame next before flipping over the podium. I admire his restraint.
If you’re looking for a gigantic, adult Nikolai Bonds to make yourself feel old and frail, then I suggest you watch some of the pre-game ceremonies on Facebook, in which he catches the first pitch from his dad.
The ceremony was a little bittersweet, in that it was great to see Bonds, great to see him honored and applauded, but it was also a reminder that he’s still a plaque short.
Jim Ray Hart
Barry Damned Bonds
Looks good. Looks mighty good.