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Barry Bonds was at the Giants game on Monday on some sort of political junket. He’s trying to shine up his image or promote himself for the Hall of Fame or get a job with the Giants. I don’t know. He made himself available to sportswriters. I did not make myself available to him. He didn’t want to talk to me when he was a player and I don’t want to talk to him now. I believe everything he does has a purpose and that purpose is to promote himself. I do not believe he is sincere. I am happy not to talk to him. He smiled a lot and posed for photos with people in the stands like someone running for mayor. This is my interpretation and I could be wrong — the convicted felon was acting the way he thinks nice people act. But it was an act.

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  1. Marshall

    I heard him come on KNBR with Kuip during the game. It was nauseating. The game took a back seat to his own musings on how he’s started cycling and swimming. It was all about Barry, but I suppose in his mind it’s always been about Barry. I think you’re spot on with your interpretation.

    May 28th, 2012 10:10 pm

  2. TrojanHoss

    Agreed. I wanted to chunder during the interview with Kuip.

    May 29th, 2012 12:40 am

  3. Johnc

    Can’t blame you for the way you feel. He mistreated reporters and others as a player.
    I marveled at his talent ..best swing I have ever seen.
    Giants cut him loose too soon because they were chicken about pending courtroom drama when they had no one as good as him .Felt that they cheated fans of winning when he still could perform better than anyone on the roster.

    May 29th, 2012 2:11 am

  4. Clay

    This is why I couldn’t root for the Giants while Barry Bonds was still on the team. Thankfully he left.

    May 29th, 2012 7:55 am

  5. Frank in Minnesota

    Actually, it’s nice to see Barry act nice, i just do not believe the entire act. Some of it, yes…and i have heard him do kind things to individuals who are sick or needy,too. That’s the great Barry, nice Barry..but over-all, he was not a nice person as a ball player and how acted during his professional career has been well documented. Not sure how to react to him, maybe disappointed,really.

    May 29th, 2012 8:02 am

  6. Tommy CostaRica

    Lowell, sometimes you get caught up the “I’m a professional writer” identity and judge situations by how they look through your writer goggles. I think have judged Bonds by personal issues that you have had with him and not the fact that many of us feel blessed to have witnessed his legacy as the greatest home run hitter of all time! Your take on him was so negative it made me feel bad just reading it! Then I read Kawakami from the San Jose Mercury and wow, what a difference. He said, “It’s good for everybody to leave the tensions of the past behind.” and continued to write only a positive yet truthful article about Bond’s visit to the park yesterday. Here’s the link: http://www.mercurynews.com/tim-kawakami/ci_20729509/tim-kawakami-san-francisco-giants-clubhouse-barry-bonds?nstrack=sid:8536472|met:100|cat:122|order:1

    May 29th, 2012 8:41 am

  7. Stan

    He doesn’t bother me. Maybe Lowell-you have to cut him some slack for being obnoxious. It might have been the drugs talking. And that’s no joke.
    I was surprised that his voice sounded..different. Big bad Barry sounded like a nerd. If he can help the Giants ,why not?

    May 29th, 2012 9:08 am

  8. Stan

    .And that change of Barry’s voice to a higher pitch?. We all know the after effects. Take pity on the guy.
    Only if Motown was still going..he could rival Smokey…
    THAT was a joke-hee.

    May 29th, 2012 9:12 am

  9. Steve

    Barry being Barry, Manny being Manny, ad nauseum. These types are all cut out of the same mold, cheaters, liars, pampered athletes completely out of touch with the real world. When they have to function in the real world they try to polish up their ACT, only to find that it doesn’t work. Yeah Bonds was a great player and contributed many thrilling moments to Giants history, but the Giants only won the big game when he was gone. Team chemistry isn’t the end all be all of winning, but does anyone think the Giants would have won the World Series if Bonds had been on the team? Well maybe, because many Giants fans do not live in the real world of sports. I’m with you Lowell, keep him and his massive ego away from this team.

    May 29th, 2012 9:57 am

  10. Capts

    He has lost 30-40 lbs of mostly muscle and it’s because of “cycling?” Right.

    May 29th, 2012 10:32 am

  11. Stan

    Larry Krueger admonished “Any sportswriter who wont vote for Bonds because Barry hurt your feelings by his locker 12-13 years ago”..he said some other things that sounded like he had one person in mind.

    Who would that be?

    May 29th, 2012 10:39 am

  12. glenellen

    Yes, I thought his voice was different also.

    May 29th, 2012 11:27 am

  13. Dave T

    Lowell, I certainly can’t argue in any way with your take on the situatuion or speak intelligently to how he treated you or any other sportswriter when he was a player. I did take the time to read an article on ESPN.com regarding his take on life, where he is and what he is doing now. I do not have the link to it, but I found it interesting and insightful. The gist of it was simply Barry Bonds felt that baseball was and is entertainment. That it was his job to get people to “the show”. And that whether you loved him or loathed him, if you came to “the show”, watched it on TV or even talked about him or the game, then he had dobe his job. Hard to disagree with that in some ways. I for one think it will be interesting to see how this all progresses as we get further and further from his playing days, if for no other reason than to see what happens simply because he was and still is such a polarizing figure in the game.

    May 29th, 2012 12:57 pm

  14. Bray

    Everybody’s got an act of some sort, so what? His is just more obvious than most. He lacks people skills, just like most ‘other people’ do. It actually makes me sick to hear all of the severe judgment tossed around, like he did something to their sister or something. Puleeeez!

    He should be able to help a couple of these young guys with commanding the strike zone and line of sight techniques, i.e. staying in the box.

    May 29th, 2012 1:15 pm

  15. Sean Nolan

    But we want you to talk to him, so we stay current. You’re forgetting your audience, making it personal.

    May 29th, 2012 1:48 pm

  16. mike

    Sorry, but for those of you who call Bonds the greatest home run hitter of all time…..I laugh. What a stinking joke!! The steroid era has ruined the sanctity and hallowed halls of baseball statistics and greatness of the game. I remember sitting in the stands at Seals Stadium back in 1958 when the Giants first came to town and grew up with the DiMaggio families in the Bay Area in the late 40s and 50s and played ball with lots of them, and with the DiMaggio brothers and Mays and the Say Hey gang there was greatness just in how they carried themselves and how they revered the game.

    Bonds tossed all of that out the window despite how many times his godfather (Mays), his dad, Bobby, Cepeda, the Alou brothers and McCovey used to spend with him honing his skills as a kid hanging out at the ball park.

    Bonds is all about Bonds and trying to sanitize his reputation that tarnished his stats.

    If Bud Selig had any pelotes, he would asterisk that whole era of Bonds, McGwire, etc., regardless of their cries for acknowledgement of their tainted achievements.

    I have no respect for what Bonds “accomplished” while juiced and on the cream.

    If you have any doubts, look at his pictures when he was with the Pirates and compare those with his pix of his juiced years.

    You don’t increase your hat size by one whole size and your shoe size by one whole size at 31 years of age because of a late growth spurt.

    May 29th, 2012 2:41 pm

  17. James

    I liked what Shawn estes said today on 95.7. Willie Mays was known to give his all on the field and did not have much energy for relationships off the field. He gave back to the game of baseball after he retired and hopefully Bonds is following in his Godfather’s footsteps. Baseball needs it.

    May 29th, 2012 4:23 pm

  18. KauaiRobert

    It worked for McGuire…
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    *ALOHA*

    May 29th, 2012 4:36 pm

  19. chris

    good for you Lowell. Bonds needs to be kept away from the game for a while so he can think about what he and the others did to hurt the game. But he’s obviously clueless to that fact……Kuip was on KNBR this morning kissing Barry’s ass…….him and Kruk just totally ignore how Barry teated people and stand by him constantly…..Makes me want to barf when I hear that from those two.

    May 29th, 2012 9:44 pm

  20. Albert Park

    Here’s another vote for keeping Barry Bonds as far away from the Giants as possible. He was Mr. Unpopular back in the day and still is. He would bring his negative vibes and massive ego back to a clubhouse that doesn’t need them.

    May 30th, 2012 12:16 am

  21. MattH

    Lowell – all you are saying is that you don’t want to speak to him and that you don’t believe or buy his “act” … both of which are your prerogative. I want to know if you think the Giants management should give him a role w/ the team?

    May 30th, 2012 12:39 pm

  22. CohnZohn

    MattH, Giants management does not seem eager to give Bonds a role right now. He is appealing his conviction and is right now a convicted felon. Let’s see what happens with his appeal. I do think there could be a role for him, but later, not now.

    May 30th, 2012 1:01 pm

  23. Dave T

    Lowell, your last comment was well said. Let’s let him complete his judicial process and then perhaps there is a role for him.

    As far as judging the entire “era”, I believe it is grossly unfair to hold any one player accountable for it. Until we (meaning fans, sportswriters and even MLB) can definitively say who and who did not use anything that falls out of bounds, then we are simply left with what we have, the numbers. I think I recall hearing one “pre steroid era” player of all star and HOF credential caliber saying that they had taken “greenies” just to be able to get back on the field due the toll of the day to day grind of the regular season. Of which taking those would be banned in today’s MLB world. Someday perhaps this will all be put to rest, but as much as I want to believe that I think this debate and the athletes driven desire to perform at the highest level will rage on and on, far after us all are long gone.

    May 30th, 2012 2:07 pm

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