Make No Mistake — Barry Bonds Is Still An Incredible A-Hole
I covered several Giants games for a local newspaper during Barry Bonds' playing heyday, and one of the images I remember best is his big recliner in the players' lounge. While his teammates were in the locker room talking with the press following games, Bonds would be in the back, reclining in his big chair, refusing to talk with anyone.
But he was also a big jerk in so many other ways -- it was made clear from the outset that this was Barry's world, and we just lived in it. A lot of us figured that part of his personality disorder was due to the steroids -- it was the cream and/or the clear talking on any given day. But was it?
Bonds has done a lot to rehabilitate his image since retiring as a player -- granting more interviews, joking with people and generally becoming more open and friendly. He got a job this season as hitting instructor with the Marlins, and in general has striven to become a brighter Barry.
But make no mistake -- deep down he's still the reticent asshole he always was.
The Dodgers' Joc Pederson -- who grew up in Palo Alto, just about 30 miles south of San Francisco and 15 miles from Barry's old haunts in San Carlos (Pederson went to the same high school as Jeremy Lin) -- had an interesting Bonds story that he told on Fox Sports Live on Wednesday.
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"He just kind of turned his back and walked off. I stood there awkwardly, like, oh frick. I don't know how I played that day, I was pretty devastated."
Host: "Not cool, Barry."
It's not Barry's job to take pictures with everyone he encounters -- even if they're a Bay Area Peninsula paisan who grew up practically within walking distance of where he did. But there's a way to handle these things if you're a member of the human race, with, you know, a soul. I once asked to take a picture with Joe Montana and he declined, but he was nice about it, almost apologetic. That's because Montana possesses the empathy gene, which Bonds obviously doesn't.
Bonds wants you to think he's changed. But somewhere in the dark recesses of his mind he's still in that lounge recliner, with the dial set to "massage ego", wondering what you can do for him.
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