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Giants Try To Erase Bonds

by robertanchor (writer), San Mateo., March 29, 2008

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Today Barry Bond’s, who was once revered as a symbol of greatness for the Giants Franchise, now is represented around the stadium no more.

It was just last season that the world held witness to one baseball’s greatest, yet most controversial feats, as Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit home run 756 to break Hank Aaron’s all time record of 755.  Today Barry Bond’s, who was once revered as a symbol of greatness for the Giants Franchise, now is represented around the stadium no more. AT&T Park, which at one point proudly presented itself as the home of the new home run king, by placing banners praising Bond’s chase for the record on the field wall and throughout the stadium, has recently removed all signs of bonds accomplishments. ESPN.com reports; “There are no "756" signs -- signifying the home run he hit to break Aaron's record -- anywhere in the park, in fact. A team spokeswoman said the Giants would put up a plaque to note where he had hit his last homer with the team.”

Now at the age of 43, Bonds now remains a free agent, and although bonds has sated that he is healthy and ready to play, team president Peter Magowan has made it said that the giants would not be receiving Bonds back, even if it were to be at a reduced price. Magowan’s new train of thought for the team is to start heading in a new direction, a direction that does not include Bonds. Bonds current legal problems have come to play a big part non-the less, as they continue to bring more scrutiny to the current all time home run leader. However, it will be interesting to see how fans react to the team’s actions towards Bond’s, especially after he brought so much revenue to the Franchise last season.

Even though I do not think many people will pity Bonds for being used and thrown away, because he did make his money in the process. I do think however, there will be fans out their who will be disgusted by how the Giants Franchise has seemed to have used bonds to bring in revenue and national attention, and there after made efforts to erase his presence all together.

With the season just around the corner it will be interesting to see where the loyalties of the fan’s lie, and how the fans will view and react to the integrity of the Franchise’s actions.



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By D. E. Carson on March 30, 2008 at 01:03 am

Frankly, I'm glad Bonds is leaving San Francisco.  So what if it took Magowan to essentially kick Bonds' butt out.  Believe me, Bonds got off light versus what he really deserves.  Now if we could just get him to leave baseball all together and take his 756 alleged home run with him the whole game would be better off.  Last summer he threw a temper tantrum over his incompetence and even underscored it with this statement: “It's an embarrassment for me to be wearing this (expletive deleted) uniform 'cause of the way I'm playing. There, that's it. Now go away.”  Shortly after making that statement, I wrote an article explaining how he doesn't deserve to be regarded as a role model or a hero (http://www.broowaha.com/article.php?id=2008) and how he had single-handed tarnished the spirit of baseball for as long as he dares show his face in a ball park.

A stab in the back?  Bonds got a kick in the butt which he totally deserved.

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By robertanchor on March 30, 2008 at 04:27 pm

To all three of you that commented recently. I think that what has happened to Baseball is disturbing, tragic, and disgusting. It is easy to point fingers at players, and the franchises that allowed them to get away with what they did, especially if those franchises knew what was going on in their clubs, but did nothing to stop it with hopes that it would go on just enough to make a good amount of money. I think it's obvious that both the players and the franchises deserve equal blame, and shame, but the person who's at the head of this growing problem is the commissioner Bud Selig for allowing the players and the franchise owners to run the league at their own will. Every time they talk on t.v. about what Selig has been doing to help investigators solve the steroids problem I laugh, because the man is so hypocritical by trying to support the fixing of a problem that many of us know he knowingly allowed to happen (ex. the McGwire, Sosa home run race) just to gain a financial profit from we the fans. In a way Selig has played the part of judas in this situation, due to the way he, who was supposed to help better the game, in fact turned turned his back on it, and fooled all of us fans into believing that what we were witnessing was real.

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By robertanchor on March 30, 2008 at 04:39 pm

What ever happened to the idea that "No One Is Above The Game"

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By Gary Schwind on March 30, 2008 at 08:54 pm

As much as we'd like to think that this is some personal betrayal, it's not. The Giants kept Bonds while he was pursuing Hank Aaron's record. Now that Bonds a) has the record, b) is closer to retirement than his prime, c) demands more money than he is really worth, and d) has legal entanglements, the solid business decision is to let him go. That's all.

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By D. E. Carson on March 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Ed: sorry to burst your bubble, but frankly, Bonds was about as ungrateful as they come.  He pranced around the Giants' locker room like he was God's gift to baseball.  I remember when Ozzie Smith used to put butts in seats at Busch Stadium just by doing a back-flip when he was introduced.  He didn't do anything special, just gave us some entertainment and made going to the game fun, regardless of how well or poorly the Cardinals were doing.  Bonds on the other hand defiled the spirit of the game and as far as I'm concerned.  Any good he may have done before the steroids was obliterated once the steroid use came to light.  In its simplest form, using steroids is cheating.  Pete Rose got banned for life because he laid down a little money -- even barred him from ever getting into Cooperstown.  How was that cheating?  It wasn't like Rose was tampering with the possible outcome of the game itself, he was just looking to have a little extra fun, but oh my God, look at the death penalty he got served.  If Bonds is given any less for doping than what Rose got for gambling, then something is seriously wrong.  I didn't set the standard -- MLB did and if gambling is serious enough to keep Rose out of Cooperstown, then so should be doping.  Does that mean McGwire should give back his 62-70 single season HRs?  Probably.  Would it hurt to see that happen?  Sure it would, but it would also require Bonds to give back his 71 & 72 as well.

Sorry, but this is another case of right versus wrong and I have no sympathy for anyone who intentionally does wrong and Bonds did wrong.  As for accusing me of being ungrateful -- hardly.  I'm grateful that I live in America and that I have the choice to do what is right and not do what is wrong.  Barry Bonds is grateful for nothing that I can see.

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