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.