September 25, 2007
Bonds not a Giant amongst men
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
Everyone who has had enough of Barry Bonds' shtick, raise your hand.
My hand is up ... way up.
The San Francisco Giants did the right thing by giving their longtime slugger the courtesy of an early heads-up that he will not be signed by the club next season. But what does Bonds do? He blogs on his website about how he has been wronged.
It seems Bonds wanted to do the farewell tour with the Giants next season and is miffed that the ballclub put the kibosh on that plan. You have to give the team props for giving him a chance to have a last at bat or two before he hangs up the black and orange.
Bonds will land somewhere next year, likely in the American League as a designated hitter with his defensive skills all but history. His paycheque, no doubt, will match his inflated opinion of himself, wherever he may land.
No clubhouse is safe from this guy if the tales of Bonds' egomaniacal behavior is even remotely factual.
Legend has it that he considers himself to be above the rules of a team environment -- and to prove that he makes himself right at home, setting up a living room where for others a simple locker stall will do.
The guy has even had it written into contracts that he requires special training staff allowed into the team environment exclusively for his use.
His behaviour is so extreme I can only imagine the terms a team might write into a future deal to quell some of this shtick.
Further proof of how this guy just can't let anything go is how he reacted to the fan who paid almost $800 for the 756th home run ball. The purchaser, hip-hop fashion mogul Marc Ecko, has set up a website -- vote756.com -- where fans vote on what the fate of this baseball should be:
- Send it to the Hall of Fame as is.
- Brand it with an asterisk and mail it to Cooperstown
- Blast it into outer space.
Bonds calls Ecko "an idiot."
Like the ball, I believe Bonds is destined for Cooperstown and if you ask me it should happen sooner rather than later -- we can get the "*" in there and move on.
-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.