After playing a three-game set in San Francisco over the weekend, the Pirates and Giants have flown cross-country to make up two rained out contests. The Pittsburgh Baseball Club will welcome Barry Bonds with open arms tonight, having planned a video tribute to the expatriated slugger to celebrate his breaking of the home-run record.
But John Steigerwald says our fans should show Barry all the respect he deserves by booing his ass out of town:
If you go to [Monday’s doubleheader], be sure to give Barry a long, hard boo. …
Boo him for Paul Scott and Joseph Lang … the long-time groundskeepers at PNC Park and Three Rivers Stadium who were killed by a drunk driver on their way to prepare PNC Park for opening day in April of 2002. They were both well known and well liked not only by the Pirates players but many of the players on visiting teams. They were also well liked by the photographers who work in the area next to the Pirates’ dugout.
Not long after they died, Peter Diana, a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, got together with a group of people who knew Lang and Scott and decided to raise money for their families.
All the players who were asked to cooperate did so without hesitation.
When Diana approached Bonds, who had known both Lang and Scott, and told him about the auction and asked him to sign a few items, he said, “I don’t sign for nobody.”
That’s why Diana is quoted on the inside cover of the book, “Love Me Hate Me: Barry Bonds And The Making Of An Anti-Hero.” Diana’s quote: “Personally, I hope he (Bonds) dies.”
We’ve heard in the past all the stories of Barry Bonds’ icy personality. He was never the best teammate, and he distanced himself from the media. No one has attempted to defend his worth as a human being; his most vocal supporters recognize his skill as a ballplayer, not as a person.
I’ll continue to believe that he’s the greatest hitter the game has ever seen, but I appreciate him less with each passing day.
Dejan Kovacevic writes in this morning’s Post-Gazette that Bonds’ status for this evening’s games is unknown. He may or may not play, but at the very least he should make an on-field appearance for the tribute.