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jmcclain19
03-24-2007, 03:33 PM
Or not
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=61



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I drove into Phoenix high on the proximity of a new baseball season and had an enjoyable day at Giants camp, though one prominent player did his best to temper my Arizona enthusiasm.

After visiting the Giants’ minor league complex, I decided to try and catch the end of their game against Oakland with hopes of chatting with Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum.

One of benefits of spring training is that they open the locker rooms during the game so that reporters can talk with players who are done for the day while the game is still going on. I got to the Giants’ locker room in the seventh inning and fortunately caught up with Sanchez as he was about to leave for the day.

Other than clubhouse attendants prepping for post game, the clubhouse was sparsely populated, though Barry Bonds was conspicuously chatting with a couple of other unidentified men. Let’s be honest, anything Bonds does is conspicuous at this point.

By the time I was done talking to Sanchez, it was pretty much just Bonds and myself in the clubhouse and I figured I would just wait for Lincecum down there as Bonds dressed and ate a sandwich. It is hot in Arizona and it is air-conditioned in the clubhouse, it seemed like an easy choice.

Being fully aware of Bonds’ adversarial relationship with the media, I figured there would be no problems as long as I was minding my business. While I have some experience with big league locker rooms, I am far more comfortable in the minor league locker room where a reporters’ presence is often met with excitement and rarely disdain.

After about 10 minutes of looking everywhere but Bonds’ direction, I heard someone address me from across the room.

“You waiting for someone?”

It was Barry.

“Yeah, Tim Lincecum,” I replied as nonchalantly as I could.

“Well is he pitching?” Bonds asked.

“I don’t think so,” I said.

“If he is not pitching then he is not going to be down here until after the game,” Bonds said.

“The game is almost over, I figured I would just wait here,” I said while not pointing out that Sanchez had not pitched but had left early.

Bonds paused for a moment and I thought it was over.

“Well, you can’t just stand there,” he said firmly with a stern look.

I thought about my options for a couple of seconds. I knew that no one else was bothered by my presence and that it was within my rights as a media member to stand there if I wanted to. However, I also knew that I did not want to end up as the lead story on SportsCenter. I had already spotted ESPN Bonds’ correspondent Pedro Gomez, so I knew it was a possibility. Figuring that escalating the confrontation was not in my best interest, I calmly walked out of the locker room knowing that I could come back in 20 minutes to talk to Lincecum.

Unfortunately, when I walked into the clubhouse moments after the game ended

Lincecum had already dressed and left.

One might say that it was a case of a reporter who should have stood his ground, but it was just as much of a case of this generation’s greatest player living up to his obnoxious reputation.

dougdirt
03-24-2007, 03:53 PM
I would have left too. Bonds may have gone into roid rage and ripped his head clean off.

jojo
03-24-2007, 03:58 PM
I would have left too. Bonds may have gone into roid rage and ripped his head clean off.

Thats an alleged roid rage and may have allegedly ripped his head clean off....

:cool:

guttle11
03-24-2007, 04:56 PM
I don't know, If some random dude is just hanging out in what's supposed to be my personal space, I'd be upset, too. It's a different scenario than if he were actually interviewing someone.

TeamBoone
03-24-2007, 08:10 PM
I don't know, If some random dude is just hanging out in what's supposed to be my personal space, I'd be upset, too. It's a different scenario than if he were actually interviewing someone.

Yes and no. He obviously wasn't bothering him. AND... the press does have 100% access to the clubhouse, a rule that I personally hate as the guys don't even have one minute to moan and groan about the game, the other team, or their own game plans when they've gone sour without the media there to hear (and quote) their every word/move.

Thus, the press rule being what it is, Bonds was out of line.

MWM
03-25-2007, 01:50 AM
So the locker room is "Bonds' personal space?" The guy had every right to be there.

Cedric
03-25-2007, 03:42 AM
The guy is a cancer for the sport. I can't wait until the man is forever gone and forgotten. He is everything the game shouldn't be.

Caveat Emperor
03-25-2007, 04:01 AM
I don't know, If some random dude is just hanging out in what's supposed to be my personal space, I'd be upset, too. It's a different scenario than if he were actually interviewing someone.

You mean, as opposed to Pedro Gomez -- who draws a check from Bristol just to stand around hanging in Bonds' personal space?

doug flynn
03-25-2007, 05:16 AM
Gomez hangs from Bond's very personal space...

savafan
03-25-2007, 05:23 AM
The guy is a cancer for the sport. I can't wait until the man is forever gone and forgotten. He is everything the game shouldn't be.

The guy is a cancer period. He's a disgrace to his gender, race, and species.

cincrazy
03-25-2007, 02:53 PM
I'm disappointed that the guy left. I'm a senior at Ohio State majoring in journalism, and covering major league baseball is my dream job. If i felt it necessary to be in the clubhouse in order to do my job at that particular moment, Mr. Bonds would have had to physically remove me from the clubhouse. He's nothing but a bully that's been pushing people around for years. I can't believe people let that piece of crap push them around.

guttle11
03-25-2007, 03:01 PM
You mean, as opposed to Pedro Gomez -- who draws a check from Bristol just to stand around hanging in Bonds' personal space?

There's a difference. Pedro has been around Bonds for a very long time, while the other guy had not. With a guy like Bonds, comfortability is everything.

I realize that members of the media have full access to the clubhouse, but so do the cleaning crew in many office buildings and hotels. I'd be a little weirded out if one of them were standing right in my office doorway. There's far worse things you can use to vilify Barry Bonds.

doug flynn
03-25-2007, 03:03 PM
I'd be careful cincrazy...that forehead makes me think Bonds is genetically linked to the cape buffalo.

Jr's Boy
03-25-2007, 03:33 PM
The guy is a cancer period. He's a disgrace to his gender, race, and species.



Pretty harsh statements there my friend.So does that make me a disgrace for liking one of the best hitters ever to play the game?

Handofdeath
03-25-2007, 04:24 PM
The guy is a cancer period. He's a disgrace to his gender, race, and species.



Pretty harsh statements there my friend.So does that make me a disgrace for liking one of the best hitters ever to play the game?

IMO, that doesn't make you a disgrace at all. However I do question your standards.

RFS62
03-25-2007, 06:49 PM
I can separate his game from his personality.

He has the greatest home run stroke of all time. It's a thing of beauty to study. No doubt, he's chemically enhanced. None the less, his stroke is the most efficient and deadly move I've ever seen.

None of that excuses his behavior, though. He's one of the biggest horses' behinds in MLB history.

savafan
03-25-2007, 06:58 PM
The guy is a cancer period. He's a disgrace to his gender, race, and species.



Pretty harsh statements there my friend.So does that make me a disgrace for liking one of the best hitters ever to play the game?

No, because even though I said those things, I too enjoy watching him play baseball.

smith288
03-26-2007, 11:41 PM
The guy is a cancer period. He's a disgrace to his gender, race, and species.



Pretty harsh statements there my friend.So does that make me a disgrace for liking one of the best hitters ever to play the game?
Yea. Probably the worst person ever..

http://griffinshockey.com.ismmedia.com/ISM2/10%20Years/150Kip.jpg

;) (i also question your standards though...)

VR
03-27-2007, 01:04 AM
I had the joy of attending a Giants/ Cubs ST game a few years ago. Bonds and Sosa were chatting between home and the mound before the game. A dad and his little kid were trying to get their attention for an autograph...finally someone came out of the dugout and took the kids ball over to have them autograph it. Bonds basically gave the guy a look like he just interupted the pope, while Sosa pretended he wasn't there.

The dude took the kids ball back and shrugged his shoulders.

Idiots.

savafan
03-27-2007, 02:40 AM
Bonds basically gave the guy a look like he just interupted the pope

The pope probably would have signed the ball.

WMR
03-27-2007, 03:23 AM
As a future attorney, I would have recommended in the strongest of terms that that writer hold his ground. Might have been enough to pay for his summer home in Nantucket and put his kids through Harvard; all in one fell swoop. ;)

Ravenlord
03-27-2007, 03:31 AM
The pope probably would have signed the ball.

John Paul II would have...but this one's Benedict to a lot of people.

;)

RFS62
03-27-2007, 08:28 AM
As a future attorney, I would have recommended in the strongest of terms that that writer hold his ground. Might have been enough to pay for his summer home in Nantucket and put his kids through Harvard; all in one fell swoop. ;)


I hope you're kidding.

As much as I despise Bonds, this kind of thinking saddens me.

No wonder athletes are increasingly afraid of the general public.

Yachtzee
03-27-2007, 01:16 PM
I hope you're kidding.

As much as I despise Bonds, this kind of thinking saddens me.

No wonder athletes are increasingly afraid of the general public.

I think the wink was meant to indicate that he was kidding. I think Bonds is well aware of where and when the press can and can't go and he's just using his size and reputation to bully someone. I think he gets a kind of joy out of his bad boy reputation with the press. I highly doubt that it would have come to a fight and I think that if the reporter had stood his ground, Bonds would have probably just made some snarky comment and gone back to what he was doing. Bonds is a lot of things, but I have yet to hear him pull a Kenny Rogers or an Albert Belle on someone.