Barry Bonds puts his Giants uniform back on
Barry Bonds strolled into the Giants' locker room today, for the first time the organization has touched him with a 10-foot pole since 2007. The unsolicited father figures of the media began their judgement of the debated home run king almost immediately.
Barry Bonds walked into coaches room. So far seems friendlier and a tad thinner than before.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 10, 2014
Bonds was candid with reporters, choosing not to talk about their favorite topic - steroids - saying he'd already done so in court. Once in a while, he'd get a question unrelated to them, and have the chance to say what he was doing there.
Having already worked with hitters like Ryan Howard and Dexter Fowler, Bonds is in camp to teach San Francisco's young hitters what he knows about offense, which is a lot, though in his limited experience, as he claimed, he doesn't know if he's a good coach yet.
"Come pick my brain" -- Barry Bonds, to the youngsters in Giants camp pic.twitter.com/jvMQSSpMm3— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) March 10, 2014
However much looking over their glasses was done by the press, the players were endlessly welcoming. Hunter Pence claimed to be a fan from his younger days, saying he had a Bonds poster up in his room as a kid, and the slugger is the entire reason he chokes up. Brandon Belt cornered him for a discussion. Bruce Bochy was excited to see him.
Then, of course, the big question; the one that everyone was in the room for:
So far, the level of sanctimony has remained admirably low. But the preseason is young.