Friday, February 23, 2007

Thin Line Between Hopeful and Delusional

From "He'll be there: Bonds likely to be part of All-Star game festivities" at

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Even if Barry Bonds is not an All-Star this season, Giants owner Peter Magowan expects the slugger to take part in festivities for baseball's summer classic in his home ballpark.

Magowan hopes that Bonds' godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, will be a big part of the July event in San Francisco. Yet Magowan would rather No. 25 is in uniform and playing for the NL roster and World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa.

"If Willie is going to get honored, as I think he will, Barry will have some role to play there," Magowan said Friday during a wide-ranging interview in the dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. "But what I hope instead will happen is he is chosen to be on the All-Star team, and I feel he will be. I feel he will have earned his spot both by what he's done in the game and by what he will have done this year."

...In the case that Bonds isn't voted into his 14th All-Star game, Magowan said the Giants will incorporate their 42-year-old left fielder and cleanup hitter. Everyone around the Giants is happy to see that Bonds is completely healthy and in great shape this spring training.


Steve Sax said...

I agree with Magowan that Bonds should be involved in the All-Star festivities, particularly the All-Star Fan Fest. Maybe they can have a dunk tank where people can throw baseballs at his steroid-enhanced, oversized head and watch him fall into the bay. Or they could have people stand around Barry and play "spot the entourage member." Or they can have a special Milwaukee Miller Park-like sausage race in which Barry chases teammate Sweeney all over the field, trying to rat him out for "giving him steroids."

Barry is not going to get voted in from the DL. Let him sink.