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Old 06-03-2005, 09:50 AM   #1
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Red face Kittle and Bonds

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Ron Kittle is no fan of Barry Bonds not after his tense encounter with the slugger at Wrigley Field in 1993. Here's an excerpt from Kittle's book, describing how he approached Bonds with a couple of Bonds' game-worn San Francisco Giants road jerseys, asking him to autograph them for an auction for Kittle's charity for children with cancer:

"I paid about $110 of my own money for them, so they could be auctioned off at the golf outing. I did that all the time for stars like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens. When I tell them how their autographs help the cause, every player gladly signs with one exception.

I walked up to Bonds at his locker in the Wrigley Field visitors' clubhouse, introduced myself and said, "Barry, if you sign these, they'll bring in a lot of money for kids who need help."

Bonds stood up, looked me in the eye and said, "I don't sign for white people." If lightning hits me today, I will swear those were his exact words. Matt Williams and other Giants were in the room and they heard what Bonds said.

I stood there for a minute, and the veins in my neck were popping. I've only been that mad a few times in my life. I was going to beat the (heck) out of him, really kick his (butt), but Williams saw what was happening, so he came over and got between us. Matt said, "Ron, that's just the way he is."

I said, "White guys aren't the only ones who get cancer," but Bonds had turned his back on me and walked out of the clubhouse. Somebody must have run in and alerted Dusty Baker, who was the manager of the Giants then.

So Dusty came out of his office, put his arm around me, gave me a big old hug and said, "Aw, Kitty, he's just got that (bad) attitude again." Dusty gave me an autographed team ball for the auction, but I never got the Bonds jerseys signed. Later, I gave one of them to Scott Paulson, the Wilson sporting goods representative, and shredded the other one. But that day, I drove from Wrigley Field at about 150 miles per hour and sat there, fuming.


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Old 06-03-2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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Gee, I'd never expect anything like that from Bonds.
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Back when Barry made his major march on the baseball consciousness a bunch of screwball sports "journalists" tried the the usual hero worship style of reporting about Bonds. The usual tripe of "he's misunderstood", "he's been dealt with unfairly", "look at all the good things he does behind the scenes", and "he's matured". Several of us took a lot of crap about disputing the theory of the "new" Bonds.

The guy was an ass when he came up, he was an ass during the middle of his career, he was an ass when he really exploded into our consciousness, and he an ass now. Nothing is going to change that. Let's not confuse the two things. If you wish to admire his greatness as a player, please do so. Afterall he is a great player. Just don't send out the message he is also a great person. He is not.

And don't roll out the Ty Cobb argument either. Great Player and a really flawed person. Barry may be a better person but that is damnation with faint praise.
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Old 06-06-2005, 03:23 PM   #4
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I always find it interesting that someone can blame many of their woes on racism and then are one themselves. And, because he is black (read "minority"), no one calls him on it. Great player and asshole, yes.

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The whole race issue is interesting, but that's an issue for a different forum
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Barry speaks: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2081489
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Again, Bonds hurts his credibility even in the way he refutes the statement. Instead of saying it's untrue, he has to first take shots at Kittle, which doesn't make his denial any more believable.
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*EXTRA EXTRA NEWSFLASH *

BONDS IS A JERK

Whew, glad we reported that - we didn't know previously
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