Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, and the man convicted of obstruction of justice last spring, attended the Diamondbacks-Giants game on Monday as part of charity work through Big Brothers and Sisters of the Bay Area.
He also recently met with Giants president and CEO Larry Bear about working for his former club in some capacity. But while Bonds has generally been a fan favorite in his home park, his legacy remains in limbo as court proceedings and speculation of his alleged performance-enhancing drug use linger.
“I gave my life and soul to that game. That’s what’s heartbreaking. That’s the hard part of it,” Bonds said. “My (reputation) was kind of iffy anyway. I created that guy out there for entertainment only. Whether you hated me or liked me, you were there. And I only wanted you there. I just wanted you to see the show. That was it.”
When asked about his April 2011 obstruction of justice conviction and his connection to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, Bonds said: “Do I have any regrets? What happened happened. It’s there. It is what it is. I live with it. I’m a convicted felon for obstruction of justice, and that’s who I am. I live with it.”
What role Bonds could play for San Francisco is unclear, although it likely wouldn’t begin until next season at the earliest. He has a personal services contract which the team said could go into effect after his legal proceedings are behind him. But Bonds feels he could be of some use now, too.
“If Lincecum wants the answers, I’ll give them to him,” Bonds said.
Bonds could also provide a few tips at the plate for the light-hitting Giants.
“We have a great hitter here who has really accomplished so much,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Although he last played for the Giants in 2007, Bonds has never formally retired. But eventually, the Hall of Fame debate surrounding the seven-time NL MVP will begin.