NOTEBOOK Baseball's All-Star Game
Bonds to skip home run derby: San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds will skip the Home Run Derby before the All-Star game next week in Chicago. When asked why he won't participate, Bonds told a group of reporters, "Because I'm a grown man and I don't have to do it. Did Michael Jordan play in the slamfest every year?" Bonds said. "Nobody asked him why. I'm 30-something years old. They didn't even ask me. Go ahead and get mad at me. Say what you want, but no." Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, not picked for the All-Star game, also will skip the derby. Bonds hit a record 73 homers during the 2001 season. He has 639 career homers and 26 this year.
Anthems: Vanessa Carlton will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the All-Star game and Michael Buble will sing the Canadian anthem. Amy Grant, a five-time Grammy Award winner, will sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch. Carlton released her debut recording, "Be Not Nobody," last year and earned three Grammy nominations. Buble's first recording was released in February. Sunday's softball game involving celebrities are retired players will include former Chicago White Sox stars Harold Baines, Bo Jackson and Jack McDowell; former Chicago Cubs stars Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg; and former major leaguers Wade Boggs, Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Rich Gossage, Fred Lynn, Harold Reynolds, Bret Saberhagen, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield. Among the celebrities are Dean Cain, Adam Corolla, Shannon Elizabeth, Ice Cube, Jimmy Kimmel, Howie Long, Brian McKnight and Jim McMahon.
Angels not thinking: Troy Glaus is thinking about playing in the All-Star game, not about the extra $600,000 he earned with his election to the American League's starting lineup. The Anaheim third baseman earned both a $50,000 bonus and a $550,000 boost in his 2004 salary to $9.95 million. "The guys in this clubhouse, we don't play the game for the money or to try to make the All-Star team so we can get a bonus," Glaus said before Wednesday night's game against Kansas City. "I mean, that's just ridiculous. We play for pride, we play to win, and that's it." Teammate Garret Anderson received a $50,000 bonus and a $350,000 boost to $6.2 million in his 2004 pay. "The money doesn't really mean too much to me," he said. "To be honest with you, I really didn't know how much it was. My agent mentioned it to me the other day that I get a bonus, but he didn't go into detail how much it was. And it doesn't really matter, because I'm looking forward to going." Pitcher Brendan Donnelly gets a $25,000 bonus. "That's a non-factor," he said. "Being voted to the All-Star game is about respect from your peers and the fans and the coaches. That's the bottom line -- being recognized for doing the job on the field, and then going to represent the ballclub that you're playing for."
-- Associated Press