Bonds honored with plaque at Giants’ ballpark


Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO

Barry Bonds is home again, this time for good.

Baseball’s home run king was honored by the San Francisco Giants with the unveiling of a plaque bearing his likeness on the team’s Wall of Fame at AT&T Park during a pre-game ceremony Saturday.

The 52-year-old former slugger, who hit 762 home runs during a 22-year career with the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, waved to the estimated crowd of nearly 1,000 fans, many wearing Bonds’ No. 25 jerseys, who lined up behind barricades not far from the player’s entrance at AT&T Park to witness the 40-minute ceremony honoring the seven-time NL MVP.

Several of Bonds’ former teammates were on hand, as was Giants manager Bruce Bochy, along with Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, who is Bonds’ godfather.

Chants of “Barry, Barry, Barry,” rippled through the crowd as Bonds walked to the podium following speeches by ex-teammates Kirk Reuter, Rich Aurilia, former team owner Peter Magowan and current Giants Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer.

“I love you guys so much,” Bonds told the crowd.

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