‘Nervous’ Bonds back with Giants in new role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds placed on a San Francisco Giants uniform Monday morning for the first time since his remaining main league recreation as a participant in 2007. He's noticeably slimmer than in his final seasons as a player – shedding considerable weight since becoming an avid bicycle owner – so the uniform is probably a somewhat smaller size than he beforehand wore, however he was delighted to wear it once more.

At forty nine, Bonds says he may nonetheless hit balls out of the park, however the sport's controversial home run king is just not here to do this. He's here to work for the following seven days as a roving teacher for the Giants and supervisor Bruce Bochy. Bonds expressed interest in working past that in some position but needs to see how issues go first.

"I am extra nervous at this than when I used to be playing, because as a player, it was only my mind, me," Bonds mentioned, addressing a number of dozen reporters. "Now I am trying to put that [data] into other players' minds. I am a little extra nervous being on this side than that facet. Hopefully I can simply carry some good value to the ballclub. Hopefully, I can carry value to these guys and then let Bochy see how I do.

"I might reasonably allow them to evaluate me, after which hopefully something good can come out of this."

Bonds said the thought of working as an teacher came up at a current charity occasion and that it was a great time to get again within the recreation.

"The timing was proper on both sides," Bochy stated. "That's why it's occurring now. We welcome all former gamers. When you have a look at our camp, Jeff Kent simply left. J.T. Snow is here. Wealthy Aurilia is here. Randy Winn is here. Will Clark is coming in. And we're excited about Barry being right here to help out in so many different aspects of the sport. Not just hitting. This guy was an amazing baserunner and outfielder.

"I think it's going to be good for each side. Good for Barry to see how this will work for him and good for the gamers to work with one of many nice minds in baseball."

When Mark McGwire returned as a hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals a number of years in the past, he admitted that he had taken efficiency-enhancing medication. Bonds was not so forthcoming.

"I already went to court, and that is where I'll go away it," he mentioned when confronted on the subject. "And I believe something outside that doesn't have to be commented on."

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AP Picture/Chris CarlsonRegardless of acknowledging that he's nervous, Barry Bonds says he is delighted to be working as a roving teacher for manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants.

Bonds additionally didn't elaborate a lot when asked whether he thought this educational role may assist rehabilitate his picture and help with his probabilities with Corridor of Fame voters.

"I think you guys are all adults," he mentioned. "I've no advice for you."

He did, nonetheless, say there isn't any doubt he belongs within the Hall of Fame.

In his closing season, Bonds hit 28 residence runs, broke Hank Aaron's career homer document and finished with a 1.045 OPS yet by no means obtained an offer to play again. Requested whether or not he had been blackballed or had any regrets about the way in which his enjoying profession ended, Bonds stated that was prior to now and he's looking to the future. He stated his only remorse was that he did not have a better relationship with the media.

Indeed, Bonds was all smiles and friendly in the course of the news conference, a lot completely different than his occasionally standoffish, generally surly persona as a participant.

"I was totally different character playing," he said. "Now I've had to slow down and do various things. I feel all of us do. I think once you've been gone awhile you've got time to reflect on things. However I needed 'that guy' to play. I wanted him. It was who I used to be on the time. It was not who I am in my day-to-day life.

"I am the same individual but a different character. I used to be like this man over here who's crazy and this man over right here who is not. I'm more in the center. I can still be crazy, but I'm lots calmer now."

Bonds mentioned that nevertheless gamers look at him, even when they are intimidated, they may be able to join once they work one-on-one.

Asked whether he may be taught as much about teaching from them as they are going to study playing from him, Bonds replied, "I have to learn [about] them. However that will never take me more than a minute. All you have to do is go into a batting cage and I'll let you know all the things that's occurring. Very quick."

How a lot can one of the biggest, albeit controversial, players in baseball history assist the Giants?

"I believe they did pretty good with out me," Bonds said. "They received two World Collection championships. I do not know if I can assist. I do know I can do one thing: I may help you do a little higher than you already are. However I do not know the way a lot I can do. However I'll have time to search out out."

Bonds said he had no bittersweet or jealous emotions when the Giants gained the World Collection championship that all the time eluded him.

"I am not jealous. I am blissful," he said. "This is my town. It is my metropolis. It is my family. I'm joyful. I was nearly in tears after they received, I used to be that comfortable. It was one thing we had wished for a long time… I've at all times been a Large."

And now he's wearing the uniform again, although he is not sure if he will don it again after this week.

"I simply wish to get by seven days and see if I can do this," Bonds mentioned. "I've acquired to get by these seven days first. I do not know if I am even ok."


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Washington Redskins lose again, and it’s now officially time to be very nervous

Trailing 33-7 to Philadelphia in the season opener gave the impression to be a reasonably low level for the Washington Redskins, but they managed to get lower in Week 2.


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Green Bay led 38-7 late within the third quarter on Sunday. Even worse, the Packers had a fluky first-half play in which James Jones tried to stretch the ball to the pylon, lost it and it was a touchback for Washington.

So, yeah, it could have been worse.

The Redskins’ season is not over by any means after a 38-20 loss to Green Bay dropped them to 0-2. It’s just two weeks. However the way the Redskins have fallen aside of their first two games is a horrible sign.

The Redskins’ protection, particularly the makeshift secondary, shouldn’t be good.

Aaron Rodgers had 414 yards and 4 touchdowns in simply the primary three quarters. He had 335 yards at halftime and finished with 480. Had the Redskins been more aggressive, Rodgers might have set the file of 554 yards in a sport. But, there was little need for him to maintain throwing the ball within the second half. The Packers had a 400-yard passer and a hundred-yard rusher (James Starks, changing injured Eddie Lacy) for the first time in workforce historical past. Perhaps all the hype concerning the Eagles’ offense in Week 1 was misdirected. Maybe the Redskins’ protection deserved extra of the credit score for all these large plays.

And quarterback Robert Griffin III nonetheless does not look proper. He warmed up a bit in the second half in opposition to the Eagles, but in both games a majority of his stats have are available in rubbish time. Green Bay allowed more than four hundred passing yards to Colin Kaepernick last week. On Sunday, that same Packers secondary without key safety Morgan Burnett, shut out the Redskins in the first half.

So what’s the issue? One wonders if Mike Shanahan will be below some scrutiny. Being down 33-7 one week and 38-7 the next is the signal of an unprepared team. After the power wrestle between Shanahan and Griffin this offseason, and the unpredictable nature of owner Daniel Snyder, it is a state of affairs that bears watching.

The Redskins had a horrible begin final yr, and ended up successful the NFC East. Possibly they will flip things round again this season. However it higher happen pretty shortly.