Did You Know That Controversial and Arrogant Barry Bonds Was Actually Polite and Helpful?

Published 08/18/2023, 4:44 AM EDT

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Barry Bonds‘ baseball identity is a confusing one. While the star was undoubtedly one of the game’s greatest hitters, his relations with the media have been tense, to say the least. Several media members have raised stories of Bonds’ shocking behavior during his playing days, but some fans believe otherwise. They remain steadfast in their belief in the good that Barry Bonds was able to do.

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Barry Bonds was a prolific player in Major League Baseball. But it wasn’t as if it was only after getting to the Majors that his ability was recognized. Bonds had spent his school career hitting at an above average and even hit for the semi-pro Hutchinson Broncs in 1983 and 1984. And when playing for them, Bonds may just have shown a different side of himself.

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Barry stayed with a family allotted to him in Hutchinson as with other players signed to the team. As such, he was with the Navarros on Waldron Street. And if you are to ask those he spent the most time with, he was nothing but a delight.

In his book Love Me Hate Me: Barry Bonds, author Jeff Pearlman reveals on page 62 that Virg Navarro had nothing but positive things to say about the star slugger.

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According to Navarro, Bonds was a polite, respectful, and helpful person around the house. Adjectives that the media has seldom used to describe the Giants star. Virg recounts that Bonds even taught her teenage son, Jared to make omelets and allowed him to tag along for practice in the afternoons.

The most shocking revelation however was yet to come. Virg recounts, “Nobody believes me,” she says, “but Barry was a very loving young man. He became a part of my family.” However, the young Bonds seemed to have undergone a complete change after his switch to the Majors.

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Barry Bonds was always counted among the baseball greats. Starting high school at Junipero Serra High, the star had made waves from a young age. Despite being drafted in 1982, Bonds chose to go to college and instead be a part of the MLB draft later. He went on to play for Arizona State before eventually being drafted by the Pirates to kick-start his Major League career.

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Once in the Majors, however, Bonds’ behavior with the media was often the subject of much criticism. He was usually terse and not present to the media. Even openly disrespecting their members on several occasions, However, the icon did find his way through to make it big on the stage being recognized for his skills.

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Bonds is today counted amongst the top hitters of the league and despite his behavior in the media, has maintained his record with the bat. His legacy may be up in question, but few can deny that Bonds was one of the league’s most foremost hitters.

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Aditya Deshingkar is a MLB writer at EssentiallySports. In another life, Aditya was a lawyer with a premier legal firm in the country and has recently made the switch. As an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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