The San Francisco Giants have retired the numbers of 11 of their own, along with Jackie Robinson‘s 42. They make that 12 today, with the addition of Barry Lamar Bonds.
With so much history in the San Francisco Giants organization, arguably their greatest player ever will now become officially cemented into that legacy. Retiring the number of Barry Bonds is absolutely the right move by the organization. While their long standing policy has been, “Hall of Famers Only,” they ultimately can’t control the hypocrisy of the remaining “pearl-clutchers” that make up the older portion of the BBWAA voters. Barry Bonds deserves every recognition that comes his way, and certainly a statue should arise in the near future. But first, the number retirement.
The famous number 25 that graced the back of Barry Bonds’ jersey has been un-officially retired for years. Tonight, it will be unveiled on the facing above the first deck. Bonds. Immortal.
I don’t need to go over Barry Bonds’ career stats to tell you how good he was. But the 14 time all-star appearances, 7 MVP awards, 8 Gold Gloves, 12 silver sluggers, and career home-run leader deserves this moment. The Giants will correctly honor that, regardless of what some self-righteous club has to say about it.
We decided that we’d put together some of our greatest Bonds’ memories. So enjoy, as the staff of Around the Foghorn do what we can to honor the greatest Giant there ever was.