Bonds Needs to Participate in the Home Run Derby

As Barry Bonds gets closer to 756, fans’ taunts and insults increase and become even more hate-filled. Most people will never like Bonds and never accept his record, but the few people who do support him are mostly San Francisco Giant fans. With very few days left before he breaks Henry Aaron’s record, Bonds has the opportunity to give back to the fans who have stuck by him through the BALCO Scandal, steroids, and possible tax evasion. The All Star Game is in San Francisco and he must play in that to gain any sympathy from his hometown fans. Beyond that though, Bonds needs to play in the Home Run Derby. He needs to put on a show for his fans and let them enjoy it. Every city across America hates him except for San Francisco, yet when he has a chance to thank them, he blows them off. “I have nothing to prove” Bonds said, but here he is wrong. He has to prove that the loyalty the Giants’ fans have showed him is a two way street, that it is reciprocated by Bonds. If I were a Giants fan, I am sure that I would have supported Bonds through thick and thin. When he has a duty to show his commitment to us, I want him to do it and if he doesn’t, I would feel insulted. All my support was meaningless to him. Why should I cheer for him when he breaks the record? Why should I care about him, because he certainly doesn’t care about me? Barry needs to give back to his fans, show them he cares, and try to keep the few supporters he has.


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