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CubsFan7724 wrote:Spin doctored damage control. No one would actually take this seriously.
reznorsboy wrote:What is the big deal. BArry has had his own Training regime for a long time. I don't see why there is so much hype about this.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Four fans had a dream experience Wednesday night at SBC Park. They met Barry Bonds before the Giants played the Dodgers and then watched the game while sitting in his seats behind home plate.
Johnny Arenas, a longtime Bonds and Giants fan from nearby Union City, was a winner of the May Fan Sweepstakes on barrybonds.com, Bonds' own Web site produced by Major League Baseball Advanced Media. The Giants slugger randomly picked the winner, who was among thousands to enter the contest by sending Bonds an e-mail.
"These people were really cool," said Bonds, who's continuing his rehab from surgery on his right knee and hasn't played this season. "I just picked the numbers like that. Boom. Boom. Boom. I'm glad to have them use my seats. It's just a great way of interacting with the fans."
For Arenas, who brought his mother, Rosemarie, his cousin, Phil Ronald, and his uncle, Kevin Moore, it was better than winning the lottery.
"I can't explain it," Arenas said. "After meeting so many people in your life, the excitement really dissipates. But when you meet him, someone at the icon level, it's much more. It's humbling in a way. It's fascinating. I can't put it in words. Oh my gosh. It's one of those experiences you have in your life that's never going to happen again."
Bonds picked three winners this month. Sarah, Paul and Andrew Roberts attended last Friday night's game against the Oakland A's, an 8-4 Giants loss. Carl Harrison, plus friends and/or family will sit in the four seats -- Section 119, Row F -- on Sunday for the end of the nine-game homestand against the Padres.
The seats were the stated prize, but a visit from Bonds was not billed and came as a complete surprise to the winners.
As the Dodgers took batting practice, Bonds went into the stands immediately behind the backstop and met with Wednesday night's winners, repeating his actions of Friday night. He spent about 10 minutes talking with them and signing autographs on baseballs and trading cards, plus he bent over to give Rosemarie Arenas a kiss on the cheek.
She said it was the first time she's ever attended a baseball game.
"The ballpark is marvelous," she said. "And Barry Bonds couldn't have been nicer. He's my son's favorite. I'm reminded of that every time I go into his room and see the pictures on the wall."
Johnny Arenas, who is a research scientist for Genentech Inc. and a Giants fan since the late 1970s, said that Bonds wasn't at all like his image is depicted.
"He's very down to earth, very personable," he said. "He's open. Genuine. A lot of personality. So many of the reports in the papers don't do him any justice. Even after he made the effort to speak to us, he made the point of taking care of other people who were standing around. Nobody has to do that.
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