Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bonds Apologizes for Being Dumb, Monster as a Pirate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bonds Apologizes for Being Dumb, Monster as a Pirate

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MIAMI - Barry Bonds knows how you probably feel about him, and he's sorry.

In an introspective interview with SportsOnEarth columnist Terence Moore, Bonds said he regretted the way he carried himself as a player and blamed himself for his public perception. Baseball's career home run leader now is in his first year as Miami Marlins hitting coach.

Bonds admitted he was a "monster," at times, and a "dumbass," too.

"I was just flat-out dumb," Bonds told Moore. "What can I say? I'm not going to try to justify the way I acted toward people. I was stupid. It wasn't an image that I invented on purpose. It actually escalated into that, and then I maintained it. . It was never something that I really ever wanted. No one wants to be treated like that, because I was considered to be a terrible person.

"You'd have to be insane to want to be treated like that."

Bonds said the social spiral into a surly persona started early in his time in Pittsburgh. The sixth overall pick in 1985, he joined a team of veterans but felt the pressure to win was mostly put on him.

"I was almost shocked by that," Bonds told Moore. "I knew I had good talent, but I was a fruit of a tree, and I wasn't ripe yet. Not at that point of my career. The expectations were just thrown on me to carry that whole team, and I was too young to handle all of that.

"I took it personally, and I was offended by it. I also was really disappointed, and I allowed my emotions to get involved. That sort of escalated everything."

On Monday, Bonds stood in the home dugout at Marlins Park and shared fond memories of his time with the Pirates. He said his proudest memory was the way the Pirates pulled together in 1990, building up to a string of successful seasons before he left for the San Francisco Giants.

"Bummer we didn't win the whole thing," he said, "but we were a pretty good team. …

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