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Barry Bonds to pay for Bryan Stow’s kids to go to college

May 24, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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I can’t remember the last time I wrote something about Barry Bonds that didn’t have steroids or perjury as the subject matter, so this story is a breath of fresh air.

According to Lori Preuitt of NBC Bay Area, Barry Bonds has donated to pay for Bryan Stow’s two young children to go to college. Bonds also visited Stow in a Southern California hospital on April 22 and autographed a bat for his children.

Bonds is one of many in the Giants’ family who have shown support since Stow, a Giants fan, was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31. According to Preuitt, Tim Lincecum recently gave a $25,000 donation to the Stow family fund.

Some will look at Bonds’ motivation cynically, saying that he is trying to rebuild his image by taking advantage of a tragedy, but that’s missing the point entirely. This is a really nice gesture, no matter what you think of the guy.

  1. Tapps - May 24, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Hey Mr. Bonds, watchya gonna do, watchya gonna do, make our dreams come true.

    • dfensfelix - May 24, 2011 at 11:20 PM


      • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2011 at 1:53 AM

        I don’t care who or what he did. Today a college education for four years at a good school per child is over $200,000. In other words that is today $400,000 for both children. By the time they are ready to go to college the cost will be way over $1,000,000. Of course he is buying positive publicity but these children will have a guaranteed future. I hope that their father recovers to go to their graduations.
        You can lose your house, you can lose your car and all your posessions but you can not lose an education. I hope he finds a nice tax deductible policy that earns 6% a year and deposits the money so it compunds and give these children a start in life.
        My contempt for these criminals knows no bounds. I understand that Arizona is going to use convict labor to build a fence along the border. I do believe all of these people should be shackled for life to the fence helping to build it from Texas to California. Just having them sit in a cell getting three squares a day is a waste of taxpayer money.

      • Matt - May 25, 2011 at 7:56 AM

        Woo Hoo Slave Labor…now the US can return to its 1865 apex.

    • hittfamily - May 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM

      He came into our lives and made a promise,
      which made us honest,
      made us realize,
      you dont have to compromise
      you can have it all!!!

      Scotts tots

      • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Matt then we should raise your taxes to pay for feeding them, giving them airconditioned rooms and let them sit around watching tv?

      • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

        Matt you never saw a chain gang alongside a highway picking up trash. You never been to New Jersey or Florida and saw convicts chained together and a cop on a horse with a rifle overseeing them? You never heard of prisioners working in prisons earning .15-.25 an hour doing menial labor for minor offenses? Google for more information.
        It is entirely possible that the father will never recognize his kids again. The brain damage is severe and you want these miscreants to sit in luxury for the next 10-20 years for what they did? You did not hear the latest news about California prisions. They were told to RELEASE prisioners because of overcrowding. Now you got a choice go to California and live with the newly freed prisoners or volunteer to oversee the border fence with Mexico. BTW the fence is being made where the smugglers were using native indians to help them smuggle drugs across the border.
        80% of criminals reoffend. So the next time your house or car or you get mugged remember that you laughed at having the criminals do HARD TIME!

      • Matt - May 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

        I’m willing to assume for the moment that your 80% statistic is real and not merely pulled out of nowhere since the actual number is immaterial…doesn’t such a statistic, along with your other anecdotal evidence say to you that the prison system as a purely penal institution is costing us taxpayers entirely too much money? Instead of throwing people in prison, forcing them to work for next to nothing, and then releasing them, perhaps we should try something like rehabilitation so the numerous drug addicts that ind their way to prison have a shot of being released no longer addicted…explore work release type programs that allow for non-violent offenders to develop real skills that will help them obtain employment upon release…treat humans as humans so they don’t leave the system angry and filled with resentment that will ultimately lead them only capable of interacting with other criminals and never get a chance to learn from their mistakes? There are many many ways that we could lower the recidivism rate, and in the end lower the overall cost of prisons and crime, but aren’t being explored because the prison business is a multi-million dollar enterprise with heavy lobbying power that works hard to ensure that as many individuals are imprisoned as possible, and that they can get away with spending as little as possible to house them like cattle to turn a profit rather than help society.

        So yes, my tax dollars should be spent to make sure that people are treated humanely, are fed, housed in a civilized manner, and provided with a base-line tv and antenna to help pass some of the many hours of down time because I like to think that we here in America don’t treat people like animals, aim to provide some hope and help to those that are in need of both, and want our money spent in a manner that will benefit society.

        As for the wall that you propose (glossing over the politics because it’s not germane to my point), wouldn’t the better way to have government projects like this built be to have government works projects like in FDR’s New Deal era where instead of merely handing out welfare checks we pay the unemployed to work temporarily and perhaps learn important skills that will help them obtain employment in the future as well?

    • mjaugelli - May 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      that’s perfect, especially when you consider the fact that by the time those kids go to school, Bonds may be broke as a result of his legaL issues

      • Utley's Hair - May 25, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        According to the story, Bonds “donated” the money already, so I’m guessing it’s some sort of trust, 529 or escrow account or something similar.

      • mjaugelli - May 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        good to know, well done by bonds

  2. cincycoltsfan - May 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Well done Barry.

    • baseballstars - May 25, 2011 at 12:43 AM

      Same here. I still don’t like him… but my opinion on Barry doesn’t mean squat compared to Barry helping out a grieving family. Good job, Mr. Bonds.

    • baseballisboring - May 25, 2011 at 2:39 AM

      Plus, I’d say that right or wrong, Barry must know how tarnished his legacy is. There’s no way he could think this would help his reputation/HoF chances if he even cares about such things. It’s just a rich dude doing something really nice and thoughtful, hell, the guy’s not 100% evil. Still don’t really like him, but a positive story about Barry is a breath of fresh air regardless.

  3. cup0pizza - May 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Still ain’t gonna get ya in the HOF, fathead.

    • nixonotis - May 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM

      Be cool. I don’t like the guy either, but considering he not only offered to pay for Bryan Stow’s kids to go to college, but also visited Bryan in the hospital for over an hour a month ago, leaving signed baseballs for his children, I don’t think this is a publicity stunt. This is an example of a man with the means to make a difference doing so. A rare thing these days. He might have been a cheat on the field, and an asshole to the media, but I have gained a fair bit of respect for Barry Bonds as a human being.

    • nixonotis - May 24, 2011 at 11:45 PM

      Not that it really matters, but apparently he left the children signed baseball bats, not baseballs.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      ‘0pizza; you suck

      • Utley's Hair - May 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        Whoa…kinda harsh for a Canadian, isn’t it? Especially after your Canoildienleafs are going to the Finals….

    • Mark - May 25, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      Can you guys ban trolls like this tool?

    • ngearhart1981 - May 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Wow. When was the last time you did something really special for a complete stranger? I mean beyond holding a door open or letting someone change lanes in traffic? Bonds never seemed to care about his legacy, which can be both a bad AND good thing. Such as cases like this; it’s very good. He’s treated the media with disdain, but he’s always been charitable. I’d stake a whole lot that Barry Bonds is a much better person than you.

  4. kmgannon - May 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    As much as I’ve disliked Bonds through the years, he did a really wonderful thing for that family and I’m glad he did it. Good for him.

  5. cur68 - May 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Good for Barry Bonds, anyways. Talk about a guy who had no vested interests what so ever. How really decent of him.

    • Utley's Hair - May 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Though my opinion of his career doesn’t change, Bonds should get his props when they are deserved, and this is one of those cases. I’ll give him a bit of time off for good behavior.

  6. metalhead65 - May 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    big deal,look at me I made 500 million dollars in my career setting records by cheating but I will send this guys kids to college to show what a poor misunderstood guy I am. of coarse it will be community college and I will be able to write it off but I am nice guy right?

    • tgifinley88 - May 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM

      it’s course, not coarse you moron.

      • Tim's Neighbor - May 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM

        Dude couldn’t get his punctuation right. No way he can spell.

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        Looks like meathead could have used someone like Barry Bonds to donate money so that he could have gotten an education as well. It’s amazing that he even knows how to find this site and post a comment. I guess that proves that the internet is not idiot proof.

    • cur68 - May 25, 2011 at 1:04 AM

      And what are you doing for Stow’s kids metalhead? Bugger all I bet, except denigrating the efforts of others.

      • dprat - May 25, 2011 at 2:58 AM

        +1 not only for the sentiment but also for using the expression “bugger all”

        O, Canada, our home and native land…

    • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2011 at 3:06 AM

      metalhead65…you certainly picked the right nick for yourself. After he made the gesture, you believe it is not going to be picked apart by the newspapers and if it is not an honest and open offer, somethine elusive or slimmy, it would do him a world of damage. I am into education and its cost. I have been looking for the legalese on this on the net and I would be the first to pick him apart on being even a bit stingy on this offer. It has to be an open offer for four years to first rate schools and not community colleges, not in state colleges and it has to include tuition, room, board and all expensives. Harvard and Yale are approaching today $60,000 a piece. And that does not include trips back home, tutors, transportation, extracuricular activities and a zillion other expensives.
      As my father profanely once told me, how many crap holes can you crap in at the same times. If Bonds has $500,000,000 or even 10% I doubt that $400,000 today is going to affect him before he meets his maker.

    • hittfamily - May 25, 2011 at 4:45 AM

      Maybe Barry could send this guy to college too.

    • birdman66 - May 25, 2011 at 6:50 AM

      There’s always got to be one jackass hater in the room!!! Thanks meathead, you filled the quota in a big way!!!

    • The Common Man/ - May 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      Haters gonna be spineless, horrible, hate-filled people.

    • rhandome - May 25, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Barry Lamar Bonds is the greatest hitter in Major League Baseball history. He’s far better than the best player that ever played for your team. You’re not fit to speak his name, much less criticize his career.

  7. Elwood Larf - May 25, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    The only thing anyone can say is basically “I don’t like the guy, but…”

    How about this: It’s a classy move and whatever you have to say about Bonds doesn’t make it any less of one. I’d like to think it’s something any of us would do if we had the money. Good move, Barry, on the remote chance you happen to be reading this.

  8. phukyouk - May 25, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Props to Barry for this. and to those of you that can actually make this into a negative you are a bunch of fuckheads. stunt or not he didnt HAVE to do anything and he chose to. leave him alone.. even if its for 1 minute to acknowledge that he did something for someone else.

  9. goforthanddie - May 25, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    Very nice.

  10. tomemos - May 25, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    “Some will look at Bonds’ motivation cynically, saying that he is trying to rebuild his image by taking advantage of a tragedy”

    Well, they don’t know much about Bonds. When has he *ever* done anything to “rebuild his image,” besides dressing up as Paula Abdul for spring training that one year? Barry Bonds doesn’t care about his image. That’s not necessarily admirable, but it does mean we can trust him when he does something like this.

  11. jaypace - May 25, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Prior to steroid accusations I never understood why everybody hated bonds. Am I to assume the guy is a jerk because some sports writer says so.

    • paperlions - May 25, 2011 at 7:13 AM

      No, he’s a jerk. Pretty much everyone he’s every come in contact with says so and they have told some pretty illuminating stories that demonstrate how selfish, egotistical, and narcissistic the guy is….but none of that matters. This was a wonderful thing he did, it was generous and will make a real and positive difference in the lives of the family.

      • Matt - May 25, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        Pretty much everyone? So there have been literally millions of stories to that effect? I’d wager that someone that makes this kind of effort towards this victim’s family has made a history of doing nice things for people (since it’s rare for an individual to do just one nice thing in his life) but they haven’t been as thoroughly publicized in part because they don’t fit in with the stories that Bob Ryan, Mike Lupica, etc have created, and in part because as another commenter said he doesn’t give a hoot about his public image so he made no effort to publicize those efforts…unless you’ve actually met him yourself, perhaps you should hold off on judging.

      • paperlions - May 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        If you do any searching you can probably find different profiles that talk to former team mates from his college and pro days. The guy has always been a giant ass with a huge sense of entitlement…personality traits fostered by both his father and god father. You don’t have to meet someone to be able to judge their actions or the qualities they evince. One or two stories, you could dismiss, but there is a pattern of behavior that suggests that Bonds has a number of undesirable personality traits….and yeah, pretty much everyone. How many non-paid for non-family member friends does Bonds seem to have? How many people ever defend the guy or talk about what a nice guy he is? No one does, and there are reasons for that.

      • b7p19 - May 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        One of my biggest problems with people is when they don’t think for themselves. If you have never met someone before you should really withhold judgement on them. Dodger fans can hate him for fans sake and baseball fans can hate him for the steroids, but as far as actually pretending you know who a guy is not cool. Just my opinion.

      • bklynbaseball - May 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        what’s funny is that really the only teammate I’ve read about who didn’t like Barry was Jeff Kent – who wasn’t exactly Mr. Congeniality.

  12. kwphilly4for4 - May 25, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    I honestly don’t under stand why people take the steriod thing personally. Steriods were not illegal in baseball during the time that these guys took them. Bonds may have profitted from the use of the juice along with others (Sosa, Big Mac, etc.) but so did the owners twice and three times over. Selig and the boys turned the other way and your anger should be directed at them. Walking through a bar or past a TV it was impossible not to stop and watch a Bonds at bat, the guy was awesome.

    I am glad this story was reported, it’s a great gesture by a guy that takes a lot of pride in the Giants and his family’s legacy there, with Bobby and “Uncle” Willie.

    Awesome story, haters need to choose a different forum, the guy never broke a baseball rule and never hurt anyone, and didn’t have the do this for this family. Awesome.

    • adenzeno - May 25, 2011 at 7:42 AM

      They were/are illegal period unless prescribed by a physician. Kudos to Bonds for this. A grand gesture indeed.

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM

        The MLB did not test for steroids until recently. The MLB looked the other way and loved every dime of our money to rejuvenate a deflated sport. So how were they illegal? How would anyone get caught without a test?

      • rhandome - May 25, 2011 at 2:39 PM

        @ adenzeno: that’s a separate issue from whether they were banned by MLB. Unless you think that breaking a law should invalidate a guy’s stats. In which case, I can think of a few players we need to kick out of the H.O.F. …

    • pjmarn6 - May 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      You really don’t understand the problem behind steroids? Do you understand the problem with spitters or corked bats? When you exploit an unfair advantage to increase your abilities, you drag down the abilities, averages, production etc of the opposing players who are playing fair.
      You’re a crook, a liar and a cheat. Is that clear enough. Do you think all those home runs magically started flying out of the ball parks because of global warming? Now what happened to the pitchers ERA? How many more games were won? How did the steroids altered the stattistics and how did it alter the way all future statistics are measured? If you don’t understand all that, then you are incapable of understanding baseball. How many athletes have been tossed from the Olympic games for illegal substances. The bike racing scandals? Why are horses tested after winning a race? Jesus you got to THINK!!

      • bleedgreen - May 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        While I am against steroids, its been proven that many pitchers were ALSO on the juice. If a juiced pitcher pitches to a juiced batter, who has the advantage? Steroids don’t make you a better hitter. You still need to actually make proper contact with the ball.

      • rhandome - May 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        You’re wrong about steroids, but that’s been discussed to death ( for more info). But I just wanted to add that corked bats don’t work; the cork actually absorbs some of the energy from the baseball, leading to shorter fly balls. There was a Mythbusters epidsode about it

      • raysfan1 - May 25, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        rhandome–Don’t you know that the entire offense explosion in the late ’90’s and early 2000’s was steroids-fueled? There couldn’t have been any other factors. Expansion had nothing to do with it, nor juiced balls, body armor, pitchers getting thrown out of games for brushing hitters back, or newer stadiums being built as band boxes. Clearly steroids only affect hitters; they are completely ineffectual for pitchers. Also, don’t confuse me with the facts by pointing out that ballplayers were using steroids in the 1970s and probably earlier than that. Further, please do not remind me that prior to 1991 steroids did not require a prescription in the USA either (and they still do not in some countries where some players are from); it just makes my hair hurt.

  13. Lukehart80 - May 25, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    This story doesn’t seem to be on ESPN. com at all, not as of 7:00AM, CST anyway. That can’t be though, can it?

  14. deathmonkey41 - May 25, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Most likely part of his PR campaign to repair his image, but still a very classy move by a guy who has spent most of his life being an a-hole. Good for him and great for the Stow family.

    • raysfan1 - May 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Bonds has no need for image repair. While he’s a pariah in most baseball circles, he still draws cheers in San Francisco, which is likely all he cares about. It is indeed a class move, one based on genuine feeling–not on any ulterior motive.

  15. xpensivewinos - May 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Apparently, the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day.

    Good for Bonds. It’s a great gesture regardless of what people think of him and it’s nice to actually see his name associated with something positive for the first time in a long time.

    What people think of him is irrelevant………the bottom line is, he helped people. The world can use a lot more of that these days.

  16. pacnwsailor - May 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    wow Barry is actually trying to be a human being…good for him

  17. king3319 - May 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Kwphilly….well said my friend. As to the forum of the steroid debate…it’s been done to death. I never cared for his attitude but giving those kids a good start is one hell of a gift. No matter what I may think of the man that was a damn nice thing to do to help Mr. Stows kids. Well done Bonds.

  18. lowfund - May 25, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Family admits Bryan Stow has Criminal Past

    In response to rumors circulating about Bryan Stow’s violent past and criminal history the Stow Family posted the following comment on the Bryan Stow Fund website:

    “News & Updates Sunday, May 22, 2011

    ‘there has been comments and postings regarding Bryan’s past. Bryan was not perfect…nobody is. In the years since, Bryan turned his life around. Regardless of his history, we ask that everyone refrain from posting any judgmental comments. Please be aware that we will delete ANY negative comment. Don’t forget to visit the store to show your support! ‘

    Dave, Ann, Erin and Bonnie

    Send your love>>”

    • nixonotis - May 26, 2011 at 1:51 AM

      What point are you trying to make?

  19. youravgjoe42 - May 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Wherever you stand on Barry Bonds, its impossible to deny that this individual action was very generous and will have a long meaningful impact for the Stow family. None of us are in Barry’s head, so trying to deconstruct his motives is a useless endeavor. Most people don’t know this about Bonds, but over his career he has poured millions of dollars into charitable ventures. I think its not just possible, but likely that Mr. Bonds has good and bad elements of his character, both equally real. For example, he may be sullen and rude to strangers and reporters in personal interactions, and generous on issues he cares about. I have heard enough stories about donations, and instances of him blowing people off to be reasonably confident that Mr. Bonds is more complex a person then he is given credit. In either event, his donation to the Stow family is a good thing all around.

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