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Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video:

I suppose it’s still possible to think this guy is the devil because he hit a few more home runs than Mother Nature intended he hit, but I’m going to choose to do otherwise.  Good show, Barry.

  1. phukyouk - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Well done Barry. +10 for you.

    • philsieg - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      In the face of what are sure to be a barrage of negative comments, it’s good to remember the words of Sister Helen Prejean, “We are all better than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

  2. SmackSaw - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    That’s the way multimillionaires should use their money. Good on ya, Barry.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Wait a second….Several months ago Bonds stated that he was paying the entire college tuition for Stow’s kids. It was stated in the below article:

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Barry-Bonds-to-Pay-For-Stow-Kids-College-122539899.html

    Now, Barry wants to cut his costs down and has created a college fund to defer some of the money out of his own pocket? It seems to me one of Bond’s accountant’s probably told Bonds what the cost of college tuition is going to be in 10 years and maybe it wasn’t such a great idea.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      There’s always someone…

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        It’s true. He stated he was paying the tuition himself, and now he’s requesting help. There’s no other way to look at it. Can no one else see this?

      • genericcommenter - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        And “someone” is always “halladaysbiceps.”

    • philsieg - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      The article you linked did not quote Bonds directly saying he would cover all the costs of college, nor does it mention the amount he donated. The Stows attorney only states that Bonds has volunteered to pay for their college without offering any details of the arrangement. In my view, the funds he donated plus using his name and effort to raise support for the cause from others fairly constitutes his “paying for college”.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        I remember multiple stories that clearly stated he was paying for their entire college tuition. No where did I see the phrase “Barry is making a donation to a college fund.”

        Either way, their tuition will be taken care of, and that’s all that counts.

      • philsieg - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        “I remember multiple stories that clearly stated he was paying for their entire college tuition.”

        And yet none of the stories I saw at the time contained any direct quotes from Bonds or his legal representatives as to the exact nature and structure of the gift. Since we don’t really know, let’s speculate a bit like the good gossip mongers that we are.

        Suppose Bonds sets up a trust fund for the kids and funds it with $50K of his own dough. Today, that could fund a basic college education at a number of state schools with in-state tuition. Depending on how the fund is invested, it may or may not grow sufficiently to provide complete coverage at a school of each child’s choice when they are of college age. It’s undeniable that the initial $50K is a generous gift and the principal that results after years of growth even more so. But prudence dictates that, if possible, one might wish to add to the initial invest to ensure that the desire to fund their education at a college of their choice is realized.

        When the Stow kids come of age, they will go to college knowing that not only did the greatest Giant of his generation provide for them, but he used the power of his name to broaden that support throughout Giant (and baseball) fandom and beyond. Pretty good win-win for everyone.

        But feel free to keep trying to turn Bonds’ gift into a lump of coal.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        philsieg,

        I’m not questioning Barry’s intentions or sincerity. I merely was stating it appeared he was going to pay the full amount of their tuition. Now, that appears not to be the case.

        Truth be told, I never had any opinion with him off the field. The only negatives with Bonds that I am aware of is his obvious steroid use and that many of his teammates didn’t like him. Other than that, I have no issues with him.

      • philsieg - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        Biceps,

        It apparently only appeared that way in the minds of the journalists looking to punch up a story. No one in a position to actually know is on the record.

      • scatterbrian - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        “I remember multiple stories that clearly stated he was paying for their entire college tuition.”

        How about finding one then? If you’re going to lambaste a guy for trying to doing something awesome, you need to provide something better than anecdotal evidence.

      • lovesmesomeme - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        This is awesome. 2 dorks arguing over something the know absolutely about. Winning an argument on the Internet is like winning a race in the special olympics, even if you win your still retarded.

      • philsieg - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        “2 dorks arguing over something the know absolutely about.”

        And you call us out in the midst of your struggle with spelling, grammar and sentence structure. Thanks for taking the time!

      • lovesmesomeme - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:58 PM

        See, I knew you were a dork

    • skeleteeth - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      and have you created a fund yourself or donated to this one? didn’t think so.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        Have you?

      • okobojicat - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        @halladay,

        hey jackass, you’re being idiotic again.

        You say “I’m not questioning Barry’s intentions or sincerity. ” but if you refer to YOUR first post you state “Now, Barry wants to cut his costs down …” that is exactly what I would call questioning someone sincerity.

        You later state ” I never had any opinion with him off the field” but then IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE you state “the only negatives with Bonds that I am aware of is his obvious steroid use and that many of his teammates didn’t like him.” These are both off the field issues.

        If you remember multiple stories with that exact quote saying Barry paying for all of the kids’ tuition then show them. If not, you can’t claim that it is so. You make a claim, you have to back it up.

        Remember that one time when you left HBT in a huff? Those were some great days.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        Twice, actually. Maybe the third time when he leaves it won’t be just an attempt at attention-whoring.

    • cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      I have a theory as to what happened; Bonds offered to set up a fund for Stow’s kids, it got in the press, and the public, being good hearted and generous, started donating, too. Bonds then has the impetuous to set up the fund as a public venue for donations for the cause of the Stow children’s education. As I said, its just a theory as to how events might have unfolded, and I could be wrong (not the first time, by any means) but it seems likely to me.

      Regardless of how this came about, Bonds is, in a way, allowing others to share in his generosity while at the same time providing for the education of a couple of kids who’s lives will never be the same. So long as those kids have the chance to go on in life to greater things, do I really care how this does or does not reflect upon Barry Bonds? Nope, not so much…but I’m glad he did what he did and I do think better of him for it. Not least because it gives all of us a chance to now do the same thing in some measure.

  4. cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    For a guy with as much fame and notoriety as Canseco and Dykstra, Bonds seems to be the one among the 3 of them with a decent sense of how to behave after your career as a baseball player is over. Natch, in no time the “hate Barry” brigade will be here, but as far as I’m concerned, tip o the Blue Jays Cap to you, Mr. Bonds.

    • missthemexpos - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Well said C68, I will even bestow a tip of my Expos Cap.

    • dlevalley - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      Man, I know a lot of people really hate Barry. But to compare Bonds to those lowlifes is unthinkable.

      Bonds may not be an attractive character to those who mostly interacted with him through the national media, and the criticism he received is fair. But the man has done nothing but good in the Bay Area community, and his money flows freely through charities in the area. It’s rarely publicized but the guy has invested a lot of money and time into the Bay Area.

      He may be a prick and a cheater, but he’s also a stand-up citizen. The Stow charity is just one example.

      • phukyouk - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        yea its funny cause i literally think of him as the Anti-Clemens. i mean my baseball opinions aside I have never seen a bad word spoken about him (club house counts as baseball). he keeps his head down and keeps out of trouble. you may not make the HOF barry but the Hall of Humans welcomes you with open arm.

  5. Lukehart80 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Further proof that Barry Bonds is a huge jer-

    Wait a sec, this news doesn’t fit into the already created narrative about Bonds at all. Hmmm… We must find some way to spin this as a negative! He’s history’s greatest monster!!!

  6. evanhartford - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    If Bonds keeps this up, he MAY find a way to get into the HOF. If this were an RPG, his charisma and personality just received +10. However, when you start at 0, you still have a ways to go…

    • phukyouk - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      well you gotta start somewhere.. and i would hope this this would have ZERO to do with whether or not he makes the HOF. fact is he cheated plain and simple and should not get to the HOF based on solely that. but as i said before, as a person he has done nothing but good since retiring. at the very least in the public face which, lets all be honest, is all we care/know about.

      • clydeserra - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Gaylord perry says what now?

  7. rhandome - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    It is the year 2011 and we are still arguing about whether the greatest position player of all time should make the baseball Hall of Fame. This is a debate that is still going on.

    Haters vacate. Bonds is the best.

  8. metalhead65 - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    right bonds makes a nice pr gesture and then softens it by setting up a fund instead of paying for it himself and we are just suppose to forgive and forget he cheated to get a record and was a classless jerk his whole carreer. I get why giants fans support him blindly but everyone else?

  9. gallaghedj311 - Nov 2, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Biceps, I got ya. It was definitely portrayed by the media that he was covering it out of pocket. And I don’t think u lambasted him either. Stupid media…..

  10. silverbuffalo - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    WINNING!

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