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Barry Bonds booed, cheered, hated-on at PNC Park

Mar 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Barry Bonds was on hand at PNC Park to present Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 MVP Award this afternoon. Bonds is likely a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh. His leaving via free agency following the 1992 season kicked off the Pirates’ two decades plus in the wilderness. Plus all the PEDs stuff. As a result, you have to assume there would be a lot of boos for him. But you also would figure that some people would cheer for him there because he did play an awful lot of great baseball in Pittsburgh and his Pirates teams won a lot of games.

I didn’t get the broadcast on in time to see Bonds’ appearance, but I went to Twitter to see the reactions:

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that (a) there were boos and cheers; and (b) whether you think there were substantially more of one than the other says more about what you think of Barry Bonds than what 40,000 people in the crowd do.

In other news, regarding Sullivan’s tweet: what is one supposed to if one is booed apart from “appearing oblivious?” Is Bonds supposed to cry? Beat someone up? Or is he supposed to just sit there and display character traits that we really want him to have because we dislike him, like obliviousness?

Or maybe I’m off base here and maybe it was hard to get a gauge on what was happening there? Maybe people don’t have particularly strong opinions?


  1. thetoolsofignorance - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Ah yes. The unbiased media, hard at work

    • forsch31 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Kovacevic is a columnist, just like Craig. So he’s not supposed to be “unbiased”. Also, its Twitter, which if you haven’t entered the 21st century yet, tends to include peoples’ opinions of things.

      Also, the location of where the person was in the stadium probably had a lot to do with how which was perceived. Also from Kovacevic’s Twitter, which Craig “forgot” to post:

      “Possible explanation for difference in describing Bonds reactions: Press box behind longest-tenured season-ticket holders. TV guys on field.”

      “Written this before, but upper deck behind home plate is where most Three Rivers season-ticket holders were relocated. It was ALL BOOS here.”

      He was in the press box, where apparently Sullivan was as well. Menendez notes in her Tweet that she was on the field level.

      • thetoolsofignorance - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Mr. Calcaterra is a blogger, not a columnist. Also his last “tiwt” posted there indicates a complete lack of objectivity. So, to paraphrase your hero Kovacevic – to hell with Kovacevic

    • zot19532013 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      the Barry haters need to get over it. It’s history,he out of the game. I was pissed when he signed with SF but got over it.Besides he wasn’t juicing while in Pittsburgh.

  2. musketmaniac - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    a lot more cheers than jeers

  3. 7mantel - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Makes you wonder if they were actually at the game with the different tweets !

  4. electstat - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Oh good. Another article based on other people’s tweets. Journalism at it’s finest.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Feel free to request a refund for your subscription here at HBT. The door is the left…

  5. florida76 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Actually, Craig, you got it wrong again. Watching the live broadcast, along with the live eyewitness reports, there was some inevitable booing, but more cheers, and those cheers grew in strength.

  6. bgrillz - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    ESPN replayed it twice, and said there were more cheers than boos. And Listening to it at work with headphones, I agree. These chuckleheads were probably next to the drunk guy who was screaming boo so loudly, that is all they came away with. One guy booing, he’s getting killed! Can’t wait t tweet this out! To hell with Kovacevic, he is a dope who knows nothing about writing, and even less about sports. he covers the Pens as well, and his writings are awful…

  7. musketmaniac - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Born and raised a pirate fan was a teenager when Bonds came to town. Not every pirate fan hates, most of the ones I know love him. He was a west coast kid with ties to the giant organization. I understood that.

  8. thepittsburghkid - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    At the game now, there were more cheers than boos.

  9. miguelcairo - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I feel like Craig could have written this article months ago. Did we expect Bonds to be greeted with 100% applause? Are we supposed to be surprised he was booed?

  10. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    It’s interesting to look at how some who were exiled (bonds and Big Mac) are almost being welcomed back. Though they took advantage of the system at the time, but I’m starting to see their supplement use as more a reflection of the entire culture of baseball at the time.

  11. guinsrule - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Watching on tv, I’d say the “70-30 cheers-to-boos ratio” sounded accurate. The reporter who reported “booed…big time” is obviously letting his personal feelings towards Bonds affect his objectivity.

  12. zinger99 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    These jerks are everywhere. If O.J. showed his face in Buffalo,those uneducated morons would bring the house down.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Anyone who cheers the O.J. is a jerk.

  13. musketmaniac - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    love big mac. I even named a sandwich after him for a restaurant I once owned. The St.louis slammer with respect. it tastes a lot better than the big mac.

  14. Barry's Triceps - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Bonds=greatest ever

  15. zinger99 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Barry’s Triceps? What a bankrupt life.

  16. campcouch - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Braun got a standing O…and he got a man fired,then got caught,then confessed. Bonds got charged with obstruction of justice and probation…but he’s the villain.

  17. courtjester1234 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    It looks like some folks need to grow up. If the outcome of a sporting event determines how your day turns out you really need to see what’s going I in the world. I’m a huge fan of football baseball hockey and hoops. But I’m not gonna be upset if so and so player\team doesn’t win. He knows what he put in his body and he will be the one who suffers the consiquenses of his decision. Give it a rest

  18. zxlaa - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    The REAL fans booed him.

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