Barry Bonds returns full circle to AT&T Park


Barry Bonds is back at his old stomping grounds. This time wearing orange, black — and a little teal.

The Giants embark on a three-game series against the Marlins Friday which means Miami’s new hitting coach is back in the dugout. The opposing one, at least.

This story will be updated with quotes and post-game material from the Giants clubhouse at AT&T Park.

Though on the opposing side, this homecoming seems a sweet one for Bonds. San Francisco is his home. He said Being at AT&T Park reminds him of what it meant for him to be a Giant:

“When I was a little boy I wanted to be in the outfield with Willie Mays and my dad and be a Giant. And I had that opportunity and I got to play left field, so I got to play against the ghosts of my idols my whole entire life.”

Giants fans wear the No. 25 jersey proudly, still, around China Basin. He’s a hero, despite it all. He said the feeling is mutual:

“Here in San Francisco, like I say, I don’t really have fans in San Francisco. This is my family. This is where I was raised. This is where I grew up. These are the people that stood behind me through thick and thin. So I always will appreciate that.”

His former manager, Bruce Bochy was glad to see him back in a baseball uniform:

“Good to see Barry back in baseball. … He wanted to pass on his knowledge, there’s a spot for him and I’m sure he’ll do great.”

The Bonds/Giancarlo Stanton team could be very Mr. Miyagi/Daniel Larusso, but Bonds is keeping a foot in both doors:

“I take my job serious, and I’m very serious about being a good hitting coach over here for the Miami Marlins. I respect the Giants and I’ll root for them when we leave. But I’m not going to root for them right now. I don’t want them to beat us, like when I’m here. No, I take my job really seriously.”

Shayna Rubin is SFBay’s San Francisco Giants beat writer. Follow @SFBay and @ShaynaRubin on Twitter and at for full coverage of Giants baseball.

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