Bonds Bids Farewell to Giant Ovations

No homer, but wild cheers as slugger plays last game for Frisco
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 5:42 AM CDT
Bonds Bids Farewell to Giant Ovations
Ruby Altamirano, of San Francisco, holds up a sign for San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds during a baseball game between the Giants and the San Diego Padres, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 in San Francisco. It was the last time Barry Bonds played as a San Francisco Giant in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George...   (Associated Press)

It was the end of an era last night in San Francisco as super slugger Barry Bonds played his last game in a Giants uniform. The all-time home run king finished the night 0-3, but that didn't stop a sold-out crowd from giving him standing ovations throughout the evening. There were few other opportunities for cheers, as Bonds' last-place team struggled through another lopsided defeat.

Bonds took his position in left field near a black-and-orange "Bonds 25" logo stenciled on the turf. At least one fan captured the evening's bittersweet tone with a dose of realism. "They only signed him this year to put fans in the seats," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Sure, he built this place, but there's a time to retire for everyone." (More Barry Bonds stories.)

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