For both parties, this was the right move. Although Bonds is going out kicking, seething, and shocked-the Giants are doing him a huge favor. They are force feeding him to the one place that actually makes sense: the American League.
A year from now, when the only reason he strolls out of the dugout around four times a game to fulfill his role as a designated hitter, Barry will be sending thank-you notes back to the Bay. Okay, so he wont actually send them because his memory is too long and his manners, unlike his home runs, are far from prodigious.
"Although I am disappointed", Bonds posted on his Web site just hours before the formal announcement on Friday, "I've always said baseball is a business and I respect their decision. However, I am saddened and upset that I was not given an earlier opportunity to properly say goodbye to you, my fans, and celebrate with the city throughout the season, as I truly believe this was not a last minute decision by the Giants, but one that was made some time ago. I dont have nor do I want any ill feelings toward the organization."
Hard to believe that last sentence if you realize Bonds just got fired on the heels of forever putting San Franciso on the baseball map by breaking the most hallowed record in baseball.
Depending on which side you believe, the timing of this is either a little bit curious, compassionate, or cruel. Did Bonds force this issue? Can both recover enough goodwill to give Bonds his proper and deserved emotional sendoff next week? This is truly one of those rare times when someone else is deciding Barry's fate.
"My quest for a World Series ring continues," Bonds added. Since it wasnt going to happen in San Fran anyway, this is for the best. Bonds moves out and the Giants move on. There will be no more excuses for not getting younger and more athletic and ultimately, more competitive. Can't blame Barry anymore for every stubbed toe, but you also count count on him for those sellouts either.