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Bonds already hears boos

Barry Bonds walked onto the field at Fenway Park this afternoon at just about 5:10 p.m. He stood, surrounded by cameras and teammates and his publicist, and looked out over the ballpark.

Soon after, Bonds, who generally speaks on the first day of every road series, though he didn’t on his last stop in New York, walked over to the visitor’s dugout where a large group of media was gathered to interview Dave Roberts. It looked for a moment as if Bonds was going to decline to speak again, when he realized that the group wasn’t ready for him that instant. But, soon after, Roberts was freed — and Bonds walked in.


At first uncertain about the use of a microphone — attached to portable speaks placed on the dugout top to make his words accessible to more media — Bonds finally relented and allowed the mini-mic to be affixed to his jersey top.

He then proceeded to answer questions for about 6 minutes, 30 seconds, before the interview ended.

When he rejoined his teammates for stretching, he heard the first of likely many boos. He heard more as he stood, chatting with some friends, including Red Sox minor league field coordinator Rob Leary, a friend from childhood.

Signs and banners are out, in quite a colorful array.

We’ll get you the full transcript of his media interview shortly. (Just give me a minute to transcribe.)


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