The Home Run King at Last – What Should Bonds Do Now?
Posted by admin on August 10, 2007
A few nights ago, Barry Bonds ended his long-term home run saga by blasting number 756, by-passing legendary Hank Aaron. Bonds knew he had done it the moment the ball jumped off his bat.Â Visually relieved,Â he threw up his handsÂ in sheer joy, exclaiming what oneÂ would most likely guessÂ as something a long the lines of “Finally!” Well, being a Giants fan, I can tell you that we, Giants fans, are as relieved as he is. Even though it has been nice to have every single Giants game broadcasted on national television, the constant scrutiny and speculation have been rather annoying. This whole ordeal has been like a trip to a distant country. It’s fun while it lasts, butÂ once over, you’re glad to be home.
So, now that Barry Bonds has finally ascended to the highest echelon of baseball (barring a World Series championship), what’s next for him? Well, if you ask me what would be good for the Giants, I would reply that letting Barry walk would probably be for the best. And I’m not talking about the countless intentional walks that every scared pitcher has offered Bonds over the last few years. IÂ am talking aboutÂ allowing Bonds to ride into the sunsetÂ onceÂ his contract is up at the end of the year. Going out on top is every player’s dream, and now that dream can become a reality. Why, you ask, would a devoted Giants fan wantÂ arguably the best player ever to retire?Â BecasueÂ the retirement of Bonds would go a long way to helping the Giants in the future.
Have you taken a look at the Giants’ lineup of late? Well, here it is. Omar Vizquel,Â Dave Roberts,Â Ray Durham, Barry Bonds, Ryan Klesko, Randy Wynn, Benji Molina and RichÂ Aurilia. Every one of theseÂ players was very respectable in their hayday. But now, the lineup is exactly filled withÂ spring chickens. The fact of the matter is the Giants need some new blood. AndÂ with Barry ZitoÂ undeservedlyÂ taking up a large part of theÂ payroll for the next few years, the Giants need to get some funding someway or another if they want to build for the future. Sure, Bonds is a great player. But honestly, how long can heÂ keep it up? In recent years he hasÂ become less and less productive, and seeing as how he is in his 40’s now, he is unlikely to have any kind of noteworthy resurgence in his career.
No, what the Giants should do is let Barry Bonds go. As hard as it is for me to say it, Bonds is no longer the future of the franchise. The future comes in the form of a handful of youngÂ playersÂ with huge potential; namely Matt Cain, Noah Lowry,Â Tim LincecumÂ and Fred Lewis. These youngsters are absolutely tearing up the MLB right nowÂ and have very brightÂ careers ahead of them.Â However, even with all of that talent,Â each of the aforementioned up-and-comers currently receives aÂ very meager salary, especially compared to the astronomical wages which Bonds and Zito command.Â Other teams are going to take note of this andÂ will try to lureÂ them away with more money. The only way to stop this from happening and ensure that the Giants will have the tools to be successful in the future is to let Bonds go and payÂ his youngerÂ teammatesÂ with the money the organizationÂ would have allocated for him.Â Needless to say, butÂ the Giants is no longer Barry Bonds’ team. Yes, he is the home run king and yes, he is a shoe-in for the hall of fame, but it is time forÂ Barry to retire and let the new faces to step into the limelight.
Nishan Wilde is VP of SalesÂ for RobbinsÂ Sports and Athletics and a huge SF Giants fan.Â Â