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Barry Bonds delivers message of support to NLCS-bound Giants

Mark Townsend
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Let there be no doubt that Barry Bonds' heart remains in San Francisco.

When confronted by TMZ cameras on Wednesday afternoon and asked about the San Francisco Giants upcoming NLCS matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds said the following.

"I will always be a Giants fan. The Giants are in my heart. The city I love. It's like I always try to tell people I don't really have fans in San Francisco, I have family. That's my family. So if you think I'm going for Philadelphia forget it. I'm a Giants fan for life. I love you. Much love to San Francisco."

He then blows a kiss to the camera.

"I hope you beat their [expletive]."

This is pretty much the response I would have expected (minus the blown kiss).

His dad spent the bulk of his career with the Giants. Barry did the same and was, of course, the team's best player on San Francisco's last pennant-winner in 2002.

Even though the Giants did not bring him back for the 2008 season and there could have been bitter feelings, I don't doubt for one second that he feels and meant everything he said in that statement. That's something I don't think I have said about Bonds in the past decade.

I've spent many years bashing Bonds, not believing a word he has said, even writing fake movies about him. However, I'm ready to get past all that nonsense and I'm ready to respect Barry Bonds again for his accomplishments that were Hall of Fame worthy even before the controversy began. That's a big step for me, but it's just time to move on.

It'll be interesting to see if Bonds shows up at AT&T Park during any NLCS games. He has been at a few games the past two seasons, so it wouldn't be surprising if he throws out a first pitch.

You can view the short clip on TMZ.com. Just be warned there is language that may not be appropriate for your current location.

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