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Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!

Kevin Kaduk
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We haven't yet heard any official word from Barry Bonds and there's probably a good reason for the silence from his camp. The former San Francisco Giants star has been spotted bumming around Maui this week, a destination that's both physically and mentally a world away from Cooperstown.

Joe Kinsey of Busted Coverage has a roundup of the people who have spotted Bonds around the Four Seasons in Maui in recent days, including a TMZ picture of the Home Run King strolling along the beach with a Brent Musburger-approved woman. That probably explains why still hasn't been updated since the Giants won the World Series or why he hasn't released a Comic Sans statement like his brother-in-exile Roger Clemens did.

That's not to say we can't guess how Bonds is feeling as he lays by the pool. He's on record as saying it would be "very sad" if he didn't make the Hall of Fame on his first try and recently said he didn't understand why the current climate was so biased against him:

"I don't even know how to explain it. The world has become so negative," Bonds told back in November. "One day, I'll be able to say things the right way. But it's tough when you have so many people out there who don't want to turn the page and want to be angry at you forever. I don't understand why it continues on. What am I doing wrong?

"I can sit here and say, 'You know what? Baseball is great. I love it. I can sit here and say in a very kind way that I'm sorry about the way things ended. I can sit here and say that I respect the Hall of Fame, which I do. But I don't understand all the controversy we're having about it. For what reason? What's there to be gained by all of this? What's the point?"

It'll be interesting to see if Bonds comes back and issues a statement that's speaking out against the majority of writers who voted against him. He could certainly use a good public image boost in the minds of many, so it'll be interesting to see what Bonds does — if anything — once he gets back to the mainland.

Stay warm this winter!
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