Indictment of love: S.F. cheers home run champ Bonds at NLCS

David Brown

OK, here's some red meat for the masses. Barry Bonds, the all-time home run champ, was among several former San Francisco Giants participating in the first-pitch ceremony before Game 3 of the NLCS.

The same Barry Bonds who is to be tried for perjury by the federal government this spring. If Bonds' jury comes from the same sampling of folks attending Tuesday's game at AT&T Park, the feds might have a problem. For the most part, Bonds was cheered loudly. And he seemed to enjoy the attention (imagine that!).

"It's like I always try to tell people," [Bonds said recently.] "I don't have fans in San Francisco. I have family."

I read a good conversation on Twitter about the propriety of the Giants celebrating Bonds, especially while he's under indictment for lying about using performance-enhancing drugs. Should they do it?

I have no problem with it. As long as the St. Louis Cardinals employ Mark McGwire as a hitting coach, and the New York Yankees put Alex Rodriguez(notes) and Andy Pettitte(notes) in the lineup, what's the difference if some people think of Bonds as a disgrace?

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