The San Francisco Giants have announced they will retire Barry Bonds #25, and he will become the first Giant to have his number retired who is not a member of the Hall of Fame.
“No other Giants player has worn number 25 since Barry’s final season. It’s time to officially retire his number in honor of his remarkable 22-year career as one of the greatest players of all time and for his countless achievements and contributions as a Giant. Barry grew up with the Giants and followed in the footsteps of his Godfather Willie Mays and another Giant legend who also wore number 25 — his late father, Bobby. By officially retiring number 25, we will not only pay tribute to Barry as the greatest player of his generation, but also honor the legacy of two of the greatest players to ever wear a Giants uniform.”
For 15 seasons, Bonds put up numbers like no other for the Giants and whether or not you believe PEDs played a role in his ability to play until he was 43-years old, it was still his God-given ability that made him great. And while Bonds may never get the call to hall, there will never be another #25 in the history of the San Fran Giants.
It has been 11-years since Bonds last played, his retirement was not on his terms and he never received the fond farewell he probably imagined. On August 11th Bonds and the fans of San Fran will have a chance to say goodbye the right way.
“I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season. As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans, are a part of my family. Growing up, Candlestick Park was my home away from home, and it is where my dad and godfather Willie played. For me to have played on the same field as them, wear the same uniform and now have my number retired, joining Willie and the other Giants legends is extremely special. Number 25 has meant a lot to me throughout my career and it is even more special that I got to share that with my dad.” – Barry Bonds
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Source: Yahoo Sports