“Not much. What’s new with YOU?”

During the Giants series, I was intrigued to observe the banter between Mets players and Barry Bonds when he got on base.

05290710crop_2 This was not a noteworthy phenomenon; in the lull between pitches and at-bats, I’ve previously witnessed plenty of friendly asides exchanged between opposing players. 

As I’ve observed this over the years, I have often speculated what the conversations might entail.

The weather? 

"Man is it HOT out here.  Can we get this one over or WHAT?!" 05290711crop_4 

Could the visiting player be asking the home player where he could get good barbeque in the vicinity of the stadium?

Or maybe the home player even razzes the base-runner: 

"Man, the only reason you are on base is because of a lucky break you got on that slider, man."

Who knows.

But as I looked through my telephoto lens at Bonds and Delgado and, later, Bonds and Wright and saw the smiles and laughs they were having together following what were lots of boos from the Shea crowd, I suspected the conversations went something along the lines of

"Man, are you sure this record is worth all this attention??"

"God, do I get sh*t or WHAT?!  It’s so predictable…every **** night!  I’ve gotten so I MISS it and feel neglected if it doesn’t happen!"

I guess I’ll never know what those guys are truly yakking about, but I kinda like speculating anyway!

The CIRCUS comes to Town!




Yes, the CIRCUS that is the Barry Bonds Express came to town the night before last.

But, hey, you know what?  Bonds_clown_copy_3 He’s been merely a SIDE SHOW so far, especially in all of the hoo-hah of Tuesday evening’s festivities when he was merely called upon in extra innings to pinch hit. 

Although many fans were anxious to show up to make a scene, so far, booing and cat-calls, seem to be about all that have taken place to welcome Bonds to Shea.  He has, as expected, been booed at every plate appearance and when any ball comes his way in the field.  So far nothing has been thrown at him or onto the field.

But other than that, Number 25 has not been much of a spectacle, I must say.

There was the initial eye-catching WARM-UP ACT on Friday night in the appearance by one of the notorious high-flying, er, Molinatrapeze high fly BALL-hitting MOLINA BROTHERS starting things off promptly in the First Inning with a home run right over Endy’s head.

But no.  Those were really side attractions.

The REAL SHOW awaited only those who stayed around until the GRANDE FINALE in the bottom of the 12th inning, when entering the CENTER RING was–no stranger to Shea audiences–the GREAT ARMANDO!!

As usual, however, he proved no match for a pressure situation.  This time–in an opposing team uniform–thank GOD!–Jose Reyes and the Shea crowd taunted him mercilessly! Armandoreyes_2