NEW YORK -- About 90 minutes before he went to work against left-hander Tom Glavine and the rest of the Mets on Wednesday night, Barry Bonds spent some quality time with a large contingent of reporters eager for the slugger's view on a variety of topics. Sitting on the bench in the Giants' dugout and surrounded by media five-deep, Bonds was courteous, but not revelatory, during the seven-minute conference. Bonds was most expressive in discussing the plight of his team, which entered the middle game of the Shea Stadium series with four consecutive losses. Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Mets in 12 innings dropped San Francisco into the National League West cellar, a percentage point behind Colorado.
"It's all about wins and losses," Bonds said at one point. As for some of the controversial aspects of his steady pursuit of Hank Aaron's record of 755 homers, Bonds repeated comments he has made elsewhere, and often. On the lack of a pledge from Commissioner Bud Selig to be in attendance when he moves into position to conquer the mark -- a stance recently criticized by his brother, Bobby Jr. -- Bonds said, "I love my brother ... but I don't have any problems with that. That's [the Commissioner's] own decision." On Aaron's similar attitude to not attend the potential record-breaker, Bonds said, "I don't have a comment on Hank Aaron. Let's talk about the team, and about me playing baseball." To a follow-up question about whether he was bothered by Aaron's position, Bonds replied, "I've never spoken in person to Aaron, so I couldn't answer that question. I don't have a thought about whether that bothers me. Hank Aaron has been in and around this game a long time, and is well-respected by all of us." Asked whether he had begun to think about his place in baseball history, Bonds replied with a dismissive, "Nah ..." Questions about this appearance in New York, his only one of the regular season, and about how he regards the magnitude of the "755" he chases elicited similar curt answers. When his Tuesday night reception was brought up -- appearing as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning, Bonds was welcomed by the boos of 47,940 -- Bonds smiled wryly and said, "It was almost like a concert."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.