SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds blasted former White Sox
slugger Ron Kittle, whose recently released book quotes the San
Francisco Giants star as saying "I don't sign for white people" before a
game at Wrigley Field 12 years ago.
"Who is Kittle? How long did he play? He played in our
league?" Bonds said, lying on a clubhouse couch before Thursday's
game against the Royals. "Ha! Do you guys believe
that? ... Do you guys know my life history a little bit? ... One,
you insult my children, who are half-white.
"I was married to a woman who was white, so let's get real. I
don't even know the guy. Tell him he's an ... idiot. Somebody said
he wanted a piece of me. Tell him I'm at 24 Willie Mays Plaza and
he can come get me anytime he wants to -- with pleasure. Don't
insult my family."
In Kittle's book, "Tales from the White Sox Dugout," he writes
that he approached Bonds at his locker in the visitors' clubhouse
at Wrigley Field about autographing some jerseys to be auctioned
for a cancer charity. Kittle retired after the 1991 season, and
Bonds and the Giants were in Chicago to face the Cubs.
"It's the truth. I don't lie," Kittle told The Associated
Press in a phone interview Tuesday. "I tell it as it is. It's
unfortunate it happened. And I didn't bring it up to sell the
Kittle said the book's co-author, Bob Logan, asked him to write
about the good and bad aspects of the game.
"This was one of the rotten things that happened," Kittle
While he was furious at Kittle, Bonds said Thursday he was
pleased with the progress of his surgically repaired right knee.
But he dismissed a report that he hit soft toss in the batting cage
Wednesday, saying he was just playing catch.
"Hey, Murphy, have I touched any of my bats?" he hollered to
longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy. "I don't even know where
Bonds has had three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31,
the most recent on May 2 to drain fluid and examine an infection.
He has not played this season.
Bonds said he isn't ready to guess when he might be back in the
batter's box. Bonds has a routine doctor's appointment Friday to
have his blood tested and another Sunday. Trainer Stan Conte
believes Bonds could be off antibiotics sometime next week.
Will Bonds he back this season?
"I still don't know," Bonds said. "You guys will know when
I'll be ready. You'll see. There's no reason to discuss that stuff
until I'm with my teammates on the field."
Bonds said in spring training he could miss half the season or
even the entire year, but has been more optimistic recently about a
return. One popular timetable -- though the club won't make any
predictions -- has Bonds returning sometime around the All-Star
break. He turns 41 on July 24.
Bonds is third on the career home run list with 703, 11 behind
Babe Ruth and 52 from tying Hank Aaron's record. Bonds batted .362
last season with 45 homers and 101 RBI and walked a major
league-record 232 times on the way to his record seventh MVP award.