The booing will be swift, decisive and unrelenting. Yet, the seven-time Most Valuable Player has a certain fondness for the place his Southern California brethren call home.
"Dodger Stadium is the best show I ever go to in all of baseball," Bonds said in February 2005. "They say, 'Barry sucks' louder than anybody out there. You know what, you've got to have some serious talent to have 53,000 people say you suck. And I'm proud of that."
He'll get his wish.
The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are the only two national newspapers with reporters still assigned to covering Bonds. In fact, there is no assigned seating in the press box for the first time all month.
The Giants open a three-game series against the Marlins on Monday in Miami. Monday is also Game 4 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. Pistons-Heat. In Miami. The Marlins have the lowest average home attendance in the major leagues: a mere 11,404 fans per game.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have the second-lowest average home attendance with 16,513 fans a game -- 45 percent more than the Marlins.
While Bonds may be the opening act, Three Dog Night may close the show. Tickets are available.
McGwire's chase was a celebration of the game. Bonds' seems more like a big drag. The obvious difference is all the evidence that has emerged in recent years over alleged steroid use by Bonds. That and Bonds' prickly attitude over the decades seems to be turning fans away.
McGwire is no longer viewed as the savior he was hailed as back in 1998, especially after the way he came off during last year's Congressional hearings on performance-enhancing drug use within baseball.
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