It's indeed a new season
Opening Day 2005 had all of the usual pageantry and anticipation. On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, Bay Area legend Huey Lewis sang, "The Star Bangled Banner" while U.S. Navy FA-18s performed the traditional flyover. The only time Barry Bonds took the field was to accept his unprecedented seventh Most Valuable Player Award. As he addressed the sold-out crowd that day, Bonds proclaimed, "I will be back." He did come back -- albeit 5½ months later.
Spring training '06 was wrought with a book detailing Bonds' alleged steroid use, a failed lawsuit his attorneys brought against the book's co-authors, a child custody hearing and now an investigation by Major League Baseball. Today, Bonds' 19th Opening Day, was like any other. He sat on a medicine ball and lifted weights, an I-Pod strapped to his right arm. Harvey Shields, one of Bonds' personal trainers, massaged his cranky right knee.