Bobby so much more than Barry's father
Bobby Bonds was a unique talent, who combined speed and power in a way that few before him ever had.
Updated: August 25, 2003, 10:21 AM ETBy Jim Baker
When your obituary appears in the New York Times, you made something of your life and Bobby Bonds most certainly did. Bonds, who passed away on Saturday, was an extremely talented ballplayer who deserves his space on the Times' famous obituary page. Bonds was a unique talent, a man who combined speed and power in a way that few before him ever had. It was his fortune (and, to some extent, misfortune) to enter the big leagues to play alongside one of the men who had -- Willie Mays. While he learned much from having Mays as a teammate, Bonds was bound to suffer by comparison as anybody would.
One of the most ironic trades of all time was the one that sent Bonds to the
Yankees for Bobby Murcer. Hype had visited them both
with a vengeance as each was supposed to represent the
next generation's version of those one-time New York
stalwarts Mays and Mickey Mantle, respectively. That
is an awful burden to place on anybody. In the future,
it would be best not to compare newcomers to all-time
greats so that when they post decent careers -- as both
Bonds and Murcer did -- they will not seem like abject
failures by comparison.
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