Barry Bonds held court before Monday’s game against the Diamondbacks.
Barry Zito held court during the game.
The left-hander had one of his better starts of 2012, which is saying quite a bit.
Zito gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk in 7-plus innings. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff home run in the eighth on just his 93rd pitch of the game.
As Tim Lincecum continues to struggle, its refreshing to get quality starts out of Zito.
And if Lincecum can’t figure out his troubles, he could always ask Barry Bonds.
The former Giants slugger seemed to think he has an idea on how to fix the Freak.
Actually, Bonds thinks he has a lot to share with the younger Giants. And he indicated he’s has discussions with the Giants to do just that.
“I had a nice conversion with (Giants managing partner) Larry Baer,” Bonds said during a visit to AT&T on Monday. “The Giants have a lot of young players with a lot of ability. And hopefully I can get the opportunity to work with them.”
MoreSplashHits has always thought Bonds would be a good hitting instructor, sharing tips on pitch selection and hitting approach with Giants hitters.
But there’s been a fog over Bonds since he retired. First, it was the ongoing witch hunt by federal prosecutors that lingered on year after year.
That pursuit ended last year with a conviction for obstruction of justice, the least of the charges brought against him.
That conviction, which is currently on appeal, may be a stumbling block in Bonds pursuit to work for the Giants.
Even if the Giants agree to some arrangement for Bonds to be a roving instructor, commissioner Bud Selig, who has never had a soft spot in his heart for Bonds, could block on the basis of that conviction.
“I’m a convicted felon of obstruction of justice and that’s what I am,” Bonds admitted Monday. “I live with that. It will never go off your mind. You never forget those things. You move on (but) I’ll never forget.”
That being said, Bonds appeared in good spirits and good health. He’s dropped 20-25 pounds since his playing days as he spends his time running and cycling. And he cheered on the Giants as he hosted some inner-city youths who earned a day with Bonds by keeping up good grades.
As Barry said, the Giants have only lost once when he’s returned to AT&T as a spectator. His hot string continued Monday, which is reason enough to keep Barry coming back to the yard.