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July 10, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
Perhaps jealous of Brett Favre's recent "Will he, won't he" attention from the media, Barry Bonds has begun to pop-up in the baseball rumor mill.
The 43-year old was the subject during one of Peter Gammons' in-game reports Sunday night. Gammons said that the Boston Red Sox have had "internal discussions" about Bonds.
Sox GM and prodigal son, Theo Epstein, did his best to squash those rumors, saying, "Again, I think we're looking more internal if we need a bat. We really haven't discussed it internally." Seems like a rather non-committal response, but OK, sure. Besides, not sure how much you want a guy on your team who once said: ""Boston is too racist for me. I couldn't play there." Especially since, ya know, the Red Sox play IN Boston.
(Shockingly, Curt Schilling had an opinion on the matter, and offered it up when he called into WEEI's morning talk show, saying it would be "three months of a PR nightmare. That would be an eye-opener for sure. I know Barry said in the past that he hates the city of Boston. I really don't know. I hadn't thought about that one, I didn't think that was on the radar.")
The next stop on the Barry Bonds Rumor Express is Arizona, where the Diamondbacks just lost outfielder Eric Byrnes for the season, and could use someone to take his spot. GM Josh Byrnes says, "I don't want to talk about [Bonds] specifically but, believe me, we've considered a lot of options. There is sort of no one obvious option right now, but there are a lot of considerations."
So there you have it. Definitive proof that Barry Lamar Bonds might indeed play somewhere at some time in the near to distant future. Maybe.