Saturday's game was not a lot of fun for Bonds, who struck out in his two at bats, dropping his average to .091 for the series. After the game he refused to talk to reporters, prudently choosing instead to powwow with Leyland in the manager's office until two o'clock Sunday morning. The talk effected a remarkable turnabout for Bonds on Sunday. Barry, Barry, quite contrary.
On the 20th anniversary of Roberto Clemente's final game in the major leagues. Bonds played what was quite likely his final game in Pittsburgh as a member of the Pirates. Sun Bonds flew in former Pirate Bobby Bonilla to surprise her husband. "This has been my home for seven years," Barry Bonds said shortly after midnight following Game 5, in which he went 2 for 5, drove in a run, scored two more, stole a base and made an improbable catch of what should have been a triple by Gant. "I didn't want it to end the way it was ending. I felt bad for the team. I didn't know how someone could be so outstanding for 162 games, then...."
In a word, stink. Perhaps it shouldn't be so remarkable that baseball fans in Pittsburgh lustily applauded the game's best player at all times last weekend. "I've felt like telling them, 'Don't cheer for me,' " Bonds said after Sunday's game. " 'Boo me. I haven't done anything for you lately.' "
Even so, as the two teams flew to Atlanta on Monday, either of them was in a position to win the pennant. Would this trip be Bonds's tour de force, or would he tour model homes instead? The World Series awaited one or the other: the Braves or the bravura performer.