The notion that another season-long media barrage will slow Bonds doesn't appear likely either. He actually seemed to be enjoying the spotlight last week. "Just two years ago I was kind of written off," he said after last Friday's game. "Now I've almost forgotten what it's like to have a quiet life."
When Giants manager Dusty Baker was asked to assess Bonds's burst from the gate, he looked as if he had just bitten into a rotten plum. "Look, I've got to be honest-there is no explanation," he said, just as a whoop erupted from the gawkers at the batting cage. Baker paused to watch as a batting-practice pitch hit by Bonds disappeared over the wall and then just nodded his head before adding, "There's no way to explain it. No way. This is something else entirely, something we have to accept. Barry's really this good."
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