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MLB Legend Barry Bonds ‘Devastated’ By Willie Mays’ Loss of life: ‘I Love You Endlessly’

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV June 19, 2024 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Barry Bonds and Willie Mays are two of the greatest baseball players in the history of the sport, but their connection goes beyond their on-field greatness and importance in San Francisco Giants’ history. Mays was Bonds’ godfather, and the latter reacted to the

MLB Legend Barry Bonds ‘Devastated’ By Willie Mays’ Loss of life: ‘I Love You Endlessly’

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 19, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 3:  Willie Mays and Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants wave to the crowd before the Opening Day game against the San Diego Padres on April 3, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. The Padres won 7-0. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Barry Bonds and Willie Mays are two of the best baseball gamers within the historical past of the game, however their connection goes past their on-field greatness and significance in San Francisco Giants’ historical past.

Mays was Bonds’ godfather, and the latter reacted to the legend’s death at 93 years outdated on Tuesday.

“I’m past devastated and overcome with emotion,” Bonds wrote on his Instagram page. “I’ve no phrases to explain what you imply to me- you helped form me to be who I’m at the moment. Thanks for being my Godfather and all the time being there. Give my dad a hug for me. Relaxation in peace Willie, I like you eternally.”

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Barry Bonds shared a heartfelt message about Willie Mays on his Instagram. 🧡🖤 pic.twitter.com/pTWa2rZ5nk

Mays, who was often called the “Say Hey Child,” was a baseball icon because of a profession that included greater than 20 years within the main leagues (1951-73), a begin as an adolescent on the Negro Leagues’ Birmingham Black Barons and among the sport’s most memorable moments, together with The Catch within the 1954 World Sequence.

In all, he completed his profession with a World Sequence title, two MVPs, a Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months, a batting title, 12 Gold Gloves and an unbelievable 24 All-Star Sport choices.

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He’s sixth all time in dwelling runs (660), seventh in runs scored (2,068), twelfth in RBI (1,909) and thirteenth in hits (3,293).

Bonds sits atop that all-time dwelling run leaderboard with 762 lengthy balls and likewise holds the report for essentially the most dwelling runs in a single season with 73, which he reached in 2001.

It’s outstanding that two of the game’s best-known and most-accomplished legends had a godfather-godson relationship and performed nearly all of their profession for a similar franchise within the Giants.

Mays was an vital determine to Bonds, which was clear throughout the legend’s life and with the latter’s assertion on Tuesday.

Bonds’ father, Bobby Bonds, additionally performed for the Giants. He died in 2003 and was unable to attend the ceremony when the Giants retired Barry Bonds’ No. 25 in 2018. Along with speaking about his father, Bonds called Mays a second father determine to him throughout his speech on that day.

Mays additionally spoke on the occasion and even pushed for Bonds’ inclusion within the Baseball Corridor of Fame:

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Willie Mays telling the group Barry Bonds ought to be within the Corridor of Fame. “Vote this man in,” Mays mentioned throughout speech. Crowd erupts.

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Bonds additionally mentioned Mays was a part of his motivation for returning to baseball because the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach in 2015.

“I would like to do that,” he mentioned, per Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com. “I am going to by no means know if I prefer it except I strive. Baseball, that is my factor, that is who I’m. With every little thing I’ve finished as a hitter, I am the most effective at that. I would not have been capable of do it except the chance got here up. So I figured, if I’ll do it, I’ll do it the best way my dad would have finished it. I’ve obtained to be within the trenches with them.

“I might are available in for a day or two and provides them suggestions and issues, however what occurs when a man actually loses it and you are not there? See what I imply? So I type of wish to honor my dad for what he did. Honor my godfather [Mays] for what he did.”

He honored Mays once more together with his assertion on Tuesday.

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