Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


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 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)

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Photos

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Mays was Bonds’ godfather, and the latter reacted to the legend’s death at 93 years outdated on Tuesday.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

FOX Sports activities: MLB @MLBONFOX

Barry Bonds shared a heartfelt message about Willie Mays on his Instagram. 🧡🖤

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.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

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:

John Shea @JohnSheaHey

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.

SFGiants @SFGiants


Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

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 “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.

Read More

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Evan Elder beat Darrius Flowers with a second-round submission Saturday to open the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 59 at Ball Arena in...


He’s been called God’s influencer. The patron saint of the internet. And now Carlo Acutis will be the first-ever millennial to be named a...


Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV July 9, 2024 Tim Warner/Getty Images The Utah Jazz reportedly aren't keen to part with Walker Kessler. According...


MMA Junkie analyst Dan Tom goes in depth to break down the biggest fights in the UFC. Today, he takes a closer look at...


I t’s Tuesday night on the Las Vegas Strip. Crowds have been flowing into the Michelob Ultra Arena for the past two hours, a...


Courtesy of the better-late-than-never arrival of WrestleMania XL: Behind the Curtain, WWE fans saw one of their most popular theories come true—the initial plan...


Jon Anik would like to see Nate Diaz handle some unfinished business if he comes back to the UFC. Diaz called out welterweight champion...

American Football

Gary Davenport @@IDPSharks Featured Columnist IV July 9, 2024 Every NFL Team's Biggest Fantasy Football Value in 2024 0 of 8 Raheem Mostert Cooper...


Sean O’Malley Says He’s Unsure If He’ll be Booked for UFC 306 During a recent edition of the “TimboSugarShow,” Sean O’Malley revealed he does...


my favs Access and manage your favorites here DISMISS Scores Watch UEFA Euro 2024 COPA AMÉRICA Odds Stories SPORTS & TEAMS PLAYERS SHOWS PERSONALITIES...


Tom Aspinall could force the UFC’s hand in his UFC 304 main event fight with Curtis Blaydes, according to Daniel Cormier.  Briton Aspinall rematches...


Former New England Patriots head coaching legend Bill Belichick is no longer an NFL coach, which is an occurrence that has not happened since...


A two-time former champion has an opportunity to do something rate later this summer. Israel Adesanya will try to win the UFC middleweight title...