Growing up in Palo Alto, California, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson—like many kids in the Bay Area—was a big fan of San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.
But there's a difference between the player and the person. Just because an athlete shines on the field doesn't mean he's a gem off of it.
And Pederson learned that with Bonds.
The 24-year-old Dodgers outfielder revealed on Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan that his opinion of baseball's home run king has changed dramatically. When Los Angeles played a series against the Miami Marlins, Pederson asked his idol, who is the Marlins' hitting coach, for a picture.
Bonds (allegedly) turned his back and completely snubbed one of the game's promising young sluggers. And with that single gesture, Pederson's opinion of the controversial star changed in an instant.
Pederson still believes Bonds is the greatest hitter in baseball history, but he probably won't attempt another photo op with the seven-time National League Most Valuable Player ever again.