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Barry Bonds Honored by Video Tribute, Willie Mays at Giants Retirement Ceremony

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2018

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds waves to fans next to his mother, Pat, as he is honored during a ceremony to retire his jersey number before a baseball game between the Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants retired Barry Bonds' No. 25 prior to Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a star-studded ceremony that included appearances from Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Dusty Baker. 

San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

"Let me tell you a story about 25." –Danny Glover #Bonds25 | #SFGiants https://t.co/1q6tK409Pz

San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

Congrats from a few legends, Barry. @RonnieLottHOF @Pudge_Rodriguez @JoeMontana @SteveKerr @StephenCurry30 #Bonds25 | #SFGiants https://t.co/uRhKAOfcPI

David Lombardi @LombardiHimself

The Giants have officially retired Barry Bonds No. 25. It’ll sit right by Willie Mays’ 24 https://t.co/eivXBqSo83

Bonds made his grand entrance at AT&T Park from center field, at which point the Bay Area faithful welcomed Major League Baseball's all-time home run king back onto the diamond with a thunderous ovation: 

SF Giants on NBCS @NBCSGiants

Barry in the house #Bonds25 https://t.co/basMe55xEO

Shayna Rubin @ShaynaRubin

Bonds walks out to "The Next Episode." Sits with his godfather. https://t.co/KiHmQQOCCq

And then the speeches started, including one from a surprise guest:  

San Francisco Giants @SFGiants

Eric Gagne is here. #BeatLA | #Bonds25 https://t.co/7zIJDYoNOZ

Janie McCauley @JanieMcCAP

Dusty Baker: "I want to thank Barry for putting food on my table."

Bill Brink @BrinkPG

Jim Leyland: "Without question, [Bonds] is the best player I ever managed in my 22 years as a major league skipper."

Chris Haft/SF Giants @sfgiantsbeat

Jim Leyland reminds everyone that Bonds was one of the greatest Pirates of all time, too

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

Bobby Bonilla says to Barry Bonds: "B, you think the #Mets will retire my number?'

John Shea @JohnSheaHey

Willie Mays unexpectedly walked to the podium to huge cheers and said Barry Bonds was like a son. "I've had him since 5 years old."

Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

Willie Mays appealed to the Giants to erect a Barry Bonds statue and appealed to Hall of Fame voters to put Bonds in Cooperstown. "Let him have it."

Chris Haft/SF Giants @sfgiantsbeat

Now Bonds himself speaks. Dons reading glasses: "I'm overwhelmed with emotion as the reality of this day sets in."

The evening also featured a creative tribute to Bonds' splashdowns in McCovey Cove: 

Bleacher Report MLB @BR_MLB

All of Barry Bonds’ splash hits commemorated on his jersey retirement night #Bonds25 (via @LombardiHimself) https://t.co/d2I0p7ZpgE

Now immortalized at AT&T Park, Bonds will set his sights on inching closer toward enshrinement in Cooperstown after he fell short of qualifying for the Baseball Hall of Fame with a 56.4 percent vote share earlier this year. 

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