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. 

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: 

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

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

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. 

Related

    Report: Showalter Expected to Be Fired by Orioles

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Report: Showalter Expected to Be Fired by Orioles

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report

    V-Mart Announces Retirement

    MLB logo
    MLB

    V-Mart Announces Retirement

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report

    Giants CEO Updates Contract Talks with Bumgarner

    San Francisco Giants logo
    San Francisco Giants

    Giants CEO Updates Contract Talks with Bumgarner

    NBCS Bay Area
    via NBCS Bay Area

    Rangers Fire Banister After 4 Seasons as GM

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Rangers Fire Banister After 4 Seasons as GM

    Mike Chiari
    via Bleacher Report