Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Barry Bonds letter to fans

USA Today is reporting today that San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou is cautiously optimistic that slugger Barry Bonds will return to the team in September.

He learned of this news from Barry Bonds personal Web site.

Isn't that ridiculous. Barry couldn't pick up the phone and give his manager the update himself?

Here is the letter to fans from his site:

Hello Fans,

Two weeks ago things didn't look too promising, but the past 10 days my rehab has taken a turn for the better. My strength and endurance have increased and my knee is feeling much better. I have been playing catch and in the next few weeks I hope to be in the cage doing some hitting. There is a good possibility that I could be back in September with the team, but, if not, I will definitely be in the 2006 lineup. With that being said, I will continue to stand behind Dr. Yocum and Clyde Brewster's professional advice. On another good note, Dr. Yucom ran my blood work. It came back negative. They have been testing the torque on my right leg and the levels are good. This is one more reason why I feel that my return is possible this season.
I would like to say hi and thank you to the Majestic team who has been working hard on my 2006 apparel line. As soon as I receive my samples I will take pictures to show you the new designs. To all the fans and collectors out there, thank you so much for all your suggestions about my site's store and for your requests to make some of my older authentic memorabilia available. I have started a new section in my e-store called the Barry Bonds Clubhouse Collection. This a series of game-used, game-issued and other unique items that come from my personal storage facility where I keep everything I have collected throughout my career. Contrary to all the fake and forged products out there in the market that claim to be from me, the truth is that I have kept the majority of all my game-used equipment from my career. The BBCC will allow fans and collectors to order items directly from me that are authenticated with my new tamper-proof holograms, the MLB holograms, along with a special hand signed and notarized COA. Ensuring the item's authenticity will never be in question. I tried to make sure there was something for everyone, but most of all to give my fans a trusted source for authentic memorabilia and collectibles.

At the Friday August 5th game, I had the opportunity to host some really special people in my suite at the ballpark. I would like to send a special thank you to Barbara Ralston and Dr. Jane Huang who helped coordinate the evening, along with Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. I was honored to be able to give these kids an opportunity to forget about their sickness and really enjoy themselves. I would like to share a little of the email that was sent to me:

"Dear Barry,

...I cannot tell you what a happy and poignant experience Friday night was. The kids who attended the game were all from places other than the Bay Area (Hawaii, New York, Wyoming), who had come to Stanford for treatment. They were just so in awe that they had a connection to you. All the kids had a great time, especially the oldest one, who idolizes you and who was going to be admitted back to the hospital for another rough round of chemo right after the game. It really distracted him from his anxiety about what was going to happen to him -- again.

It was an incredible experience for me to help the kids get away from their pain for a night. Thanks forever for allowing me to participate. They won everyone's hearts, and so did you. ...

Thanks ever, Barbara"

Keep those emails coming,

Barry Bonds

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