Mar 31, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates former shortstop Dick Groat (left) and former outfielder Barry Bonds (middle) present Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) with the 2013 National League MVP award prior to the Pirates hosting the Chicago Cubs in an opening day baseball game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Opening Day: Pirates fans give Barry Bonds mixed reaction during pre-game ceremony


The Pittsburgh Pirates honored outfielder Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award today and on hand for the festivities was Barry Bonds.

Before signing with the San Francisco Giants in 1993, Bonds spent seven seasons with the Pirates, winning two of his eventual seven career National League MVP awards – so needless to say, he did have a very solid history with the  Pirates while he was a member of the organization.

Of course, leaving in free agency certainly left a bitter taste in the mouth of Pirates fans who gave Bonds a heavy dose of mixed emotions when he walked on the field to present McCutchen with his award.

Seems as if you had a different perception as to what Bonds was hearing depending on your seat location. Regardless, it’s understandable that Pirates fans weren’t exactly happy with Bonds who hasn’t really had much association with the franchise since he left after the 1992 year. Then again, booing Bonds at a McCutchen award ceremony probably wasn’t the best idea either.

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  • Stargell_Stars

    People, forget the past. Like it or not, Bonds was a huge part of a short period in Pirates history. Yes, he failed miserably on a throw to get the slowest man in ex-Pirate history, Bream. AND he was a cantankerous puke of a human being on top of leaving the Bucs for $$$$. BUT, he also provided many a highlight while here, AND, this was all pre-roids. The man had the courage to show up in spite of the conjured up hate for him….shame on all who booed. And, forget the ‘roids, people. A large percentage of players were doing it in that era, with the look away approval of MLB. Let the hate reactions begin!