Barry Bonds looked like a completely different person at the Westminster Dog Show.
After spending the last several years largely out of the public spotlight, former MLB MVP Barry Bonds resurfaced at the Westminster Dog Show.
Bonds was a superstar in the 1990s and 2000s with the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates before that. While he hit more home runs than anyone in baseball history, Bonds was particularly prickly with the media throughout and the latter part of his career was marred with controversy, especially as it related to performance-enhancing drugs. This is why he hasn’t been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Here he is watching his miniature schnauzer Rocky compete at the Westminster Dog Show where his appearance is starkly different from the oversized look her had during his time with the Giants.
Barry Bonds was unrecognizable during the Westminster Dog Show
No doubt about Bonds slimming down after his playing career was over. He last played for the Giants in 2007 and is entering his final year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Bonds, as well as two other controversial players in pitchers Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, are percentage points away from getting into Cooperstown on their 10th and final ballots.
Though it has never been proven, Bonds is often associated with alleged steroid use during his career. The shame in it all is he would have been a first-ballot Hall of Hamer if he never allegedly dabbled with performance-enhancing drugs. For now, he seems to be happy in retirement watching his dog compete in the Westminster Dog Show.
If not for FOX’s Jen Hale telling us right off the bat, we would have no idea that was Barry Bonds.