During the Giants series, I was intrigued to observe the banter between Mets players and Barry Bonds when he got on base.
As I’ve observed this over the years, I have often speculated what the conversations might entail.
Could the visiting player be asking the home player where he could get good barbeque in the vicinity of the stadium?
Or maybe the home player even razzes the base-runner:
"Man, the only reason you are on base is because of a lucky break you got on that slider, man."
But as I looked through my telephoto lens at Bonds and Delgado and, later, Bonds and Wright and saw the smiles and laughs they were having together following what were lots of boos from the Shea crowd, I suspected the conversations went something along the lines of
I guess I’ll never know what those guys are truly yakking about, but I kinda like speculating anyway!
STEP RIGHT UP, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS!!
IT’S THE GR-R-R-R-R-EATEST SHOW ON EARTH!!
Although many fans were anxious to show up to make a scene, so far, booing and cat-calls, seem to be about all that have taken place to welcome Bonds to Shea. He has, as expected, been booed at every plate appearance and when any ball comes his way in the field. So far nothing has been thrown at him or onto the field.
But other than that, Number 25 has not been much of a spectacle, I must say.
There was the initial eye-catching WARM-UP ACT on Friday night in the appearance by one of the notorious high-flying, er, high fly BALL-hitting MOLINA BROTHERS starting things off promptly in the First Inning with a home run right over Endy’s head.
But no. Those were really side attractions.