Daily Southtown (Chicago), May 31
Ron Kittle is no fan of Barry Bonds — not after his tense encounter with the slugger at Wrigley Field in 1993. Here’s an excerpt from Kittle’s book, describing how he approached Bonds with a couple of Bonds’ game-worn San Francisco Giants road jerseys, asking him to autograph them for an auction for Kittle’s charity for children with cancer:
“I paid about $110 of my own money for them, so they could be auctioned off at the golf outing. I did that all the time for stars like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens. When I tell them how their autographs help the cause, every player gladly signs — with one exception.
I walked up to Bonds at his locker in the Wrigley Field visitors’ clubhouse, introduced myself and said, “Barry, if you sign these, they’ll bring in a lot of money for kids who need help.”
Bonds stood up, looked me in the eye and said, “I don’t sign for white people.” If lightning hits me today, I will swear those were his exact words. Matt Williams and other Giants were in the room and they heard what Bonds said.
(Posted on May 31, 2005)