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Berry Tramel


Here-here for Bonds in the All-Star Game

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm •  Published: July 5, 2007

Baseball fans have voted Barry Bonds into the National League starting lineup for the All-Star Game, and I say, here-here.

I’m no Bonds fan, not anymore, not after what he’s done and how he’s behaved. But he belongs in the All-Star Game. Frankly, he belongs in the All-Star Game more than he belongs in a regular-season game.

The All-Star Game is exhibition. Mere window dressing. A beauty pageant. A chance for fans to see a spectacle, all the big names of the sport, dressed in their own squad uniforms, sharing a field.

Bonds will spice this All-Star Game, especially since it’s in his home city, San Francisco, the last place on Earth he’s not despised.

Even Bonds’ haters will be glad to see him. The All-Star Game has lost its zip in the last decade. Bonds will add much-needed spice to the midsummer classic. I’m glad he’s there.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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