SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' reality TV show chronicling
the slugger during his pursuit of Hank Aaron's career home run
record will debut April 4 on ESPN2, the network announced
The show, titled "Bonds on Bonds" and produced by Mike Tollin
and Brian Robbins, will offer a weekly behind-the-scenes look at
Bonds and the San Francisco Giants throughout the season. Bonds,
who turns 42 in July, enters 2006 with 708 homers, seven shy of
passing Babe Ruth and 48 from breaking Aaron's mark.
"It was over 10 years ago when Mike Tollin interviewed me for
the Hank Aaron documentary and I said at the time that no one will
ever get close to 755," Bonds said in a statement. "At the age of
42 to finally have a chance to catch legends like Babe and Hank is
really a mind-blowing honor."
The first episode will be an hour long and air April 4 at 8 p.m.
ET on ESPN2. The rest of the episodes air at 7 p.m. ET on
Tuesdays throughout the season. ESPN said it has an agreement to
air 10 hours of programming, with most episodes being a half-hour
and some an hour.
Bonds has already been followed around lately by his own
videographer, who has been chronicling his every move at spring
training, including in the locker room. There will be two to three
cameras filming Bonds most of the season. The show will also
include archival footage and game highlights.
Giants manager Felipe Alou said earlier this spring he had no
concerns about the show becoming a distraction in the clubhouse.
"I don't believe it will affect this veteran team," Alou said.
"The main guy is Barry and if he does his thing with the bat and
is not affected by it, I don't think we'll be."
Bonds is not expected to play Thursday in San Francisco's spring
training opener against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix. It looks
as though his first game might not come until Sunday, when the
Giants host the U.S. team from the World Baseball Classic at
The designated hitter will be in use for that game.
"Barry will tell me when he's ready," Alou said.
For the second straight day, Bonds dressed up like Paula Abdul
on Wednesday to judge the Giants' version of "American Idol."
Bonds opted for a Giants T-shirt tied at the midriff and a skirt
instead of the black strapless dress he wore for the event Tuesday.