7:05 PM ET, April 3, 2006
Petco Park, San Diego, California
A fan tossed a syringe near Barry Bonds as he
came off the field in between innings on Monday at Petco Park, and
the Giants slugger said he picked it up in his glove
and carried it off the field.
The syringe apparently did not have a needle.
"I just put it off the field so no one would get hurt," said Bonds, who is under investigation by baseball for alleged steroid use.
The syringe toss occurred after the bottom of the eighth inning.
"If that's what they want to do, embarrass themselves, then that's on them," Bonds said. "That has nothing to do with me at all."
According to the book "Game of Shadows," written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters, Bonds used a vast array of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone, for at least five seasons beginning in 1998. According to the book, Bonds used several substances in various forms, including by injecting himself with a syringe and taking injections from his personal trainer.
Bonds, who has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, was booed often by the sellout crowd of 43,767 on Monday.
"I don't judge them," Bonds said. "I have to concentrate on baseball. I leave that up to you guys to make those statements in the paper."
Richard Andersen, the Padres executive in charge of Petco Park, didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
-- The Associated Press
|Bonds went 1-for-4 with a ground-rule double.|
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush of Southern California, a San Diego-area native, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Josh Barfield. "Baseball was my first sport," Bush said before the game. "I wish I would have stayed with it." Then again, he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft later this month. ... Bush wore a Padres jersey with his college number, 5, on the back. ... Josh Barfield got a football autographed by Bush. ... Jesse Barfield admired his son's bats and shoes. "Equipment's so much better these days," he said. The elder Barfield also spoke by phone with his youngest son, Jeremy, a high school star in Texas who went 3-for-3 on Monday, including a game-winning homer. ... Closer Trevor Hoffman and bullpen catcher Mark Merila, who battled a brain tumor last season, raised the 2005 NL West championship banner. ... Piazza's homer was his 398th, tying Dale Murphy for 43rd. He became the ninth player to homer in first at-bat with the Padres.
Regular Season Series
|San Francisco leads 12-7 (as of Mon 4/3)|
|» Mon 4/3||@SD 6, SF 1||Box Score|
|Wed 4/5||SF 3, @SD 1||Recap|
|Mon 5/1||SD 10, @SF 4||Recap|
|Tue 5/2||SD 5, @SF 3||Recap|
|Fri 6/30||@SD 6, SF 5||Recap|
|Sat 7/1||@SD 7, SF 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/1||SF 4, @SD 1|
|Sun 7/2||SF 6, @SD 2||Recap|
|Thu 7/20||@SF 9, SD 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/21||@SF 8, SD 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/22||@SF 4, SD 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/23||SD 6, @SF 5||Recap|
|Mon 8/14||SF 1, @SD 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/15||SF 3, @SD 2||Recap|
|Wed 8/16||SF 7, @SD 5||Recap|
|Thu 8/17||SF 8, @SD 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/8||@SF 4, SD 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/9||@SF 5, SD 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/10||SD 10, @SF 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Giants | Padres|
|2nd||L Niekro singled to center, B Bonds scored.||1||0|
|2nd||M Piazza homered to right center.||1||1|
|5th||E Young hit sacrifice fly to left, J Barfield scored.||1||2|
|6th||K Greene homered to left, A Gonzalez scored.||1||4|
|8th||K Greene singled to right, B Johnson scored, A Gonzalez to third.||1||5|
|8th||V Castilla hit sacrifice fly to right, A Gonzalez scored.||1||6|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Petco Park, San Diego, CA|
|Attendance||43,767 (102.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|