Bonds in 2006
July 24, 1964 |
I was a momma's boy. I didn't get anything from Dad, except my body and baseball knowledge. The only time I spent with him was at the ballpark.
Making the Hall of Fame, would it be something that's gratifying because of what I've sacrificed? Sure. Baseball has been a big part of our lives. We've sacrificed our bodies. It's the way we made our living.
Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.
As an athlete, you only have so much time. The window only has so much time and then it closes. You have to take care of yourself the best you can.
Young players need to know how to take care of themselves for life after baseball.
But to be the best, you must face the best. And to overcome your fear, you must deal with the best.
I want to be part of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, but I don't want to be part of the kind of Hall of Fame that's based on voters' beliefs and assumptions.
I could learn how to press 'Record' on a tape recorder and write for a newspaper or a magazine.
It's called talent. I just have it. I can't explain it. You either have it or you don't.
I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport.
I'm an expert in baseball and I don't even have a job. I'm an expert, more so than a lot of people out there. It should be my career until I'm dead. I should be one of the instructors. I think I've earned it.
I'm going to go back to the Bay Area, this is my thing, and I'm just going to open my own school of baseball. Find a facility, find a place and just teach kids. That's what I want to do.
I'd like to help educate kids about the Major Leagues – what to anticipate, what to expect, what they'll need to do to prepare themselves.
I don't know what you guys say, but at home, life is way different from baseball.
I have a chef who makes sure that I'm getting the right amounts of carbs, proteins and fats throughout the day to keep me at my max performance level.