Bonds out of sight 

May, 14, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Giants rallied for a 6-5 victory Saturday by scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the on-field celebration was typical -- players jumping in jubilation, hammering their fists and patting each on the back. Conspicuously missing from the celebration was Barry Bonds, who was removed from the game after the eighth and was in the clubhouse.

Within minutes of the last out, Bonds was dressed and walking down the hallway toward the exit. Fast forward to Sunday. In a scene not witnessed in years, Bonds joined his teammates for their pregame stretch. Some in the Giants organization and even a local beat writer said Bonds' no-show on the field after Saturday's win was no big deal, noting that starting pitcher Noah Lowry also was absent. True. But how many starting pitchers are ever in the dugout for the final out of a game in which they've been lifted?

And while Bonds was absent, would Derek Jeter or Albert Pujols, like Bonds the face of their respective organizations, do the same under similar circumstances? Likely not.

ESPN's Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A's home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.