San Francisco Giants have announced the intention to retire No.25 jersey in honor of their former left fielder Barry Bonds. Out of the 22 season in MLB, Bonds spent 15 with the Giants. The ceremony will be held on August 11 at AT&T Park when the Giants host Pittsburgh Pirates, the team with whom Bonds spent first seven years of his career.
“I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season.” – said Bonds in a statement. “As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans, are a part of my family. Growing up, Candlestick Park was my home away from home, and it is where my dad and godfather Willie played. For me to have played on the same field as them, wear the same uniform and now have my number retired, joining Willie and the other Giants legends is extremely special. Number 25 has meant a lot to me throughout my career and it is even more special that I got to share that with my dad.”
This is a great honor for Barry Bonds, especially since San Francisco Giants don’t retire the jerseys of their former players too often. The team has only retired 11 numbers in their history, and all of them belonged to Hall of Famers.
“No other Giants player has worn number 25 since Barry’s final season.” – said the team in a statement. “It’s time to officially retire his number in honor of his remarkable 22-year career as one of the greatest players of all time and for his countless achievements and contributions as a Giant. Barry grew up with the Giants and followed in the footsteps of his Godfather Willie Mays and another Giant legend who also wore number 25 — his late father, Bobby. By officially retiring number 25, we will not only pay tribute to Barry as the greatest player of his generation but also honor the legacy of two of the greatest players to ever wear a Giants uniform.“
Barry Bonds is widely considered as one of the greatest baseball players in history. He was named National League MVP seven times, received 12 Silver Slugger Awards and eight Golden Glove Awards alongside 14 All-Star selections. Bonds set many MLB records which still stand today including the ones for most career home runs (762) and home runs in a season (73).