The outfielder was acquired July 31 by the Giants from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Matt Morris trade, joining the team when Barry Bonds had 754 home runs. The 26-year-old rookie spoke about the change in scenery with The Examiner.
How has the adjustment to the new team been? I’m just enjoying the whole atmosphere here. It’s been a really friendly environment so far.
Has all of the media attention surrounding Bonds surprised you? I wasn’texpecting anything, really, and to go from that to having all these people in the clubhouse is just amazing. I guess this is what the playoffs would be like, this type of environment.
Is it exciting as a player to be on the field with Bonds as he makes baseball history? The energy is transferred into everyone in the clubhouse. And everyone looks at it as a great opportunity to be a part of history, I think. It’s definitely one of those things you can tell your grandkids: “I played with Barry Bonds, the home run king.”
Have you spoken much to Bonds yet? I’ve talked to him a little bit. He’s a busy man right now and I’m sure his time is very precious to him. And if he does give you time, that’s really an honor and a great opportunity to talk and learn from someone of that status.
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