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NLCS Game 3: They still love Barry Bonds in San Francisco

Barry Bonds raised his hands high above his head. He took off his cap and blew kisses at the crowd. The fans chanted, "Bar-ry! Bar-ry!"

The San Francisco Giants brought Bonds back to AT&T Park on Tuesday, to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the National League Championship series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Giants curiously forced Bonds to share the spotlight with three other members of the 2002 National League championship team, Shawon Dunston, Robb Nen and J.T. Snow. The four players each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, but Bonds got by far the loudest reaction from the crowd.

Bonds set the all-time home run record here three years ago, and the feat is commemorated on an outfield wall. However, the commemorative sign is dwarfed by ads for Bank of America and Comcast.

-- Bill Shaikin in San Francisco

 
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