Godfather Knows Best Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 July 2006

Bonds began coming to the Giants clubhouse as early as age 5 when father Bobby -- who died Aug. 23 -- was teammates with Mays. The youngster immediately tabbed Mays as his favorite player and recalled playing catch with the future Hall of Famer.

"I was just in awe over Willie," said Bonds about his godfather on CNBC's "The Edge With Carlos Watson." "Ever since I was a little kid, he's been my idol. ... We've been spending a lot more time together since my dad has passed away. And he's now my eyes behind my head in the game of baseball."

"He understands history now, much more than I think four or five years ago," said Mays. "He's gonna be the No. 1 player on the Giants right now, home run-wise.

 "So, to me, I'm proud of that. I quit. I'm out of the game, so why not have him go ahead on and try to get to the [Babe] Ruth [mark of 714], try to get to [Hank] Aaron [at 755] if he can? Take what you can take and that's the way I look at it."

 Mays also talked about how important it was for the young Bonds to go to college instead of joining the Giants after they drafted him in 1982.

 "Because he went to school, he already knew when he came to Pittsburgh [after being drafted again in 1985] that that's what he really wanted to do," said Mays. "And how he wanted to do it."

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