Barry Bonds loves the city of Pittsburgh (apparently). It seems like the city doesn't have quite the same affinity for him however.
The Pittsburgh Pirates honored outfielder Andrew McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award today and Bonds was on hand to present the award.
When his name was called out and presented to the crowd, the watching spectators seemingly broke out in to two factions, one set applauding him on to the field while the others greeted the 49-year old with a chorus of boos.
Bonds was drafted by the Pirates in 1985 and made his major league debut for the organization a year later.
He was an all star twice and won the National League MVP honours two times as well during his time at the ball club.
Bonds then infamously left in free agency in 1993 and the Pirates world series chances went with him, which left fans feeling just a bit ticked off. The PED stories and allegations didn't help either.
And some sections of fans haven't forgot that fateful off-season. From the twitter of Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune:
"And Bonds gets booed. Big-time. Actually forces Greg Brown to pause."
Kovacevic then noted that the TV reporters were only hearing light boos and more ovations for the home run king:
"Possible explanation for difference in describing Bonds reactions: Press box behind longest-tenured season-ticket holders. TV guys on field."
"Written this before, but upper deck behind home plate is where most Three Rivers season-ticket holders were relocated. It was ALL BOOS here."
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