The Cove
Deep coverage of the Giants

Mixture of Boos and Cheers for Barry Bonds in Pittsburgh Homecoming

View Comments ()



    Getty Images
    Former Pirates MVPs Dick Groat and Barry Bonds stand with 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Opening Day at PNC Park on March 31, 2014, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    Barry Bonds drew a mixture of boos and cheers during his return to Pittsburgh on Monday, more than two decades after the slugger famously left the Pirates for San Francisco.

    Baseball's career home run leader attended opening day festivities at PNC Park to present current Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen the NL MVP Award the centerfielder won in 2013. Bonds was the last Pirates player to win the award, earning the second of his record seven career MVP trophies in 1992.

    Bonds' appearance was his first with the team since leaving as a free agent for the San Francisco Giants before the 1993 season.

    The 49-year-old said it felt good to be back where his career began and credited the current group of Pirates for bringing winning baseball back to the city after two decades of losing.

    Exclusive: Barry Bonds Speaks Out About Steroids Scandal

    [BAY] Exclusive: Barry Bonds Speaks Out About Steroids Scandal
    For the first time in nearly seven years, Barry Bonds was in a San Francisco Giants uniform this week. The steroid allegations and court dates are starting to become a memory, and now, Bonds is trying to get a fresh start. Watch the full interview with Raj Mathai Thursday at 11 p.m. on NBC Bay Area. (Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014)