Barry Bonds continues to be like a fine wine. At the age of 54, he's still got it.
John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle was recently witnessing a show put on by Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader.
Bonds was in street clothes smacking ball after ball with a "whack" noise that Shea said was synonymous with the former Giants slugger.
Bonds was asking Giants' longtime batting practice pitcher, John Yandle to bring the heat, and even bring some specialty pitches into the mix with adding "more spin to the breaking balls."
He brought commentary into it all as well -- to anyone around who would listen to him.
"Boom. Oh, my Lord," Bonds said. "I got that one."
But he wasn't the only one who had something to say about what he was witnessing.
"I've seen that swing for years," said Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell, who's Bonds' age and played against him as a youth, "and that swing hasn't changed one bit."
Contact after contact. Hit after hit. It continued ...
Yandle has been around Bonds for years -- since the Candlestick Park years. The times where it would be more difficult to sneak away and take batting practice with a game going on. It was easier to do so at AT&T Park.
Remember, Yandle was throwing hard -- and he was throwing from 30 feet and players before the Yankees' series on Friday night would stop and watch. I can only imagine what a sight that must have been. Bonds created so much history, broke records in that exact area.
"You should enjoy it because you're watching greatness," Powell said. "You have to watch. I enjoy watching great hitters, and when we see something with one of our hitters and you think of somebody who's comparable, we look at that person's tapes. You want to see their movements. If they're comparable, you see how he does it."
And Shea wrote it himself: "No one's comparable to Bonds."
He couldn't be more accurate.