Gifted Bonds battled high expectations

Bobby Bonds always faced high expectations, obscuring the fact that he was a heck of a player.

Originally Published: August 23, 2003
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

The film clip of Bobby Bonds most people remember is one that shows the incandescent greatness of Willie Mays.

And yet, that clip is the one that explains Bonds' playing career best --- as a superb player both ahead of his time and yet doomed to comparisons he could not win.

The clip is of a young Bonds, playing right field in the wind-blown hellhole that was Candlestick Park. He is running toward the chain-link fence to chase down a flyball when suddenly, from the left of the frame, ...

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