Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Updated: February 27, 4:39 PM ET
Bonds to Wendell: Don't talk through media
ESPN.com news services
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds chastised Colorado reliever
Turk Wendell on Wednesday for accusing him of using steroids.
A day after Wendell said it was "clear just seeing his body"
that Bonds was taking steroids, the San Francisco Giants slugger
said the remark should've been made directly to him -- not a
Bonds also used profanity in his response.
"I heard about his comments. If you've got something to say,
say it to my face," Bonds said. "Don't talk through the media."
"I'm not worried about him. I'm not worried about anyone. I
have a lot of respect for Turk Wendell. I have a lot of respect for
every baseball player in this game," he added. "You got something
to say, you come to my face and say it and we'll deal with each
other. Don't talk through the media like you're some tough guy."
On Tuesday in Tucson, Wendell criticized Bonds to The Denver
Bonds, who has always denied using steroids, appeared in
December before a grand jury probing a supplements lab accused of
illegally distributing steroids to athletes.
His trainer, Greg Anderson, was among four men charged this
month. All the men have pleaded innocent and no athletes have been
"If my personal trainer, me, Turk Wendell, got indicted for
that, there's no one in the world who wouldn't think that I wasn't
taking steroids," Wendell was quoted as saying by the Post. "I
mean, what, because he's Barry Bonds, no one's going to say that? I
mean, obviously he did it. (His trainer) admitted to giving
steroids to baseball players. He just doesn't want to say his name.
You don't have to. It's clear just seeing his body."
Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle also chimed in on the subject.
"It is a pretty good coincidence that some of the names that
are linked to them are the guys that are the big, massive,
overmuscular looking guys," Neagle told the Post.
"I don't know or remember what Jason Giambi looked like back in
his early days, but I know he wasn't as big as he is now. The jury
is always going to be out on Barry."
Speaking after the Giants' first full-squad workout at spring
training, Bonds also hinted that he isn't going to put up with as
much from pitchers this season -- but he didn't go as far as saying
he'd retaliate if he gets hit.
"I'm not playing with any of these guys out there this year,"
he said. "It's going to be a battle and a war. That's just what
it's going to be. I think sometimes a couple of people got a little
bit too comfortable with me, and those things are going to change.
And it's going to change quick. Real quick. ...
"There's going to be a respect level. I'll respect you if you
respect me. But if not, then we're going deal with that on the
field. ... I don't ever threaten anyone. But things will be
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.