ASU's Murphy says Bonds already a donor

Sept. 13, 2004

Barry Bonds has given his legacy to Arizona State baseball and his time to ASU coach Pat Murphy.

That's plenty to Murphy. ASU fans need not wait for Bonds to cut a fat check that could bring 30-year-old Packard Stadium's core into the 21st century.

'He's already been a donor,' Murphy said. 'What he does for us in recruiting, and having the best player in baseball from Arizona State, is tremendous. To treat me with such care is really special.'

Murphy would rather have ASU act as the giver in a relationship dating to 1983-85, when Bonds starred for Jim Brock at ASU.

Murphy said ASU is considering a father-son theme to the area near Packard's entrance, where past players and coaches will be recognized. If they do it, statues of Bobby and Barry Bonds would be there.

'If we do that father-son statue theme, he'd be at the top of the list,' Murphy said.

Murphy said Bonds' relationship with ASU is much warmer than his public persona. Murphy visits Bonds when the Giants play in Phoenix and recently spent an hour with him. Murphy said Bonds hopes to visit ASU this fall.

'He's got a pretty big life,' Murphy said. 'It's like asking Michael Jordan to hang out on campus at North Carolina. He's done enough. He keeps hitting home runs. Every milestone helps the program. We don't have any plans to ask him for money, just to honor him and make him feel comfortable.'

Bonds, sitting third in major league home run history, is also third on ASU's career list. The two-time All-American hit 45 home runs, trailing Mike Kelly (46) and Bob Horner (56).

Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 11, 2004

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