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ANOTHER MEDIA-BAITING INCIDENT BY ONE OF MLB'S STARS
Published May 10, 1996
Giants OF Barry Bonds engaged a shoving match with USA Today baseball writer Rod Beaton in the team's clubhouse before last night's game in St. Louis. According to Mark Gonzales of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, Beaton was waiting to interview Giants 2B Robby Thompson, who was talking at the time with four Red Wings players visiting the Giants. Bonds apparently took issue with what he perceived to be Beaton's loitering, and told him, "Don't be hanging out in my house." A later exchange resulted in Bonds shoving Beaton. Bonds later said it was "miscommunication." But Beaton, noting that Bonds did not apologize when they spoke after the game, said, "Something has to be done. Writers can't be fair game" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/10). USA TODAY noted the incident in the Giants section of the paper's "NL Notes" column. Beaton does not intend to file a complaint, and the paper "considers the matter closed" (USA TODAY, 5/10). Columnist Mark Purdy writes the post-strike "thaw" between MLB players and the media is over and that many "big-name" players "apparently feel they can say and do (or not say and not do) anything without repercussions." He adds, "Guess what. That was true in the past, back when baseball was the undisputed king of spring and summer. But my gut feeling lately is, that's no longer a fact." Purdy also refers to the shoving of a reporter from a national daily newspaper as a "good marketing strategy" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/10).