Barry Bonds
Mar 10, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants former outfielder Barry Bonds in the dugout during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A celebration of life was held at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, to honor Willie McCovey, who died on October 31. Barry Bonds, who paid tribute to McCovey on Twitter shortly after his passing, was one of the many men to speak.

Bonds detailed what McCovey meant to him as a kid growing up around Giants greats like his father, Bobby Bonds, godfather, Willie Mays, and McCovey.



Beyond just being great players for San Francisco, Bonds and McCovey are linked in another significant way.

In his career with the Giants, Bonds hit 35 home runs into McCovey Cove — the part of San Francisco Bay named after McCovey that sits just beyond AT&T Park’s right field wall.┬áThat significance was not lost on Bonds in his tribute.

As of the end of the 2018 season, 125 home runs have been hit into McCovey Cove (78 from Giants, 47 from opponents). The 35 from Bonds are easily the most of any player.


Michael Dixon
Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.