Bonds issues statement about future

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Statement from Barry Bonds on his Web site
saying the San Francisco Giants will not bring him back for the
2008 season:
``Dear Fans,
``This journal will be one of my last entries as a San Francisco
Giant. Yesterday, I was told by the Giants that they will not be
bringing me back for the 2008 season. During the conversation with
Peter McGowan I was told that my play this year far exceeded any
expectations the Giants had, but that the organization decided this
year would be my last season in San Francisco. Although I am
disappointed, I've always said baseball is a business -- and I
respect their decision. However, I am saddened and upset that I was
not given an earlier opportunity to properly say goodbye to you, my
fans, and celebrate with the city throughout the season as I truly
believe this was not a last minute decision by the Giants, but one
that was made some time ago. I don't have nor do I want any ill
feelings towards the organization, I just wish I had known sooner
so we had more time to say our goodbyes and celebrate the best 15
years of my life.
``I consider the City of San Francisco and you, the fans, my
family. Thank you for loving me and supporting me throughout all
the highs and lows. I feel a deep connection with you as I have
grown up with all of you since the days my dad first became a
Giant. The Bay Area has loved my family and friends for so many
years and I thank you for that. It is now a time for change, as
many athletes have experienced. It is comforting to know that those
who have come before me -- Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Joe Montana
and Jerry Rice, to name a few -- have forever remained in the
hearts of the fans, as I know I will too.
``During my career as a Giant, so many people made significant
impressions on my life. I'd like to thank all my past and current
teammates. I've had the opportunity to play with some amazingly
talented ballplayers who have treated me with respect, supported me
and rooted for me throughout the years. Mike Murphy, our devoted
Equipment Manager, used to baby-sit me as a little boy at
Candlestick Park. There are no words to describe the love and
respect I have for him. Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper are the two
best broadcasters in the business. Their professionalism, integrity
and love for the game, puts them in a league of their own. I thank
them for their support and I'm honored to call them friends. It is
also important to thank all the men and women behind the scenes at
the stadium who come to work every day and make it possible for us
all to enjoy a day at the ballpark. I love walking to clubhouse
hearing their ``hellos'' every day.
``I would have loved nothing more than to retire as a Giant in
the place where I call home and have shared so many momentous
moments with all of you, but there is more baseball in me and I
plan on continuing my career. My quest for a World Series ring
``Until next time,

Barry Bonds''

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