Variety of reactions after Bonds guilty verdict


Variety of reactions after Bonds guilty verdict

April 13, 2011

(AP) Reaction to Barry Bonds' conviction on one count of obstruction of justice:

"I think everyone's so tired of steroid allegations. BALCO and -- what was the other one? -- Mitchell Report. Baseball's turned the page on that stuff. It's a clean sport now, and there's no way to beat the system." -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

"I don't follow that stuff. When I played with Barry, he was a great guy. I had fun playing with him. He was one of the best left-handed hitters in the game and maybe the best." -- Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, who was Bonds' teammate with the Giants.

"The court case today showed he didn't do anything wrong, and he's not guilty for lying." -- Giants pitcher and Bonds teammate Matt Cain.

"Obviously, they don't have the evidence. ... If you could picture anyone recently in a Giants uniform, it's him. He did a lot for the community. We want to move on and get past this. We've got a good drug program in place. It's old news at this point." -- Giants outfielder and Bonds teammate Nate Schierholtz.

"This trial is a stark illustration of how far this sport has come." -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

"It is a wonderful day for the good guys, for those who choose to play fair. The most important thing for the youth of America is to get a very strong signal that winning isn't all it's cracked up to be if you have to cheat your way to get there." -- Don Hooton, whose 17-year-old son Taylor committed suicide, a death doctors blamed on depression after he stopped using steroids.

"This case is ongoing, and we expect it will proceed in a fair and orderly manner. Accordingly, we have no comment at this time." -- the San Francisco Giants in an official statement.

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Giants lineup: Morse gets first start, Posey out vs Padres

Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts today at 6:00pm with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Andy Green and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Padres (9-15)

1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Jabari Blash (R) RF
9. Luis Perdomo (R) P

Giants (8-15) 

1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."