Ron Kittle is no fan of Barry Bonds—not after his tense encounter with the slugger at Wrigley Field in 1993. Here’s an excerpt from Kittle’s book, describing how he approached Bonds with a couple of Bonds’ game-worn San Francisco Giants road jerseys, asking him to autograph them for an auction for Kittle’s charity for children with cancer:
“I paid about $110 of my own money for them, so they could be auctioned off at the golf outing. I did that all the time for stars like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Derek Jeter and Roger Clemens. When I tell them how their autographs help the cause, every player gladly signs—with one exception.
I walked up to Bonds at his locker in the Wrigley Field visitors’ clubhouse, introduced myself and said, “Barry, if you sign these, they’ll bring in a lot of money for kids who need help.”
Bonds stood up, looked me in the eye and said, “I don’t sign for white people.” If lightning hits me today, I will swear those were his exact words. Matt Williams and other Giants were in the room and they heard what Bonds said.