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Bonds to join team today

February 22, 2005

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— Few spring training arrivals compare to the day Barry Bonds shows up at Scottsdale Stadium.

That's when the San Francisco superstar holds his annual state-of-Barry address -- and more often than not, it's the most he's says to reporters all season.

When he arrives today, it's sure to be quite an event. More than 100 media members are expected to attend, and they'll be looking for answers from the slugger that aren't sealed.

Bonds will be peppered with questions about the steroid controversy that constantly surrounds him.

Will it affect the legacy he leaves? Will his records be tainted? Does he care at all what fans think of him?

He might not answer any of them, or could choose to be candid.

This will be the first time the 40-year-old Bonds has spoken publicly since his grand jury testimony was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and reported in December. Bonds testified in December 2003 that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring, but said he didn't know they were steroids.

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