Bonds Pulls Off All-Star Voting Comeback

Controversial slugger beats out Soriano for Frisco game slot
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2007 4:00 AM CDT
A fan, left, greets San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds in left field during the seventh inning of the Giants' baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 29, 2007, in San Francisco....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds will start in his fourteenth All-Star Game after a surprise eleventh-hour flurry of votes. The 42-year-old slugger beat out Alfonso Soriano for a slot in the NL lineup, after some highly publicized championing by San Francisco's clubhouse.

"This is the one I'll remember forever," said the veteran, who's been dogged by steroid rumors and unpopularity inside baseball—the Chronicle reports he fared poorly in the players' vote. But Bonds, who also picked up his 2,900th hit in a 13-0 rout of Arizona yesterday, can bank on home-town solidarity: He'll patrol the outfield on July 10 at AT&T Park. (Read more Barry Bonds stories.)