He didn’t admit it in so many words, but here’s what he said to Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding Bonds’ “did you ever get injected by anyone” testimony that formed the basis of the obstruction of justice charge:
Jury foreman Fred Jacob later described the panel’s reaction to that nonsense as: “Come on, you’re just telling stories here. Just say yes or no.”
And here’s Bonds’ testimony before the grand jury regarding being injected by anyone besides team doctors and personal physicians:
Now, you can say that’s a lie (I tend to think it was), but the jury didn’t think so. If they did, they would have and should have convicted him of perjury. But they did not. They instead took the position that Bonds was “telling stories” and not “just saying yes or no.” Except he said no. A straight “no” to a straight question. And yet the jury found this to be obstruction.
This is proof positive that the jury just punted here. They decided to “do justice” rather than follow the evidence. I’m not OK with that. You shouldn’t be either.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.