'Bonds on Bonds' headed for hiatus

'Bonds on Bonds' headed for hiatus

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Bonds on Bonds," the apparently short-lived inside look at the life of Giants slugger Barry Bonds, is probably heading for a hiatus after Monday's one-hour segment, said one of its lead producers Tuesday night.

The show may hang around for an extra week if Bonds hasn't hit his 715th homer by then, but in all likelihood, the Tollin/Robbins production will end with Thursday's 30-minute episode commemorating homer No. 714 and the 60-minute wrapup Monday.

"[The extra show] is something that's floating around," said Jonny Fink, the producer who has been on site since Spring Training, directing the crews that have filmed the show. "We may do another if he's still stuck on 714. Stay tuned."

The show was originally supposed to extend until the July 10-12 All-Star Game break. Tollin/Robbins, the production company that has filmed and produced the show, contracted with ESPN Entertainment and Bonds to provide 10 hours of programming. If the show ends Monday, only 5 1/2 hours will have made its way on the air.

"We didn't think he'd have hit only six homers at this point," Fink said. "I'm really not sure what else there is to say after this."

Bonds said before Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals at AT&T Park that he would be relieved when the show ceases production.

"The show has been fine; if it's over next week, it's over," Bonds said. "It'll be nice to get back into a [baseball] routine and have some quiet around here."

The show, though, has had its intended impact. Cardinals power hitter Albert Pujols, who was interviewed before the game for one of the upcoming segments, said he has been watching it religiously.

"I watched it last week and I feel sorry for the guy," said Pujols, whose 22 homers have him on course to break Bonds' single-season record of 73 homers amassed in 2001. "I wouldn't want to have his life."

Bonds laughed when appraised of Pujols' comment.

"He'll get my life if he keeps hitting the ball like that," Bonds said. "One of these days he's going to get it."

to the babe and beyond

Production of the show had its problems at times. And the Bonds camp had some creative differences. Bonds wanted more of his family and friends' lives detailed on the show, which often dwelled on the weekly controversies that plague the 41-year-old slugger who is tied with Ruth at 714 and remains 41 behind Hank Aaron's all-time leading 755.

"I got to pick and choose some spots, but if I had more input, it would've been a little bit different," Bonds said. "A lot of people liked the shows, though. A lot of people watched it."

The original concept was that the show would return if and when Bonds ever approaches Aaron's record. But Fink said there's no guarantee of that right now.

"I may get word that they'll want to do a weekly kind of thing," Bonds said. "Or something after that every few weeks. I don't know. If goes back and forth."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.