Barry Bonds said he is "proud" of slugger Mark McGwire for returning to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach and for admitting his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I'm proud of him," Bonds said Sunday in San Francisco at a reunion of the Giants' 2000 National League West champion team. "We've had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I'm proud of what he did. I'm happy for him."
Although Bonds didn't rule out also going into coaching one day, his six-minute session with the media was stopped after the question about McGwire.
In January, McGwire ended more than a decade of denials and evasion and finally acknowledged he used steroids and human growth hormone during his career, including in 1998 when he hit 70 home runs and broke the single-season record.