Baseball's all-time home run leader, a first-ballot hall of famer, is not apparently in serious decline. Barry hit for a 1.045 OPS last season, virtually equaling his career average. He's 43 years old, so he could chat with Wakefield and Schilling about... nah, never mind. And with no contract this late in the season, he won't cost more than $1 million guaranteed.
Is this seriously doable? Would the fan reaction be so overwhelmingly negative? Not if the team and Bonds play their cards right. Boston more than any other MLB team has a history of racism (see Green, Pumpsie), and Bonds more than any other current player has (occasionally) used the race card to defend himself. By signing an angry black man, the Sox would be distancing themselves from the old Yawkey ownership, whose antebellum attitudes kept the Sox from winning a world series for half a century. At a minimum, that storyline distracts from the more obvious "mercenary" storyline which would be the only story at any other ballpark. And maybe Boston could shed, once and for all, the old trope about being an unfriendly place for black ballplayers.
And suppose Bonds succeeded in Boston, hitting 20 homers and winning a clutch game or two over