Bonds Dressing Up

The tip-off that Barry Bonds new reality series was a go should have been seeing the San Francisco Giants slugger dressed as Paula Abdul during a recent photo op.

He’s fun. He’s frivolous. It’s Bonds like you’ve never seen him before.

That man knows how to dress up a reality show.

Yes, it’s true.

A weekly half-hour series has begun filming during Spring training and Bonds is the star. The series chronicles Bonds’ pursuit to reach the milestones set by Babe Ruth (most home runs by a left-handed hitter) and Hank Aaron, the all-time home run leader, according to the press release.

Interesting, given Bonds’ recent statements that he doesn’t care a whit about breaking any records.

Currently, Bonds has 708 home runs, just six behind Babe Ruth’s 714 and 47 behind Aaron’s 755.

“It was over ten years ago when (series producer) Mike Tollin interviewed me for the Hank Aaron documentary,” said Bonds in a statement. “And I said at the time that no one will ever get close to 755. At the age of 42 to finally have a chance to catch legends like Babe and Hank is really a mind-blowing honor. This is a project that we’re both passionate about and feel we have the opportunity to capture a unique behind-the-scenes experience that fans will be able to enjoy each week.”

The television documentary series will debut with a one-hour special Tuesday, April 4 on ESPN2 and then will be aired weekly on ESPN Tuesdays beginning April 11.

Tollin and his production partner Brian Robbins currently have such shows on the air as “Smallville” and “Crumbs.”

“We’ve known Barry for over ten years now and this seems like the perfect time to reveal the many sides of his life that the world never sees, ” Tollin said.

Robbins added that “He’s never been more eager for a season to start or more comfortable with himself.”

We figured that out when we saw him in a dress.

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