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Redus glad former teammate set mark

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

After Barry Bonds’ record-setting home run Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals, Gary Redus felt his phone ring.

The Southeast Decatur resident and Pittsburgh Pirates roving hitting instructor, Redus was a teammate of Bonds for parts of five seasons in Pittsburgh.

And his son G wanted to share the moment with his father. Since Gary was on the road with the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, a Carolina League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, G, a former Decatur High basketball standout called his dad.

“It was cool because they kept showing Barry’s son,” Gary said, “He and my son were about the same age, and they were always in the clubhouse together when I played for the Pirates.”

The moment Gary saw the ball hit the bat, he said he knew it was going to travel far. And when he watched it disappear over the right-center field wall at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Redus said he felt “glad” that Bonds got it over with.

Redus gave word to former Pirates and current Giants outfielder Rajai Davis to give his congratulations to Bonds.

Redus added: “He (Bonds) can go on and concentrate on baseball because I know it has been tough on him.”

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