There was a time when Barry Bonds played second fiddle to someone on his team. No, we're not talking about the shadow of a player Bonds is now, we're talking in 1982 to be specific. That was when Barry Bonds and Ray McDonald were both seniors playing baseball for the Serra High School in San Mateo, California and Bonds hit .450 while McDonald hit .490 and McDonald will be happy to tell you all about it.
The great thing is, that former Girls Softball Coach of the Year and Toronto Blue Jay farmhand, Ray McDonald doesn't hold onto the past that much. Well, ok, he does carry the official 1982 West Catholic Athletic League statistics sheet that says he hit better than Bonds that season in his pocket at every Giants game he attends...and he uses it as proof to win bets against people in the stands so that he can drink free beer...but really, he's quite past that.
“You’d sit out in the bleachers [and] you’d bet the guy next to you a beer or something that you outhit [Bonds] in high school,” McDonald said with a laugh. “And of course it was always ‘No way!’ you know? But then you’d show him the card ... and you’d have a good night"
No, Ray McDonald did not peak in high school, he might just be peaking right now...or maybe his son is.