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Standup guy Lannan keeps Bonds at bay

By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff | August 7, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Washington Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young is admittedly not a big fan of Barry Bonds, but after Bonds went 0 for 3 with a walk last night at AT&T Park, Young had to be impressed with kid teammate John Lannan, a 22-year-old lefthander who stood up to the mighty slugger in a hostile environment.

Young didn't go that far either, but when asked whether he was rooting for Bonds, he raised his eyebrows a few times and said, "I don't know how you can write this."  Young has never warmed up to Bonds, and it has nothing to do with whether the Giants slugger did or he didn't juice. Young is a gregarious guy, one who has done his share of awful things and lived to tell about them. But he loves people and loves engaging in dialogue. From that perspective, he never has been impressed with Bonds.  "It would be nice if he just talked to someone," Young said.

Bonds long has had a reputation for being surly and treating those around him shabbily. In the past couple of years, that has changed somewhat. You hear better things about him, and he now has an entire clubhouse of teammates who say the right things about him and often answer questions on his behalf when he's not talking.

Former Red Sox outfielder Dave Roberts even said the Giants were planning a big party for him this week if he breaks the home run mark.  But when Young was asked how he felt about Bonds breaking the record, he said, "I'm indifferent about it."  Young was a teammate of Bonds's on the National League squad for this season's All-Star Game and brought his children to the festivities.  "The kids had a great time," said Young. "They spoke to almost everyone."

Though the Nationals lost in extra innings last night, 3-2 -- after Young put them ahead with a homer in the 10th -- Young got part of what he wished for: Lannan didn't give up Bonds's record-breaker.

"No, I wouldn't want to see that, because the kid has to live that down," Young said. "If it's a veteran guy, that's different because that guy would have been around the game for a long time and it would be cool when he looked back on it. But this is this kid's third major league start.

"You don't want that, but I'm sure he would handle it fine if it did happen."
Bonds had said Sunday that he knew of Lannan but knew nothing about him.
Mr. Bonds, meet Mr. Lannan.

Nick Cafardo can be reached at