HOUSTON (AP) -Barry Bonds said he's ``too old'' to respond to Curt Schilling's critical comments and also refused to talk about his pursuit of Hank Aaron's career home run mark on Tuesday.
A week ago, Schilling criticized Bonds on a radio talk show, saying the slugger has admitted using steroids and cheating on his wife and his taxes. The Boston Red Sox ace apologized to Bonds on his blog the next day, calling it an ``irresponsible thing to say.''
The 42-year-old Bonds said there is no need to address Schilling's comments.
``I'm too old for childish activities,'' Bonds said before the Giants opened a three-game series in Houston. ``I don't really have any time for that at all. I didn't really hear them at first, I was told about them. I don't really have any comment to that. I've got children and I'm too old for that stuff.''
Bonds has 745 home runs, 10 shy of Aaron's career mark.
About 50 reporters awaited Bonds in the Giants dugout 90 minutes before Tuesday's game. At first, Bonds was going to dodge the throng, but then reneged and sat down for about 10 minutes.
``I haven't done any interviews about myself at all. I'm not going to start now,'' Bonds said. ``If you want to talk about us and the team, and how we're doing, that's fine. But I'm not doing interviews about me. I haven't done any at all, and I'm not going to start now.''
Bonds said his health is the main reason for his .307 average and 11 home runs through the first month of the season. Once the questions turned back to his pursuit of Aaron, Bonds recoiled.
``I don't want any focus on me at all,'' he said. ``We've been doing good with the team. I just want it to stay that way.''
Houston is the sixth city the Giants have visited this year, but Bonds didn't have much to say about how fans have treated him on the road.
``I don't know,'' he said. ``It's whatever you guys want it to be. You guys tell the stories, I don't. It's whatever you want it to be. I've got a job to do.''
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