Tears streaming from her eyes, Barry Bonds’ former personal shopper became the first and only one of the government’s 23 witnesses at his federal trial to say she saw the all-time home run leader getting an injection from his trainer.
Kathy Hoskins was the first eyewitness to testify that Bonds’ personal trainer — Greg Anderson, who was later convicted of dealing steroids — injected the slugger. She said Thursday that the scene unfolded at Bonds’ well-appointed Bay Area home in 2002. As part of her job, she packed the baseball star’s clothes for road trips.
Anderson came into the bedroom as she was filling a suitcase.
“Barry was like, ‘Let’s do it right here,’” she testified, using a tissue to repeatedly dab at her eyes and brow.
“’This is Kathy. That’s my girl. She ain’t going to say nothing to nobody,’” she quoted Bonds as saying. “So Greg shot him in the belly button.”
“It was a regular, normal-size syringe,” she said.
Hoskins said she didn’t ask about the injection, but Bonds volunteered that it was “a little something, something for when I go on the road. You can’t detect it. You can’t catch it.”
Bonds is charged with four counts of making false statements and obstruction of justice for telling a federal grand jury in 2003 that Anderson never provided him with steroids and human growth hormone, and that only physicians injected him.
Wearing a boyish shirt and purple necktie, her long, braided hair pulled back, Hoskins accused her brother — former Bonds’ business partner Steve Hoskins — of telling her story to federal prosecutors, causing her to have to testify against Bonds.
“He threw me under the bus,” she said.
In his last question to her, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella asked Hoskins: “Are you testifying here just to back your brother up?”
“Absolutely not,” she said before adding, with tears dripping down her face and voice breaking up, “I was put in the middle of it.”
Earlier Thursday, Bonds’ physician Dr. Arthur Ting contradicted the testimony of Steve Hoskins, who told the jury last week that he had as many as 50 discussions about Bonds’ alleged steroid use with Ting. Hoskins also testified that Ting told him Bonds’ 1999 elbow injury, which required surgery, was caused by taking steroids.
K.C. OUT-EARNS A-ROD ... BARELY
The Kansas City Royals are barely making more than Alex Rodriguez this year.
The salaries for Kansas City’s 27 players on its opening-day roster and disabled lists total $36.1 million, according to an analysis of major league contracts by The Associated Press.
A-Rod alone makes $32 million atop the New York Yankees’ $201.7 million payroll. He is baseball’s highest-paid player for the 11th straight year.
Overall, baseball salaries were nearly flat for this season. The average salary for the 844 players on opening-day rosters and disabled lists was about $3.3 million, up just 0.2 percent from last year. The increase was the lowest since a 2.7 percent drop in 2004.
San Francisco pitcher Barry Zito showed up at Dodger Stadium wearing a neck brace after his car was hit broadside Wednesday at a West Hollywood intersection. ... Commissioner Bud Selig says baseball wants to ban smokeless tobacco in the majors. ... Brooks Robinson says he’s on the road to recovery after the Hall of Fame third baseman was hospitalized with a fever and infection. ... New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay will start the season on the disabled list because of a strained left rib cage. ... Third baseman Ian Stewart made the Rockies’ 25-man opening day roster. ... The AL champion Texas Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Dave Bush from Triple-A Round Rock. ... Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe has undergone right shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for at least four months. ... The Toronto Blue Jays appointed former star Roberto Alomar to the position of special assistant to the organization. ... Tampa Bay pitcher Wade Davis agreed to a $12.6 million, four-year contract with the AL East champions that could be worth up to $35.1 million.