Editor's Note: The above video is from the Giants 2014 World Series parade.
Barry Bonds finally landed a full-time major league coaching position.
But to the surprise of many, it wasn't with the Giants, whom he spent the final 15 seasons of his career with.
Instead, Bonds joined Don Mattingly's staff in Miami on Dec. 4, becoming the Marlins' new hitting coach.
In an recent Q&A interview with MLB.com, Bonds was asked about leaving San Francisco and how odd it was that the Giants didn't hire him.
"That opportunity never presented itself. Like I said in my press conference, I'd have loved to have stayed in San Francisco. That has never changed. My family has been entertaining this town forever. But the opportunity never presented itself, not in the sense of being a hitting coach, I wasn't trying to be a hitting coach there. That wasn't the thing. There just was never any conversation. No one ever called me. It was just every year, "Hey, let's do something." And that was it. But there was never an initiation, never a phone call, you know? Like I said, this is the only thing that came to me," Bonds told MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom.
When Bloom retorted that it's always nice to be wanted, Bonds reacted with this:
That's why I say [the job with the Marlins] was the only opportunity that presented itself. And that's the truth. I think the people will read between the lines, I mean. Everyone knows that I love San Francisco. I would never deny that. This is my home. This is my first love. This is the job opportunity that came to me. And this was the only one. And I took it.
Bonds spent time in spring training as a guest instructor with the Giants, but they never hired him as an official coach.
The 51-year-old wrapped up his playing career in 2007, finishing as the all-time home run leader with 762. He amassed a career .298/.444/.607 line with 2,935 hits, 601 doubles, 1,996 RBI and a MLB-record 2,558 walks.