With some of them, Bonds left the impression that he was ready to walk away for good.
"When you hear someone speaking from his heart entering retirement, it's always emotional," Giants infielder Ryan Klesko said. "He was pumped up and sad at the same time. He said it was an honor to play with everybody and put on the uniform every day with the guys he's played with over his career."
Left-hander Patrick Misch said Bonds sounded both fiery and heartfelt as he challenged players to excel in their careers.
"He said he's had 15 great years here and 22 in baseball," Misch said. "And if he plays against us, he said he'll light us up. It was a great speech."
In the postgame clubhouse, most players were half-packed for the winter. But Bonds' locker was empty save for a few plastic shirt hangers. Even the nameplate was gone.
If Bonds has played his final game, the home run record will stand at 762. Bonds' final home run swing as a Giant -- and perhaps ever -- came Sept. 5 at Coors Field on a 99-mph fastball from the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez.
Skipping L.A. series
Bonds confirmed prior to the game that he would skip this weekend's season-ending series at Dodger Stadium.
"This will be the only game I play, yes," he
Even though the road response to Bonds has grown a bit more respectful since he broke the home run record in August, Dodgers fans always have held a special enmity for the Giants' star left fielder over the past 15 years.
"I don't think he'd get cheered in L.A., coming off the field for his last game," Giants infielder Rich Aurilia said. "For him to finish here is very fitting."
Bonds will be at Dodger Stadium for all three games, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. It wasn't established whether Bonds would wear a uniform for the series.
The Dodgers are not making plans to recognize or acknowledge Bonds at any time this weekend.
"It'll be a typical Dodgers-Giants series," club spokesperson Josh Rawitch said.
Matt Cain was presented with the Good Guy award from the Bay Area chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 22-year-old earned recognition for being cooperative with the media -- an obligation he handled with aplomb even amid countless questions about a lack of run support. ... Prior to the game, Giants executive vice president Larry Baer said the club might consider re-signing Bonds for a day whenever he is done playing so he can retire as a Giant.