I found something very interesting:
Most WAR over 5-year span:
Bonds was the leader in WAR over the previous 5 seasons for 14 straight years. On top of that, he was second in baseball in WAR from 1987-1991 (to Roger Clemens) and from 2002-2006 (to Albert Pujols). It's easy to remember just how good he was in the early part of the 2000s (exemplified here; he managed to keep his 5-year WAR lead in 2005 despite going to the plate only 52 times that season), but it seems like he never gets the credit he deserves for absolutely dominating the '90s. At the time, everyone held Griffey as the decade's dominant player. Frank Thomas was probably his biggest challenger in most people's minds. Mark McGwire was the the favourite of some for a time later in the decade, and Alex Rodriguez had his fair share of proponents. No one seemed to notice that Bonds was better than them all even back then, and it wasn't even close.
As someone who likes to look over the history of the game as a hobby, I'm constantly amazed to find new things that demonstrate just how ridiculously good Bonds was long before anyone started noticing. This was one of those things. If it surprises you, I highly recommend looking at the things Barry did in the earlier part of his career. Look at his batting, his defense, his baserunning, everything. Compare him to the best of his generation and to the best of all time. If you were around back then, you just might find yourself asking, much like I have, what you could have been thinking back then not to notice?
I guess it's better late than never.