Local reaction to home run record
On Tuesday night, Barry Bonds became the all-time home run king by hitting his 756th homer against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park. For years Bonds has been at the center of Major League Baseball’s steroid allegations although he has never tested positive for steroids. Here’s some local reaction to his record-setting homer:
“I have always been a tremendous fan of Barry Bonds. People may say that it is now a tainted record. I do understand how hard it is to hit a baseball at that level. … (To) hit a baseball out of the park in the most extreme conditions 756 times is remarkable. The media has played a big part of his public perception. His peers and the ones that know him the best say nothing but great things about him. I have some old teammates that played with Barry, and they say that they enjoyed playing with him and that he is a good guy. “Steroids or not, he should go down as the best to ever play the game. Look at his stats. They don’t lie. Not only home runs but let’s not forget his gold gloves, MVPs, and the only man to ever hit 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases. No matter what happens in the future with the BALCO investigation, he will still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”
“I don’t know. I just think he shouldn’t get in the Hall of Fame and all that because he did steroids. I think he should do it without steroids. I really don’t know. I just think he should love the game like all the other kids in the world love the game, without doing steroids.”
“It’s kinda weird because you want to be happy for someone who has achieved such an accomplishment, but at the same time it’s hard to with all that you think he has done with steroids and stuff. I still felt kinda nostalgic about it, but it is kind of a two-way road because it’s a record you never thought would be broken. I have always said it, but I don’t think it really matters what he does because Alex Rodriguez is probably going to break the record in a few years anyway.”
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