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Appreciating Bonds
Jeff Pearlman
June 05, 2000
Though obscured by the home run barrage, an older, wiser Barry Bonds is in many ways better than ever
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June 05, 2000

Appreciating Bonds

Though obscured by the home run barrage, an older, wiser Barry Bonds is in many ways better than ever

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?Bonds, whose 464 home runs through Sunday ranked 21st alltime, wants to surpass 660, the figure reached by his godfather, Willie Mays.

Bzzzzzt'-Wrong!

?Bonds, the first man ever to have 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases, wants to be the charter member of the 500-500 club.

Bzzzzzt! Wrong!

?Bonds is annoyed by the attention afforded Griffey, McGwire, Sosa and anyone else pounding 50-plus home runs.

Bzzzzzt! Wrong!

"I'm always reading about this motivating me and that pushing me, and it makes me mad," says Bonds. "If I don't reach 660 home runs, big deal. I'm fine with that. Same with 500-500."

What about 70 dingers in a season?

"Seventy home runs is amazing," he says. "Sixty-five home runs two years in a row is amazing. But ask McGwire if he would throw any of those 70 home runs away for a World Series, or if Sosa would throw any of his 63 home runs away so the Cubs wouldn't be in last place, and they would.

"Every year I go through a long season and I get close to a championship, and every year I go home disappointed," says Bonds, who has been to the postseason four times without reaching the World Series. "Every year I have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what am I doing wrong or what are we doing wrong as a team. We're all going home thinking, I wish I was still playing. I wish I was in the World Series. I get tired of wishing. Numbers? Yeah, I like putting up good numbers. But if I never reach another milestone, and the Giants finally win a World Series—that's all I could ask for. I'd be complete."

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