Not once for Bonds's four cracks at 70 did the Pac Bell fans bother to stand during his at bats, in keeping with the been-there, done-that feel to the home-run-record sequel. The media pack covering Bonds, about 350, was half the number that showed for McGwire in 1998. Perhaps 70, or even 71, home runs, like space-shuttle launches, have lost some of their power to amaze. With Bonds, though, the wonder isn't in how many but in how. Only those who had witnessed the Babe at his best had seen anything quite like it.
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