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Even though Barry Bonds has gotten to 715, he will never compare to Babe Ruth. A player's greatness is not measured solely through statistics--it is also measured by the impact he has had on the game and the legacy he left behind. What kid grows up wanting to be like Barry Bonds?
Gage Rodriguez, Ashton, La.
It's too bad that there wasn't enough room on the cover for a couple hundred more asterisks.
James P. Biggs, Ridley Park, Pa.
Bonds's home run totals may be inflated by steroids and human growth hormone, but Ruth's may have been inflated due to the absence of black players, not to mention lefthanded relief specialists with knee-buckling sliders (Hard Number, May 15). And who would be the home run king if Willie Mays and Hank Aaron had switched home fields?
If Bonds had come clean, he would have been forgiven by now, but it does not excuse the classless displays by pitcher Cory Lidle, who criticized Bonds to the media, or by the fans in my hometown, who derided Bonds in front of his mother.
Tom Mazza, Philadelphia
About half of those who've tested positive for steroids are pitchers. Should we consider that in the course of hitting 700-plus home runs, Bonds probably faced many pitchers with an extra foot on their fastballs due to performance-enhancing drugs?