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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Celebrate the milestone, not the man

Like him or not, Barry Bonds will probably go down as the best hitter of his generation and his accomplishments will be among the greatest in the game's history.

That doesn't mean you have to like him, but you do have to respect him.

Still, this shouldn't be about Bonds the alleged steroid user, or Bonds the alleged tax cheat, or Bonds the less-than-media-friendly slugger.

No, baseball fans shouldn't celebrate Bonds. Instead, the enormity of 715 itself should be celebrated. Only two hitters in the 100-plus years of this country's national pastime have reached that number.

So, for a second, forget Bonds' flaws -- be they perceived or real -- and just revel in 715 for a moment.


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