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Bonds New Home Run Record Draws Mixed Reaction

San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run Tuesday, breaking Hank Aaron's lifetime record. But the baseball legend's link to a steroids scandal raises questions about his achievement. Sports analysts examine the milestone and the controversy.

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    Now a new homerun king, and the controversy surrounding his accomplishments.

  • DUANE KUIPER, San Francisco Giants Announcer:

    And Bacsik deals. And Bonds hits it high, hits it deep! It is outta here!


    With his trademark lightning-quick swing, San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds belted homerun number 756, 435 feet into a cool San Francisco night, capping his march toward the most celebrated of baseball records.


    What a special moment for Barry Bonds!


    The historic homer came off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik, one of 446 pitchers who've served up homerun balls to Bonds in his 22 major league seasons.

    The game was halted while Bonds and the Giants commemorated the moment. Joined by his godfather, hall-of-famer Willie Mays, Bonds basked in the cheers of the home fans at AT&T Park. While on the road, opposing fans have constantly reminded bonds of allegations he used steroids.

    A surprise guest saluted Bonds by videotape, Hank Aaron, whose record he broke. The Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and Brewers slugger held the all-time mark for 33 years. He broke Babe Ruth's record in 1974.

  • HANK AARON, Former Baseball Homerun Leader:

    I move over now and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family.


    Then Bonds spoke.

  • BARRY BONDS, Major League Baseball Player:

    I want to thank you all. I've got to thank my teammates for their support. Through all this, you guys have been strong, and you've given me all the support in the world, and I'll never forget it as long as I live. Thank you.


    Noticeably absent from last night's game was baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who made a very public show of ambivalence over the Bonds pursuit. He attended Bonds' record-tying performance Saturday in San Diego but did not applaud that homer. He phoned Bonds after the game last night and issued a congratulatory statement that made glancing reference to the steroids controversy.

    Bonds is a seven-time MVP; no other player has won more than three. He set the single-season homerun record of 73 in 2001. But the Bonds who began his career as a fleet-footed leadoff hitter is now a power-hitting cleanup man. The allegations that Bonds had "juiced" first surfaced in 2003 amid a federal probe of a company that produced performance enhancers for athletes in an array of sports.

    At a post-game press conference, Bonds was asked pointedly about the sanctity of this record, which many fans and analysts consider sullied.


    This record is not tainted at all, at all, period. You guys can say whatever you want.