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Mr. Popularity

Barry Bonds is perfectly happy to be viewed coldly and without sympathy as the finest player of his age.

Originally Published: November 15, 2004
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

The scene was by any stretch surreal. Barry Bonds flew into St. Louis to receive the National League half of the Hank Aaron Award before Game 4 of the World Series, and was taken to a media gathering to do a handshake-and-trophy-exchange with the man himself.

No questions were taken. This was a photo op only, made necessary in the minds of Bonds and the San Francisco Giants by the latest BALCO revelations -- you know, the one where Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson, was apparently caught on ...

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