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'Barry just needs to be Barry'

Updated: May 24, 2007, 5:21 PM ET
By Barry Zito | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's Note: This story appears in the June 4 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

I don't think Barry Bonds needs to do anything to reposition himself as a hero, and I'd say that even if I weren't his teammate and friend. The truth is, he's not paid to be a hero. He's paid to hit home runs. Barry just needs to be Barry.

I met him in 2001, my first full season, when the A's played in San Francisco. It was when he was on his way to 73, and I just wanted to shake his hand. He greeted ...

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