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What they're saying: Barry Bonds hits No. 756

Reaction to Barry Bonds hitting home run No. 756 to become the
all-time home run leader:


"I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds on
becoming baseball's career home run leader. ... My hope today, as
it was on that April evening in 1974, is that the achievement of
this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams."

    -- Henry Aaron, who hit 755 home runs

"I join Hank Aaron in congratulating Barry as the home run king
of all time. He has survived! He remains the most feared batter
with the most home runs and the most walks. I know his father
rejoices tonight."

    -- Rev. Jesse Jackson

"I congratulate Barry Bonds for establishing a new, career home
run record. Barry's achievement is noteworthy and remarkable. ...
While the issues which have swirled around this record will
continue to work themselves toward resolution, today is a day for
congratulations on a truly remarkable achievement."

    -- Baseball
    commissioner Bud Selig

"For more than two decades, Barry Bonds has been one of the
game's most dominant players. This is truly one of those moments
that all fans will remember."

    -- Donald M. Fehr, executive director
    of the Major League Baseball Players Association

"Tonight, Barry Bonds etched his name into baseball's history
books and took his rightful place among the sport's immortals. ...
As a season ticket holder, I am particularly glad it happened on
the Giant's Italian night."

    -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San
    Francisco

"I want to express my congratulations on him reaching the world
record of 756 homers. ... But this isn't the final goal. A lot of
baseball fans will be eager to see how many more homers he can hit,
and his next milestone will be 800."

    -- Sadaharu Oh, who holds
    Japan's career record of 868 home runs

"I kind of got teary-eyed myself when he was giving the speech.
He pointed up at the sky and said thank you to his dad. It was a
great moment."

    -- Padres outfielder Scott Hairston

"I think it's pretty cool. I think it's good for baseball, and
I just think it's a pretty neat thing."

    -- St. Louis Cardinals
    outfielder Jim Edmonds

"I'm indifferent. My home run chase was Hank Aaron and the
Babe. I'll congratulate him professionally, but that's about it for
me."

    -- Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle

"756 home runs is a lot of home runs. He's a good hitter. There
is no way about it. The majority of players will stand up for
him."

    -- Milwaukee Brewers catcher Damian Miller

"I'm glad it didn't happen against us, but I know the pitcher,
I worked with him as a minor league player and he's a great kid.
It's not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. I gave up Reggie
Jackson's 500th, and it doesn't bother me. It's just a number."

    -- San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, who gave up No. 500 to Jackson
    in 1984

"It's an amazing accomplishment. That's a lot of home runs."

    -- Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton

"I'm sure he's relieved it's over, but you know what an
accomplishment it is to hit that many home runs. To be able to play
as many years as he has and to have the success he has had, he's
going to go down as the greatest player or one of the greatest."

    -- San Diego Padres outfielder Brian Giles

"He's a heck of a hitter. I'd say he's the most dangerous guy
in the batter's box. To do that at his age is remarkable. ... It is
an amazing feat. There is no side note or footnote."

    -- Milwaukee
    Brewers pitcher Scott Linebrink

"I'm a firm believer that we live in a country where you can't
make those assumptions. You have to believe that a man is innocent
until proven guilty, so no asterisks."

    -- Boston Red Sox catcher
    Jason Varitek

"There's been too much negative things coming after Barry.
There's a lot of people that are frustrated about him getting it
done, but there are also a lot of people that are happy he got it
done. You've got to be a really good player throughout your career
to get something done like that."

    -- Boston Red Sox designated
    hitter David Ortiz

"Obviously my congratulations go out to him. Not only do you
have to be a tremendous player and a tremendous talent to obtain
it, but you have to be healthy enough and have the longevity in
order to do it. That's such a great accomplishment. You can't
fathom how many home runs that is. I mean, I've never hit more than
20 in a season, and this guy just passed 755."

    -- Los Angeles
    Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.