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Riverside residents react to Bonds' homerun record

RIVERSIDE (NNPA) - Whether you love him, hate him, or are just indifferent, one thing is certain after the Aug. 7 game against the Washington Nationals: Riverside-born Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants' slugger and local hometown hero, now holds the distinction of 756 home runs, placing him ahead of Hank Aaron's longstanding record of 755. RIVERSIDE (NNPA) - Whether you love him, hate him, or are just indifferent, one thing is certain after the Aug. 7 game against the Washington Nationals: Riverside-born Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants' slugger and local hometown hero, now holds the distinction of 756 home runs, placing him ahead of Hank Aaron's longstanding record of 755.

Bonds' home run broke a 4-4 tie and the Giants ended up losing 8-6, but history had been made.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News writes: ''It was the sound of history, and nothing else. Bat on ball. A perfect, crisp, electrifying crash. Just maple wood meeting ball... For just a moment at AT&T Park, there was silence. Instant, thumping, massive history will do that to you, almost every time. After a second or two, as Barry Bonds pointed two fists to the sky, smiled wildly and skipped around the bases, of course there was noise and fireworks and shouts and 10 minutes of game-stopping delirium.''

Dell Roberts, a longtime friend of the Bonds family, admitted he missed the actual home run because he fell asleep, "I am happy for him." Speaking about Bond's controversy Roberts said, "They can't take anything away from his accomplishments. He still has to hit the ball. I am happy for Mrs. Bonds, his grandmother, who still resides in Riverside."

Mylie Davis, mother of former Seattle Mariner Alvin Davis, a Riverside resident, reflected on the year that Barry lived with her. She spoke fondly of the summer both Alvin and Barry lived with her off-campus in Arizona while they were attending Arizona State. Bonds signed the third year, Davis in his fourth year there.

Mrs. Davis said, "Yes he broke Hank Aaron's record but he set one for himself. They are both Black and this is hard for me; I feel for Hank but I am proud of Barry," she said.

Her son Alvin Davis said, "It is an incredible accomplishment as it was for my hero Hank Aaron. Records are made to be broken. Hank's record was a dream. It is our nature to pursue goals and dreams. He has to be blessed."
 

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