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The Internet and Barry Bonds


I've written a column for Tuesday's paper about Barry Bonds' quest to pass Hank Aaron on the career home run list.

Bonds' steroid-fueled run – since he turned 35 and began using performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds has hit 301 home runs; only two men in the history of baseball have even hit more than 200 after turning 35 and one of those was steroid user Rafael Palmeiro – has been under discussion on the Web for some time.

How do people feel about Bonds and the record? Well here are eight links – seven blog posts and one story – I think you might find interesting. If you know of others, feel free to add them in the comments. I would love to read more.

And I would also like your opinions on Bonds and the record. Please feel free to add your comments.

1. A discussion about Bonds' numbers and what they might have been without drugs.

2. This blogger will cheer when Bonds breaks Aaron's record, but not wholeheartedly.

3. A Giants fan's take on the issue.

4. A decent discussion on race, the chase and how Giants fans should react.

5. The baseball nut's perspective. The guy is a Red Sox fan, so you know he's a baseball nut.

6. Former major league pitcher – and convicted felon – Denny McLain has an opinion on how baseball's hierarchy should handle the big day.

7. This link is worth checking out just for the bobble heads. Human growth hormone, yah right.

8. And finally this link to the ESPN/ABC News poll showing the racial divide over Bonds. The worse news is people are starting to cut him some slack. In my opinion, he's a cheater folks, and doesn't deserve any.

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