On Saturday afternoon, in a park that seemed too small to contain his immense talent, Barry Bonds hit a ball that should have sailed into lore.

Instead, it will soar into infamy and bitterness.

Bonds hit career home run No. 714 in Oakland, tying him with Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list.

What should have been a shimmering moment for both Bonds and baseball was a sad reminder that sports is not always a showcase for character.

When he overtakes Ruth, only 40 homers will be left between Bonds and Henry Aaron, who ended his career with 755. It may qualify as the most depressing pursuit of a record in sports history. ...

San Antonio Express-News

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