Many readers behind Bonds if steroid free

Project: Reader Reaction

Going into Wednesday’s games, Barry Bonds needed one home run to tie Willie Mays for third on the all-time list and 97 home runs to pass Hank Aaron as the greatest home run hitter ever. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “Are you rooting for him?” Some responses:

“If his record attempt is steriod free and an honest human accomplishment, I’m on his side.”
— Bob Baker, Clovis

“I always root for someone trying to achieve goals.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis

“Now we are comparing apples and oranges. If Barry Bonds acquired all his muscle strength through the use of steroids, I personally think all his accomplishments should be tossed out the window. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron did theirs the hard way, they earned it.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis
“I am not a great watcher of baseball or baseball records. However, I do come from the area where the baseball hall of fame is located. When you take the tour and see the equipment used in the years Willie Mays and Hank Aaron set their records, it make you wonder under the same circumstances what would Willie’s and Hank’s records be.”
— Jim Sitterly, Clovis

“I do not support him over Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.”
— Harold Burris, Clovis

“I’m not a Bonds fan, but he is a superior athlete who will certainly deserve the honor of home run king if he gets that far, and/or if the steroids issue doesn’t derail him. Aaron will be present and seems to be rooting for Bonds.”
— Bill Gaedke, Clovis

“I would like to see Barry Bonds succeed in reaching that magnificent milestone. Obviously, it should take a little over two seasons, but I believe that he will get it done.
“Supplements? I’ll leave that to the experts. Barry Bonds works hard during and in the offseason to keep in shape. The fact is, in this day and age with the quality pitching there is and larger ball parks, it would be a major accomplishment. He is constantly pitched around, but still manages to put up good numbers every year.
“Willie Mays, as great as he was, is in Barry Bonds’ corner. In my business, Barry Bonds baseball cards, especially rookie cards, are still popular and will rise in value as he nears the record. Hall of fame? Absolutely!”
— Steve Deleon, Clovis

“All records are made to be broken. In this case the time has come to watch at least one record go by the wayside. As for Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s record we will have to wait at least two more years. … Barry Bonds has many fans and I hope that they enjoy his quest for fame. No I’m not rooting for him.”
— Charles F. Hemphill, Clovis

“No. I think Barry Bonds is a pompous ass.”
— Jeff Greene, Clovis