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Barry vs. The Babe

Updated: February 28, 2006, 11:01 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

It's a fairly straightforward question, when you get down to it: If Barry Bonds takes a full ration of bad vibes from the baseball public as he passes Babe Ruth, will it be because Bonds is African-American, because Bonds is arrogant, because Bonds is tied to a steroids scandal, or because Bonds is taking down the Babe and not somebody else?

And the answer is: Sure.

Sure it is. All of those. And just about any effort to parse the thing otherwise is guaranteed to end badly.

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