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Sunday, March 2, 2003
Bonds wants no part of all-time home run mark

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Over the last couple of seasons, Barry Bonds has played better baseball than perhaps anyone in the history of the game.

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2002 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
143 46 110 117 9 .370

But when asked about one of the greatest records in the history of sports -- the all-time home run mark -- Bonds says he wants no part of it.

Bonds addressed many topics in an interview this week with Peter Gammons. Bonds' comments will be featured on "Sunday Conversation" during the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter.

Bonds set the all-time single-season mark two years ago with 73 homers. He hit 46 last year while batting .370, giving him 613 career home runs entering this season. He could approach Hank Aaron's all-time mark of 755 with, by his standards, two spectacular seasons or three very good ones.

However, Bonds says he wants no part of No. 756.

"I don't want any part of Hank Aaron's record," Bonds tells Gammons. "Not that I don't think it's possible. I think Hank Aaron deserves it. Hank Aaron and Willie (Mays) and all them came up in a time that changed baseball. I mean, the color barrier and Hank, what he went through. And how he helped other African-American athletes along the way. I came at a different time."

During the interview, Bonds also talks a great deal about last year's World Series loss to the Angels. Other highlights of Gammons' conversation with Bonds:

  • PG: What you wished for was just to play in the World Series. What do you wish for now?

    BB: I'm not making too many wishes right now, Peter. It was a dream come true for me that World Series. All the lights, camera, action. The Angels were just better. They played better. You tip your hat to them. But I did get my wish but, um, I'll wish to win the next time (laughs).

  • PG: After Game 7 (of the World Series) it was written that you were arrogant or you were this or that. Does that upset you?

    BB: No. No. I've been arrogant my whole life ... cocky my whole life. And that shouldn't change anything. I mean, the best athletes in the world had an aura about them ... all of them. Is it cockiness? No, they're good. They are very good players. Are they competitive? Definitely. Do they have that desire with talent? Yes. It just seems to show more because all the attention is drawn to that person. So it seems different, he's arrogant, he's this, he's thinks he's better than that. No, it's just a form of focus. But your talent just supercedes a lot of the other things and the attention is just drawn to you.

  • PG: Jeff Kent was asked if he thought that you would miss him and he said yes. Is that true?

    BB: Regardless of what the media says, there is a respect level there. There is a caring feeling there. We are human beings and you don't wish anything bad about anybody. But, sure I'll miss Jeff because Jeff was a competitor. He played well here.