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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Updated: August 8, 1:12 PM ET
What they're saying: Barry Bonds hits No. 756

Associated Press

Reaction to Barry Bonds hitting home run No. 756 to become the all-time home run leader:


"I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds on becoming baseball's career home run leader. ... My hope today, as it was on that April evening in 1974, is that the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams."


"I join Hank Aaron in congratulating Barry as the home run king of all time. He has survived! He remains the most feared batter with the most home runs and the most walks. I know his father rejoices tonight."


"I congratulate Barry Bonds for establishing a new, career home run record. Barry's achievement is noteworthy and remarkable. ... While the issues which have swirled around this record will continue to work themselves toward resolution, today is a day for congratulations on a truly remarkable achievement."


"For more than two decades, Barry Bonds has been one of the game's most dominant players. This is truly one of those moments that all fans will remember."


"Tonight, Barry Bonds etched his name into baseball's history books and took his rightful place among the sport's immortals. ... As a season ticket holder, I am particularly glad it happened on the Giant's Italian night."


"I want to express my congratulations on him reaching the world record of 756 homers. ... But this isn't the final goal. A lot of baseball fans will be eager to see how many more homers he can hit, and his next milestone will be 800."


"I kind of got teary-eyed myself when he was giving the speech. He pointed up at the sky and said thank you to his dad. It was a great moment."


"I think it's pretty cool. I think it's good for baseball, and I just think it's a pretty neat thing."


"I'm indifferent. My home run chase was Hank Aaron and the Babe. I'll congratulate him professionally, but that's about it for me."


"756 home runs is a lot of home runs. He's a good hitter. There is no way about it. The majority of players will stand up for him."


"I'm glad it didn't happen against us, but I know the pitcher, I worked with him as a minor league player and he's a great kid. It's not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. I gave up Reggie Jackson's 500th, and it doesn't bother me. It's just a number."


"It's an amazing accomplishment. That's a lot of home runs."


"I'm sure he's relieved it's over, but you know what an accomplishment it is to hit that many home runs. To be able to play as many years as he has and to have the success he has had, he's going to go down as the greatest player or one of the greatest."


"He's a heck of a hitter. I'd say he's the most dangerous guy in the batter's box. To do that at his age is remarkable. ... It is an amazing feat. There is no side note or footnote."


"I'm a firm believer that we live in a country where you can't make those assumptions. You have to believe that a man is innocent until proven guilty, so no asterisks."


"There's been too much negative things coming after Barry. There's a lot of people that are frustrated about him getting it done, but there are also a lot of people that are happy he got it done. You've got to be a really good player throughout your career to get something done like that."


"Obviously my congratulations go out to him. Not only do you have to be a tremendous player and a tremendous talent to obtain it, but you have to be healthy enough and have the longevity in order to do it. That's such a great accomplishment. You can't fathom how many home runs that is. I mean, I've never hit more than 20 in a season, and this guy just passed 755."