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Magowan talks to opposing teams about Bonds' home run record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants owner Peter Magowan is making plans
for history -- and he hopes it's soon.

Magowan has been talking to opposing teams about how to best
handle the moment when San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds hits his
756th home run to break Hank Aaron's record.

"When he breaks this record, he will have achieved something
truly meaningful that I think will stand the test of time,"
Magowan said on the field before Friday's game with the Florida Marlins.

"When people look back 20 years from now on 'What did Barry
Bonds mean to the Giants and what did the home run record mean?' I
think the general agreement will be that it was something pretty
meaningful."

Magowan wouldn't provide details for how the Giants will pay
tribute to Bonds when Aaron's mark falls, but has said it will be
similar to the way the club celebrated Bonds' 715th home run last
season when he passed Babe Ruth for second on the career list. That
moment featured a short delay and the unfurling of large banners
from light posts on either side of the main center-field
scoreboard. Those special signs are rolled up and ready now.

Bonds hit his 754th homer Friday night, moving with one of tying
the Hammer.

While Magowan would rather see Bonds become the new home run
king in the Giants' waterfront ballpark, he knows it could happen
on the road, where Bonds frequently is booed.

Still, players on other clubs have said they would like to
witness history -- and it will be an event wherever he does it.
Because Bonds' chase is attracting fans to stadiums each night as
he draws closer.

Magowan expects that other teams would be fine with Bonds'
teammates coming onto the field to congratulate him, perhaps in
extended fashion.

"I think the other teams would do what we kind of asked them to
do, within reason," Magowan said.

There is no set schedule of celebratory events that other clubs
would follow, Magowan said.

"We've just had discussions with them," he said. "We would be
very respectful of where this would happen where a lot of people
wouldn't maybe want to see it happen."

Magowan also defended Bonds' $15.8 million, one-year contract.

"Barry's big contract didn't prevent us from making some other
big contracts. Barry's contract fit into the budget we had,"
Magowan said. "I think we'll start winning more consistently once
this is behind us."