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East Texans Sound Off On Bonds' Home Run Record

Tuesday night came a historic but controversial moment in sports.

Barry Bonds became the all-time home run king breaking Hank Aaron's record.

Bonds' story is one that goes beyond sports because it seems everyone in the country has an opinion about it.  Rumors of steroid use have some calling him a "cheater." 

In San Francisco it was a hero's celebration after the home run. Bonds circled the bases of his home park with frenzied fans overwhelmed by the sight of history.

But, through other parts of the country the reaction was much different. When it was announced in several Major League ballparks that Bonds had become the new home run king, the news was greeted with boos.

The main reason, steroid allegations.

"That's what they are. Allegations," East Texan Dee Gordon said. "There's no proof."

"Baseball's one of the sports that fans have looked up to the players over generations," Jim Thomas said, "and it's really hard to do that now."

In a recent KLTV web poll, 72 percent of East Texans said they were not pulling for Bonds in the home run chase. Less than 24 hours after number 756, we wanted to know if fans felt any different about bonds.

"I don't think he deserves it as long as he's been in the league and with the steroids and different things going on," Sam Johnson said. "It's just like the Pete Rose thing."

"I'm personally, not a fan of his," Garrick Bailey said. "Not because of the whole steroid thing though. I happen to know several people who have had contact with him and said he's not a very nice person and I guess I have a problem with a not nice person holding the record."

"I think it's a great thing," Gordon added. "Great thing for the sport, great thing for him. He did a good job. I've been watching him since he played for the Pirates."

Whether you believe Bonds used steroid, is a cheater, or you think he is one of baseball's greatest there is still one conclusion we all can meet: Barry Bonds is the all-time home run leader.
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