Barry Bonds did it.
No, not steroids. Well, at least not to where anyone could prove it.
I'm talking about what Bonds did Tuesday night in San Francisco. The big lefty blasted his way into the record books with home run No. 756 to become the all-time home run leader in baseball.
It was one of those moments in sports history where, 20 years from now, you might be asked, "Where were you?"
I was in my truck. Columbia County's 14-year-old All-Star baseball team had just lost to Florida in the 2007 Dixie Boys Baseball World Series. As I made the drive back from Aiken, I had my satellite radio tuned in to the game trying to make it home before Bonds' at bat.
I missed it by a quarter of a mile. I could see my townhouse as Giants' radio play-by-play man Jon Miller made the call. I got goose bumps as I heard Miller eloquently describe the scene.
So where were you when Bonds hit it?
Augusta Christian graduate:
"I was at Omni in the locker room watching the game on one of the big screens in there with Nolan (Belcher), Lee (Banks) and Kyle (Redd). We were all excited and jumping around and stuff. I called my dad after it happened, and he was a little upset about it, but I enjoyed seeing it."
"I was sleeping. I watched it the next morning on Sportscenter.
"It was real late and I know it's a big deal, but I think he's on steroids anyway.
"All these stats where he hit more home runs after he was 35 than before. What kind of Major League player is that? Yeah, he's going to be a Hall of Famer, and you know he was going to hit it sooner or later.
"But all I know is Hank Aaron didn't take steroids for sure. Bonds did, in my opinion."
"I was about to get in bed. I missed it because I was watching the Braves instead, but I found out about it about 10 minutes after it happened and I saw it on Sportscenter.
"Personally, I didn't want him to hit it. I think the steroids helped him hit it farther. I know you still have to hit it, but I like Hank Aaron more because he did it on his own even with people making death threats and racial slurs and everything else."
"I watched it. I was at my buddy's house, Brian Freeman. We were in his pool house watching the game, and it was an exciting moment for all baseball fans in general.
"The way I see it. He hasn't been proven guilty yet. There's no evidence that he's taken steroids. He passed all his drug tests so I think he deserves it. Records are meant to be broken."
Augusta Prep graduate:
"I was in bed watching it. I couldn't miss it, but I was pretty disappointed. I just didn't want to see it happen. Obviously, he's used performance enhancing drugs or steroids since he left Pittsburgh.
"I'm a big fan of Hank Aaron, and I always will be. I don't think I can look up to Barry Bonds like that."
Lakeside baseball coach:
"I did see it. I was lying in bed because it was pretty late.
"My thing is, obviously you've got the steroids usage. He's admitted to using the growth hormones, but it's baseball. If it were all about strength you'd see body builders playing baseball. You don't see that because you still have to hit the ball.
"I still think there's always going to be an asterisk there."
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