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Bonds Hits No. 713, Moves Within One Of Ruth
CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 7 MAY 2006 | AP

Posted on 05/07/2006 10:00:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist

(AP) PHILADELPHIA -- Barry Bonds is heading home, one behind the Babe.

Bonds hit his 713th homer Sunday night, moving within one of tying Babe Ruth for second place on baseball's career list.

The San Francisco Giants' slugger hit a mammoth shot in the sixth inning off Philadelphia right-hander Jon Lieber, sending a 2-1 pitch off the facade of the right-field upper deck during a 9-5 loss to the Phillies.

"They tell me that's the way the Babe used to hit them," Giants manager Felipe Alou said.

Bonds' fifth homer of the season was estimated at 450 feet, one of the longest ever at Philadelphia's hitter-friendly park. He needs 42 to tie Hank Aaron for the major league record.

"About tore that golden arches sign down out there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm glad he's leaving town, too, because he's about to get hot."

The solo homer cut the Phillies' lead to 5-3, but they soon broke it open and pushed their winning streak to eight games for the first time in 15 years.

The last time Philadelphia won eight in a row was a 13-game run in 1991.

The Giants were headed back to San Francisco to begin a homestand, but Bonds is not expected to play Monday night.

Bonds had been held in check since arriving here on Friday. He went 3-for-9 in Philadelphia's three-game sweep with a pair of singles. He had gone 11 at-bats since his previous home run Tuesday against San Diego.

As he took his slow trot around the bases, some of the Phillies fans -- who had been needling Bonds with boos and derisive chants throughout the series -- stood up, cheered and clicked photographs.

He struck out swinging in his next at-bat against reliever Aaron Fultz in the eighth inning, sending many fans heading for the exits. He was taken out of the game before the bottom of the inning, replaced in left field by Jason Ellison.

Carlos Oliveras caught the home run ball, specially marked to assure authenticity. The 25-year-old Oliveras, an Airman 1st Class who lives on McGuire Air Force Base in Fort Dix, N.J., paid $20 for his seat in Section 202, Row 7.

He said he is a Bonds fan and would probably keep the ball.

"I never thought I was going to be lucky like that," Oliveras said.

It was Bonds' fourth career homer off Lieber. But the seven-time NL MVP came into the game 5-for-36 (.139) against the right-hander, his lowest batting average against any pitcher he had faced at least 15 times.

With his mother cheering in the stands, Bonds pumped his fist as he returned to the dugout, perhaps trying to inspire a slumping Giants team that had lost three straight, six of seven and eight of 11.

Now he is one homer shy of Ruth's 714, one of the most hallowed numbers in a sport ruled by them. Ruth hit No. 714 in 1935 and held the major league record until Aaron broke it on April 8, 1974.

Ruth's total is the record for left-handed hitters, and Bonds has said he's more interested in owning that mark than catching Aaron.

Commissioner Bud Selig has said baseball won't do anything special to celebrate Bonds passing Ruth because it would only put the Giants' star in second place.

Maybe it also has something to do with allegations of steroid use by Bonds and baseball's probe into whether he took performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds has long denied ever knowingly taking steroids, though the new book "Game of Shadows" reveals his alleged extensive doping regimen the authors say began after the 1998 season when Bonds saw the attention Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa generated in their race for the single-season homers record.

Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, pleaded guilty to his role in a steroid distribution ring, and a federal grand jury is looking into whether Bonds perjured himself when he testified to the separate grand jury that indicted Anderson and three others in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal.

Perhaps no pursuit of second place in anything has ever garnered as much attention as Bonds closing in on Ruth. The Phillies said they received about 200 requests for media credentials this weekend, about 125 more than for a typical game.

The Giants do plan a celebration when Bonds catches Ruth. The team was set to take an overnight, cross-country flight and face Houston ace Roy Oswalt at home Monday night to make up an April 12 rainout. But Alou said Bonds probably won't play against the Astros.

As Bonds walked out to left field before the bottom of the first, fans in the front row of the bleachers unfurled a huge sign that read: "Ruth did it on hot dogs and beer. Aaron did it with class. How did YOU do it?" In addition, one `i' and the question mark were dotted with asterisks.

The sign came out again in the third. Another sign in left field read "LIAR."

Lieber (2-4) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. He is 2-0 in his last three starts after losing his first four outings.

Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer off Matt Morris (2-3) and drove in three runs for the Phillies. David Bell had three hits and scored twice.


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1 posted on 05/07/2006 10:00:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Asterisk indeed!


2 posted on 05/07/2006 10:01:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Too soon to remember??? How about TOO SOON TO FORGET!" from Mr. Silverback)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This is just wrong.
3 posted on 05/07/2006 10:02:18 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

how many steroids did Ruth take?


4 posted on 05/07/2006 10:03:20 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Echo Talon

I dont think the hotdogs had steroids back then


5 posted on 05/07/2006 10:04:47 PM PDT by fnord (497 1/2 feet of rope ... I just carry it)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I guess the Clomid and cow steroids are working again!


6 posted on 05/07/2006 10:05:12 PM PDT by JRios1968 (In memoriam...)
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To: Echo Talon
how many steroids did Ruth take?

Unless his came 12 oz. at a time...

7 posted on 05/07/2006 10:05:53 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Git R Done!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Batting ave: Ruth .342, Bonds .300

On base %: Ruth .474, Bonds .442

Slugging %: Ruth .690, Bonds .611

HRs per 162 games: Ruth 46, Bonds 42

RBIs per 162 games: Ruth 143, Bonds 110

8 posted on 05/07/2006 10:06:09 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
The San Francisco Giants' slugger hit a mammoth shot in the sixth inning off Philadelphia right-hander Jon Lieber, sending a 2-1 pitch off the steroid advertisement on the facade of the right-field upper deck during a 9-5 loss to the Phillies.
9 posted on 05/07/2006 10:06:19 PM PDT by A message
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Maybe it also has something to do with allegations of steroid use by Bonds and baseball's probe into whether he took performance-enhancing drugs. <

Yep, this is all void. He doesn't deserve any ovations for the home runs he cranks.

10 posted on 05/07/2006 10:06:25 PM PDT by Ruth A. (we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
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12 posted on 05/07/2006 10:07:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mr. Mojo

How many stolen bases did Babe Ruth have? Bonds has 500.


13 posted on 05/07/2006 10:10:04 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Meanwhile, the Giants are in last place in the division, Moises Alou's hurt, the ERA is the worst in the league, and we're staring a 5 game deficit straight in the face. Strange as it seems, Barry is the tip of the iceberg right now.

As a Giants fan, it sucks to be us most of the time, but it just sucks worse tonight. :(

*Sigh* Go Giants, I guess.


14 posted on 05/07/2006 10:10:25 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Let's Go Giants!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If I were the one to catch the ball that Bonds hits to break the record, I would announce that bidding starts now to see who wants the honor of dropping the ball into a shredder.


15 posted on 05/07/2006 10:10:56 PM PDT by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

How many black or Latin pitchers did Babe Ruth face in his career?


16 posted on 05/07/2006 10:11:44 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Mr. Mojo

thanks for the stats


17 posted on 05/07/2006 10:12:21 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
better (?) living thru chemistry
18 posted on 05/07/2006 10:13:15 PM PDT by Drango (No electrons were harmed in this posting. Several however, were inconvenienced.)
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To: GOP_Raider; fnord

:)


19 posted on 05/07/2006 10:13:18 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Ruth A.

What amazes me is if you watch Costas Now this past week with a roundtable of former players...they ALL said including Mike Schmidt that if steroids were popular and around when they played...they would have taken them as well.

All defenders of Barry.

I for one think he probably did roid up...but what he is accomplishing in the last 2-3 years under so much scrutiny...I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and saying he is passing Ruth's record on legit power and talent.


20 posted on 05/07/2006 10:13:56 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Bonds Hits No. 713, Moves Within One Of Ruth"

Without steroids he'd chasing Dave Winfield's 465 home runs, at best. What Bond's is doing is dumber than cheating at solitaire; at least with solitaire he'd be the only one who knew. The man is shameless.

21 posted on 05/07/2006 10:14:07 PM PDT by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Meanwhile, the Giants are in last place in the division, Moises Alou's hurt, the ERA is the worst in the league, and we're staring a 5 game deficit straight in the face.

Yup. This season, once again, we need only watch one batter the entire lineup, then go do something else for 45 minutes until he comes to the plate again.

22 posted on 05/07/2006 10:14:31 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Mr. Mojo

Also, compare their pitching stats! Heh heh heh...


23 posted on 05/07/2006 10:16:06 PM PDT by karnage
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To: stillonaroll
In the 1918 World Series vs the Chicago Cubs, Babe Ruth hurled a 6-hit shutout in Game 1. In Game 4, the Cubs scored their first run in the 8th inning to break Ruth's record string of 29 1/3 scoreless innings. Ruth's mark stood until 1961 when Whitey Ford broke it.

Babe was also a pitcher... how many strikeouts does bonds have?

24 posted on 05/07/2006 10:16:10 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: stillonaroll

123. His best season he had 17. He was fast in the early years, but obviously nothing like Bonds in that department!


25 posted on 05/07/2006 10:17:13 PM PDT by karnage
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To: Mr. Mojo
"Batting ave: Ruth .342, Bonds .300

On base %: Ruth .474, Bonds .442 Slugging %: Ruth .690, Bonds .611

HRs per 162 games: Ruth 46, Bonds 42

RBIs per 162 games: Ruth 143, Bonds 110

Percentage of steroid injections per game: Ruth 0, Bonds 100%

26 posted on 05/07/2006 10:17:18 PM PDT by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: kinoxi
thanks for the stats

He forgot a couple. Please see posts 13 and 16.

27 posted on 05/07/2006 10:17:46 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Echo Talon

Thanks Echo. I was about to make that point.


28 posted on 05/07/2006 10:17:53 PM PDT by A message
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The Babe was on the juice some of the time but it wasn't steroids.


29 posted on 05/07/2006 10:18:58 PM PDT by luvbach1 (More true now than ever: Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: Echo Talon

Ruth was one of the very best left-handed pitchers in baseball at the time - when pitchers dominated the game. He still has one of the best winning percentages all time.


30 posted on 05/07/2006 10:19:12 PM PDT by karnage
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To: GOP_Raider
The last place in the weakest division sucks big time. The Giants should have traded Bonds last season and gotten focused on winning the pendant.
31 posted on 05/07/2006 10:19:30 PM PDT by raj bhatia
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

And then there is Ted Williams' heroic military service.

http://www.militarymuseum.org/Williams.html


32 posted on 05/07/2006 10:21:03 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: stillonaroll

16 included no stats, 13 was (500 even?) most likely incorrect. your not a little biased now are you?


33 posted on 05/07/2006 10:21:08 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Echo Talon
Babe was also a pitcher... how many strikeouts does bonds have?

In my opinion, Ruth was the greatest all-around player in the game’s history. No one else has mastered the games two most important skills: hitting and pitching.

Note that Bonds was an excellent fielder in earlier years, as he often turned opponents doubles into singles.

34 posted on 05/07/2006 10:22:17 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll; kinoxi
Oh yeah, and Ruth was 94 - 46 as a pitcher (his .671 winning % is 12th on the all-time list).

...and his lifetime ERA is 2.27 (15th all-time).

Bonds was a better base stealer, you say? lol....ok, we'll give the pathetic junkie that stat.

35 posted on 05/07/2006 10:22:46 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

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36 posted on 05/07/2006 10:24:59 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

The question in 16 was how many black/Latin pitchers Ruth faced, and the answer is zero. Bonds has faced many. It’s 506 steals.


37 posted on 05/07/2006 10:25:10 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: karnage

Ruth was a pitcher?


38 posted on 05/07/2006 10:26:13 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Bingo.


39 posted on 05/07/2006 10:26:32 PM PDT by rvoitier ("News is what's suppressed. Everything else is advertising.")
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To: rvoitier

Excellent photo.


40 posted on 05/07/2006 10:27:31 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

How many black or Latin pitchers did Babe Ruth face in his career?


41 posted on 05/07/2006 10:27:34 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: stillonaroll
so you imply that black/latinos are superior baseball players?
42 posted on 05/07/2006 10:28:50 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: stillonaroll

Quite a few, actually. ...when he went barnstorming.


43 posted on 05/07/2006 10:28:59 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
So? Babe Ruth was on the juice and Barry Bonds was juiced?

I'm not sure if you can compare the two players. I mean really, how many candy bars named after Barry Bonds have been sold? Oh, the Baby Ruth candy bar was not named after Babe Ruth the baseball player even though most people think it was? Sorry, well, as P.T. Barnum said "There is a sucker born every minute". Geesh, P.Y. Barnum never actually said that either?

As you can see, I don't know much of anything about baseball. I just don't watch any sport that does not have cheeleaders.

For those of you that do know baseball I have two questions. One, do you think that players that have used steroids should have their records questioned? Two, should Pete Rose be allowed in the hall of fame?

44 posted on 05/07/2006 10:30:58 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (What is is about "illegal" you don't understand?)
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To: stillonaroll

like i said sarcastically in #33. your not a little bit biased now are you?


45 posted on 05/07/2006 10:31:23 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: My Favorite Headache
There are times when recognizing our humanity is good. This is not an example to me. If Bonds used steroids en route to the home run title, then I can't take his efforts seriously.
46 posted on 05/07/2006 10:35:10 PM PDT by Ruth A. (we might as well fight in the first ditch as the last)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Have you seen the size of this guy's head? I think that when someone's skull is large enough to warrant its own zip code, they are no longer elegable for records of any sort, except the Guinness one for largest head.
47 posted on 05/07/2006 10:38:49 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: stillonaroll
How many black or Latin pitchers did Babe Ruth face in his career?

Btw, of the top 20 pitchers with the best ERAs currently playing, only TWO are black/Latino (Pedro Martinez and Mike Jackson). ....so it's not like they dominate the mound.

Ruth would've been as dominant in today's game as he was back in the pre-war era.

48 posted on 05/07/2006 10:39:49 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Asked what he thought of Bonds, Babe, after putting down his cigar, and stuffing the rest of his hot dog in his mouth, washing it down with beer, smiled broadly and let loose a tremendous fart.


49 posted on 05/07/2006 10:42:43 PM PDT by giobruno
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

It will never count. Bonds will be more bitter than Rose ever was...with good cause.


50 posted on 05/07/2006 10:43:32 PM PDT by Petronski (Pure energy...)
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