San Francisco Celebrates Bonds' Home Run San Francisco celebrates Barry Bonds Day in the wake of the slugger's Tuesday night home run, which broke the career home-run record set by Hank Aaron in 1974.
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San Francisco Celebrates Bonds' Home Run

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San Francisco Celebrates Bonds' Home Run

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ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Andrea Seabrook.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And I'm Michele Norris.

In San Francisco, it is Barry Bonds Day. The mayor proclaimed it so after the Giants' slugger finally, finally broke Hank Aaron's all-time homerun record last night.

NPR's Richard Gonzales says fans are still relieving the big moment.

RICHARD GONZALES: With the hometown crowd in a packed stadium, the stage was set for Barry Bonds to make history. And in the fifth inning, he did by hitting number 756.

(Soundbite of crowd cheering)

GONZALES: Among the true fans was Jim Easton of Fresno. Today, as some tried to rain on the celebration with talk of Bonds and steroids, Easton was in no mood for it.

Mr. JIM EASTON (Baseball fan): I don't pay attention to it. I'll let the courts sort that out and let history sort it out. Right now, I just want to live for the moment just like he does.

GONZALES: I'm standing near the corner of 3rd and King in San Francisco in front of AT&T Park. And nearby, about a hundred people are waiting in line in front of the Giants' dugout. It's a team souvenir shop and all these people are looking to buy memorabilia of last night's historic homerun by Barry Bonds.

Mr. ROLAND SAAVALANO (Baseball fan): Well, I looks for caps and we look for anything Barry Bonds's 756.

GONZALES: Roland Saavalano of San Francisco has an armful of Giants T-shirts. He's trying to make up for the fact that he missed last night's game.

Mr. SAAVALANO: I tell you, that's such a good thing about someone like Barry Bonds getting a record and everyone can celebrate it. Jesus Christ, it's a good thing.

GONZALES: Today as Mayor Gavin Newsome proclaimed Barry Bonds Day, he promised there will also be a citywide celebration coming soon.

Richard Gonzales, NPR News, San Francisco.

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