AJC columnist Terence Moore tracked down Hank Aaron and asked him if he planned to be on hand when/if Barry Bonds breaks his home run record. Aaron said no. Hell no.
“I’m sorry Barry feels that way, and I don’t have any resentment toward him whatsoever, but I have no intention of trying to get in contact with him or doing anything with him in regard to his [chasing the record]. Nothing. Why should I?” said Aaron, who discovered only recently that the privately sensitive slugger for the San Francisco Giants wants to become pen pals or something. “It’s really not a big concern of mine. I don’t know why I should have to do anything. I might send him a telegram, and that would be the extent of it.”
So that settles that. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s one “no” from Aaron and one “maybe” from Bud Selig.
Speaking of Selig, apparently he’s the one who told Aaron that Bonds is feeling slighted. Aaron says Bonds shouldn’t take it so personally.
The commissioner told me that [Bonds] has asked him several times about why I haven’t contacted him,” Aaron said. “I don’t talk to anybody, really, and I’ve never talked to Barry, outside of that commercial we did together a few years ago, and a few other short times.”
If I were Barry, I would make a point to break that home run record in SanFran. Because if he breaks it on the road, I don’t think he’s going to be feeling a lot of love. Certainly not from Hank Aaron.