As Barry Bonds heads into the All- Star Break with 751 home runs, five shy of the all-time record, I have to admit I'm looking at the calendar and laughing. It's interesting to imagine what would happen if Bonds hit his grand shot in either Milwaukee (July 20 to July 22) or in San Francisco at home against Atlanta (July 23 through July 26). We're not expecting the commish Bud Selig or Baseball's president and COO Bob DuPuy to be there, but it would be more strange if Bonds did it in Milwaukee, where Selig and DuPuy still have offices. The Atlanta connection is of course awkward because Hank Aaron, whose record he is looking to beat, is an executive with the Atlanta Braves. Aaron has said he won't be there, but again, its more awkward if Bonds becomes the all-time leader against Aaron's Braves.
While we’re on Bonds, Peter Gammons had a great interview with Bonds during the Home Run Derby on Monday night. It was ruined by the fact that they had to show Magglio Ordonez trying to hit home runs during the interview. I just wishESPN had the power to stick with Bonds for a couple minutes and delay Ordonez at the plate. Trying to concentrate on the interview and the Derby at the same time was too much.