Bonds Relishes Moment of 755th Home Run

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By JANIE McCAULEY
The Associated Press
Sunday, August 5, 2007; 10:08 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Barry Bonds isn't ready to call his next history-making shot.

A day before taking his quest for the record back home to San Francisco, Bonds sat back and took a deep breath to enjoy his 755th home run.

"There's no pressure on me to do this right away. If I keep my mechanics right, you guys won't be around long," Bonds said Sunday. "I'd love to do a lot of things, but a lot of good fortunes have to come with that, too. I'm going to do my best."

Tying Hank Aaron's record on the road lined up Bonds to be crowned the home run king in his Northern California comfort zone.

He'll get his first chance at 756 on Monday night, in the opener of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. Bonds said he had heard of Washington's starter for the first game, rookie left-hander John Lannan, but that's about it.

He didn't plan on doing much studying, either.

"I don't like to remember too much of anything," Bonds said. "I like the challenge in front of me."

The game, which begins at 7:15 p.m. PDT, will be televised on ESPN2. It's the ninth game the network has added during Bonds' chase for the home run record.

Bonds had a strong feeling he was headed for history as ball after ball hit his bat and flew over Petco Park's faraway fences during his early batting practice Saturday. Five hours later, Bonds hit an opposite-field drive of 382 feet to left-center to match Aaron's 33-year-old mark.

"When I'm swinging the bat, doing things in batting practice, I can tell," Bonds said Sunday, standing at his locker as he leisurely got ready for a series finale in which he did not start. "If I get into position to do some things, you're in trouble."

Bonds, like Aaron in 1974, tied the record on the road. Bonds was playing some 400 miles south of his hometown of San Francisco, the city where he is beloved despite allegations that steroids fueled his pursuit.

After the big drive, Bonds spoke to pal Ken Griffey Jr. and received a congratulatory message from Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 500th homer earlier Saturday. Bonds' Hall of Fame godfather, Willie Mays, also left a greeting on his voicemail.


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