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Into the home of the Hammer

The Giants will spend their next three nights playing baseball at 755 Hank Aaron drive — a.ka. Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves — so the obvious question is whether Aaron and Barry Bonds will get a chance to meet up face-to-face.

What would you do if you were Aaron?

If Aaron indeed stops by Turner Field to offer his congratulations to Bonds face-to-face, he’ll take the heights of class to a new level. Aaron told Terrence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was “as happy for (Bonds) as anybody,” so it seems clear he doesn’t have a problem with how Bonds may have attained the home run record. He certainly seemed to pass along those sentiments in his videotaped message last Tuesday after Bonds hit No. 756.

Now, if Aaron doesn’t show, do not take that as a sign that he’s snubbing Bonds. Aaron is not a regular at Turner Field, never has been, and he has to be aware that if he shows, the media will descend upon him like bees to a hive. He’s not big on that, so I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for him to show up.

One thing that was interesting was the mostly warm reception that Bonds received in Pittsburgh during a tribute in between games of a doubleheader Monday. It seems the rest of the nation is not as outraged as we anticipated they would be. Bonds’ 755th home run was greeted mostly with cheers in San Diego, and were he to have been lambasted anywhere, Pittsburgh would seem to have made the most sense.

Oh, and in case, you didn’t notice, Bonds is taking steps to keep folks from talking about his possible steroid use.

Finally, Bonds is planning on being back in 2008. If you’re the Giants, what do you do?

rhurd