Sport: Going Long on Bonds

The San Francisco Giants' taciturn slugger is already more than halfway to a new home-run record

This time around there won't be any McGwire-family love-ins at home plate. No adorably accented declarations about how wonderful the game has been to him. No Maris family watching, square-jawed and teary-eyed, from their box seats on the brink of inevitability.

San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds is on pace to bludgeon the home-run record this season, but America should not expect an invitation to hop on his bandwagon. Depending on whom you ask, Bonds is either notoriously arrogant or shy bordering on prickly, and his flaws, of which there are a few, are not the sweet, character-building ones that...

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