Bud's non-commital unfazes Bonds

BOB ELLIOTT

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- Frankly Scarlet, Barry Bonds couldn't give a dang.

"Does it matter to me? I think it's terrible the way it's gone down," the San Francisco slugger told reporters yesterday when asked if commissioner Bud Selig should be there to see his record-breaking 756th homer.

Selig will make his position clear today at his annual state of the union address.

"It's up to Bud, not me, I'm going to do my thing anyway. I have to go and play for my teammates," said Bonds.

"Bud is his own man. I respect him. Whether Bud shows or doesn't show, I'm going to play."

Bonds' 751 homers is four shy of Hank Aaron.

Aaron won't be there and Bonds doesn't blame him.

"No one can determine when it will happen, Hank has a life, too," Bonds said.

"It could go weeks. You can't expect him to travel all over the continent for weeks? It's not fair."

Bonds passed on the State Farm Home Run Derby last night.

During the AL batting practice, MLB's public-service announcement, which has been airing all season, was shown on the scoreboard with the message: "Sports are great for kids. Steroids aren't."

NL manager Tony La Russa told Bonds when the Giants were in St. Louis that he planned on hitting him second in tonight's mid-summer classic.

"I usually don't talk to the visiting guys too much, but I was talking to Bruce Bochy during BP and saw Barry, so I had a conversation with him,'' La Russa said.

Bonds was booed in St. Louis, as he is in opposing ballparks.

Fans held up signs reading "CHEATER" or "Barroid" or placards showing an asterisk.


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