Is this the weekend when Barry Bonds ties, or even breaks, the record for all-time career homeruns?
Bonds, with 753 before last night's game against the Atlanta Braves, heads into a three-game homestand against the Florida Marlins with high expectations to reach one of the game's great plateaus in front of a home crowd during the next few days.
The reaction, if he were to succeed, would likely be much more friendly than the boos that have dogged Bonds most of the year as rumours of steroid use by the Giants outfielder have not diminished.
Though Bonds hasn't failed a steroid test, other high-profile hitters have admitted to using drugs, and the whiff of scandal, proven or not, will likely taint Bonds accomplishment if he does succeed in breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 career homers.
Once the weekend's three-game homestand ends, the Giants head off to Los Angeles for a series of away games.
Bonds has 19 homers in 87 games this year, but being only two swings of the bat away from No. 1 focuses attention on the outfielder every time he steps up to the plate.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has said he would try to attend all Bonds' games until the record is broken. Does he know something we don't?
BARRY'S BIG BAT
- Here's how Barry Bonds stacks up against the game's greatest home-run hitters:
1 Hank Aaron 755
2 Barry Bonds- 753
3 Babe Ruth 714
4 Willie Mays 660
5 Sammy Sosa- 603
6 Ken Griffey Jr.- 588
7 Frank Robinson 586
8 Mark McGwire 583
9 Harmon Killebrew 573
10 Rafael Palmeiro 569
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