CHICAGO (AP) - Gary Sheffield is rooting for Barry Bonds to break Hank Aaron's home run record.
Sheffield and Bonds had a falling out before the 2002 season, when they worked out together and Bonds' trainer supplied Sheffield with substances later alleged to be steroids. Sheffield claimed he wasn't aware he was taking illegal performance-enhancing substances.
Before Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, Sheffield labeled Bonds ``the best who ever lived.''
``I want him to break the record so bad, because of the way they're treating him,'' Sheffield said. ``Barry transcended the game, Barry changed the game.''
Sheffield said he probably will reach out to Bonds after he breaks the record.
``Regardless of our falling out at the time, I look at the good side of Barry,'' he said. ``I forgave him and I look at continue to look at the good side.''
Sheffield said that Bonds didn't speak of breaking records before the 2002 season.
``The thing he was concerned about was how people looked at him,'' Sheffield said. ``I felt like, as a friend, why do you care about how people look at you? My thing was, as a person of his stature, why does it matter? You're a great ballplayer and you are who you are, just leave it at that.''
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