Barry Bonds drew praise from President Bush and abuse from tabloid headline writers.
Bush phoned the San Francisco Giants star Wednesday, a day after Bonds hit his 756th home run to break Hank Aaron's record. The former Texas Rangers owner told Bonds ``you've always been a great hitter and you broke a great record,'' White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.
Some papers were less kind.
The front page of the New York Post had a banner headline of ``756'' that was formed by syringes, a reference to allegations that Bonds used steroids. The front page of The Daily News page read: ``King of Shame.'' The Boston Herald's back-page headline was: ``King Con.''
The Philadelphia Daily News' back page had 756 with an asterisk. The headline inside read: ``Hail Yes or Hell No.''
San Francisco planned to mark the record with a civic celebration, according to Nathan Ballard, a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom. A banner with 756 on it hung from the balcony outside the mayor's City Hall office.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter predicted that Bonds' reign could be short and that New York teammate Alex Rodriguez will take over. A-Rod hit his 500th homer last weekend, at 32 becoming the youngest player to reach that milestone.
``If he stays healthy, I'm sure he'll have a crack at hitting 800 home runs,'' Jeter said.
Baltimore's Kevin Millar dismissed speculation that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs.
``People ask, is there an asterisk? No, there's not,'' Millar said. ``There's nothing that's been proven. Now, two years from now, if something comes out, then you'll have the gasoline to put on the fire. But right now you've got to live in the moment and understand what he just did.''
Boston slugger David Ortiz thought Bonds had been treated harshly.
``There's been too much negative things coming after Barry,'' he said. ``There's a lot of people that are frustrated about him getting it done, but there are also a lot of people that are happy he got it done.''
Pittsburgh, Bonds' first team, planned a video tribute between games of a makeup doubleheader against the Giants on Monday night.
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