Barry Bonds' record-breaking homer was met with mostly boos when it was announced at three other ballparks Tuesday night, a familiar reaction to the achievements of the San Francisco Giants slugger.
Players were more impressed with Bonds' 756 career homers - and some relieved.
``I'm glad I didn't have the dubious honor,'' San Diego reliever Scott Linebrink said. ``I've given one up to him. In reality, it doesn't really matter if you gave up 300 or 756, but it is the stigma that will always follow one guy.''
Other sluggers marveled at Bonds.
``It's an amazing accomplishment - that's a lot of home runs,'' said Colorado's Todd Helton, who went deep twice in the Rockies' 6-3 win over Milwaukee.
The historic homer drew praise from officials in and outside of the game. Baseball union head Donald Fehr called it ``truly one of those moments that all fans will remember.''
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited with Bonds in July in Chicago, offered his congratulations.
``He has survived!'' Jackson said in a statement. ``He remains the most feared batter with the most home runs and the most walks. I know his father rejoices tonight.''
Only three games were still going on when Bonds broke Hank Aaron's storied record with a drive in the fifth inning against Washington pitcher Mike Bacsik in San Francisco. Bonds connected on a 3-2 pitch.
News of Bonds' drive quickly reached Southern California, where a replay of the homer was shown on the videoboards in right and left field in Anaheim after the final out of the fifth inning. The sellout crowd of 44,177 booed loudly.
Fans at Coors Field in Denver booed mostly as they watched Bonds round the bases between innings and quickly turned their attention to the top of the ninth of the Rockies' 6-3 win over Milwaukee.
``I'm indifferent,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. ``My home run chase was Hank Aaron and the Babe. I'll congratulate him professionally, but that's about it for me.''
When the home run was shown on the big screen over center field in Arizona, a smattering of applause was drowned out by resounding boos from most of the crowd of 25,340 at Chase Field.
``I think it's pretty cool,'' Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds said after St. Louis' 4-0 loss to San Diego. ``I think it's good for baseball and I just think it's a pretty neat thing.''
In the visiting clubhouse at Busch Stadium, the Padres were also glad for Bonds.
``I think it was great,'' outfielder Scott Hairston said. ``It was great to witness history. I kind of got teary-eyed myself when he was giving the speech (afterward). He pointed up at the sky and said thank you to his dad. It was a great moment.''

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