Barry Bonds Tops Self, Ripken Retires
San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, 37, topped himself on Sunday, hitting his 73rd homer and shattering the slugging percentage record that Babe Ruth had held since 1920. Friday night, Bonds had topped St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire's 1998 home-run record of 70 by hitting homer No. 72. Bonds's solo homer on Sunday (off of knuckleballer Dennis Springer in the first inning) propelled the Giants to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. "Today's home run, I was just in shock," said Bonds. "The chance of hitting a home run off a guy who throws that slow is slim. I just said, 'What else can you give me, God? Enough is enough.' " Bonds wound up the season with a .328 batting average, a career-high 137 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .863, easily surpassing the mark of .847 that Ruth set in 1920. "That's the one I think is not going to be broken," Bonds said. "I wouldn't be surprised if someone breaks 73 . . . I don't know if that record will still exist next year." And in other news of the all-American game, Baltimore Orioles ironman Cal Ripken, Jr., 41, a popular 19-time All-Star who broke one of baseball's most coveted records for consecutive games played, closed out his illustrious career before a sellout crowd of fans and dignitaries (including Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton) Saturday night in the Orioles' season finale against the Boston Red Sox. "One question I have been repeatedly asked over the last few weeks is, 'How do I want to be remembered,' " Ripken said. "My answer has been simple. To be remembered at all is pretty special."
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