- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2007

The scene was quite different in the visitor”s clubhouse yesterday, not like before Barry Bonds became major league baseball”s all-time home run king. There was no media mob watching his every move, no dugout crush during a pregame press conference.

Life is back to normal for Bonds since he broke Hank Aaron’s record with homer No. 756 against the Nationals on Aug. 7.

“Everything was normal for me, except at the ballpark,” Bonds told a lone reporter before the San Francisco Giants played the Nationals at RFK Stadium last night. “More so on the road because we as a team didn’t have control of that. It was the same repetitive questions. Just like the same repetitive questions we’re going over now.”

At least he laughed when he said that.

Bonds, who did not start the game, said has not yet reflected on the significance of the accomplishment.

“There’s no time,” he said. “I haven’t had time. There’s no time really to reflect on anything. If I could sit at home for three or four days, then I could reminisce and go, ‘[Expletive] something just happened here.’ I mean, the next day, you’re back at work. Baseball is every day. Every day there’s a new challenge.”

Not that Bonds is the reflective sort, anyway. He leaves that to others.

“Anybody you ask, guys I grew up with, they’ll tell you,” Bonds said. “I am not that type of person. Sure, there’s a self … something I accomplished myself. But I’m on to the next thing.”

Bonds said he would like to reach 3,000 hits (he had 2,928 before the game) and win a World Series for the first time. But it won’t happen this year. The Giants are in last place in the NL West, well out of contention.

Bonds, who turned 43 in July, has hit five home runs since breaking the record and has 27 for the season. He leads the majors with 126 walks.

But he isn’t 100 percent certain about returning, whether it’s with the Giants or another team.

“I talk to my son [17-year-old Nikolai], and I don’t know,” he said. “He’ll be in college, man. To stay at home and play golf with my son. … So we’ll see. So far right now, the way, I feel, yes.”

Bad news for Patterson

Right-hander John Patterson finally will have surgery to treat the nerve injury in his elbow that has ruined his season. Once considered the staff ace, he has not pitched since May 5.

“I tried everything I could to try to not to have surgery,” said Patterson, who visited several doctors and tried varying treatments, including a trip to Canada for a procedure not approved in the United States. “My mind is at ease.”

Patterson said there is no structural problem and the procedure mainly will entail removing scar tissue.

“I’m ready to put this all behind me,” he said. “It’s been the most challenging and frustrating thing I’ve ever dealt with. This is unbelievably frustrating.”

That’s quite a statement, considering Patterson once had reconstructive Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

Nationals general manager Jim Bowden also said outfielder Alex Escobar, who was rehabbing from a shoulder operation last year and has missed the entire season, will have surgery for a foot injury.

September callups

The Nationals announced their Sept. 1 recalls, bringing up pitchers Matt Chico and Winston Abreu. Chico is scheduled to start tomorrow.



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