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Teammates glad Bonds' chase over09/18/2004 4:46 AM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amazement. Awe. Respect. A treasured moment. Those were the reactions of Giants players and coaches after witnessing Barry Bonds slug the 700th homer of his career Sept. 17 at SBC Park in San Francisco's 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. But there was a feeling of relief as well, for with the pressure-cooker atmosphere of Bonds reaching the milestone having lost steam, the focus and heat of the playoff chase comes to the fore. Now it's back to playing winning baseball, but Bonds will hardly be the biggest Giant of them all, dwarfing everybody else's contributions. Relief pitcher Jim Brower put Bonds and the Giants' stretch run into perspective. "It is awesome to see him get it and it takes a little pressure off him so he can feel more comfortable at the plate, which makes us happy," said Brower. "When he's comfortable, he makes things happen. "I think he's happy to be home, happy to get the home run out of the way," added the reliever. "It's back to business tomorrow. It was different tonight, and down the road it'll feel historic, and right now it seems almost overdone the way everybody treats it." Brower said he and other teammates are glad the hoopla and media hordes and constant attention given to Bonds is over.
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