I only saw the highlights of Bonds's record-breaking homer and Hank Aaron's videotaped congratulations. I could not bring myself to watch Bonds's thank-you speech.
As I posted Saturday, there's no joy in Bonds's achievement for me; however, I accept his record as valid, just as I accept Ruth's record though he didn't play against minority players, and Maris's single season record though he had more games that season to pass Ruth. I accept records because there's no way to go back in time and adjust them. There are nuances in every era, and as long as we're conscious of them, no asterisks are needed.
Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron in an era of rampant chemical enhancement.