Instead, Aaron handled everything about Bonds' pursuit the same way he'd handled breaking his own record. He made jokes about it beforehand, filming a commercial with Bonds where he tried to talk him into retiring before he broke the record.
Aaron was famous for not wanting to publicize his own record-setting home run in 1974. After he broke the home run record, he expressed his relief to a young broadcaster named Craig Sager who ran on the field to congratulate Aaron and was the first reporter to interview him following the historic moment. Years later, Aaron openly stated he would not be in attendance when Bonds passed him.
Instead, he filmed a video that congratulated Bonds on winning the record. The video was played at AT&T Stadium in San Francisco as a surprise to Bonds and all the fans there. The most poignant line was the last.
"My hope today," Aaron said, "as it was on that April evening in 1974, is that the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams."