Bonds Hits Historic 755

August 4, 2007 at 8:11 pm 18 comments

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Barry Bonds swung, took a half-dozen steps and clapped his hands. With no trace of a smile but a strong shot for all the doubters, he caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record Saturday night.

No. 755 was an opposite-field drive to left-center field, moving Bonds within one swing of having baseball’s pinnacle of power all to himself.

Commissioner Bud Selig stood up and put his hands in his pockets while Bonds’ family hugged and high-fived. When Bonds crossed the plate, he lifted his batboy son, Nikolai, and carried him several steps in an embrace.

The Petco Park crowd stood and cheered, with some boos mixed in, when the San Francisco slugger homered off Clay Hensley in the second inning. Several fans held up asterisk signs.

Bonds was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning. The 43-year-old star has been shadowed by suspicions of steroid use for several years, which some fans feel has tainted his chase for home run record.

It had been eight days since Bonds hit his 754th home run, and he came out for early batting practice Saturday, hoping to break his slump. He did it quickly, homering to lead off the second.

Earlier in the day, Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th home run. Like Bonds, he took advantage of his first opportunity of the game.

Bonds’ milestone shot came at 7:29 p.m. PDT and traveled an estimated 382 feet. The ball clunked off an advertising sign on the facade and fell into the navy blue bleachers below — right below the main scoreboard featuring a giant photo of the smiling slugger.

A fan sitting in that area threw back a ball onto the field, but it was unclear whether that was the souvenir ball.

After crossing the plate, teammate Ryan Klesko hugged Bonds, who slowly walked through a greeting line of other Giants. Moments later, he walked over to the field-level seats and kissed 8-year-old daughter Aisha and wife Liz through the screen.

Bonds then lifted his cap before going to the far end of the dugout and hugging Sue Burns, the wife of late Giants ownership partner Harmon Burns. -By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer

Now that the famed 755th homer of Barry Bonds has been hit we can all sit back and wait for 756. In my opinion it’s all going to be short lived. Alex Rodriguez will pass Barry Bonds within the next 8-10 years and the home run record will be held without an asterick sign.

But for the time being we should all sit back and be blessed that we got to live and see the greatest record in sports history matched tonight.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Doug  |  August 4, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    One more home run and Barry will be the “King” of home runs. I do not like Barry Bonds not becuase of the PEDs (performance Enhancing Drugs) Speculation but because of his arrogance. But i will respect the fact that he was able to stay in the majors for so long and endure all the controversy he faced. congratulations to Barry Bonds on this Tremendous achievment

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  • 2. Doug  |  August 4, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    One more home run and Barry will be the “King” of home runs. I do not like Barry Bonds not becuase of the PEDs (performance Enhancing Drugs) Speculation but because of his arrogance. But i will respect the fact that he was able to stay in the majors for so long and endure all the controversy he faced. congratulations to Barry Bonds on this Tremendous achievment

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 4, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I agree. I can’t stand the arrogance. We may be the only generation that gets to see this record passed, and it might get passed 2 or 3 times (A-Rod and Pujols).

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 4, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I agree. I can’t stand the arrogance. We may be the only generation that gets to see this record passed, and it might get passed 2 or 3 times (A-Rod and Pujols).

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  • 5. Mike  |  August 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Check out BondsTshirt.com or myspace.com/bondstshirt

    Pretty cool…if you think this whole thing is a scam like I do.

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  • 6. Mike  |  August 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Check out BondsTshirt.com or myspace.com/bondstshirt

    Pretty cool…if you think this whole thing is a scam like I do.

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  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 5, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Mike – Pretty funny stuff. You may be right but this is still a time we should all be thankful about. Steroids or not he’s still one of the best players to ever play the game.

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 5, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Mike – Pretty funny stuff. You may be right but this is still a time we should all be thankful about. Steroids or not he’s still one of the best players to ever play the game.

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  • 9. suzy  |  August 7, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    know what guys? how can 755 home runs be a scam??? how many people in this world on roids not on roids on crack or on lettuce hit that many home runs? let them step up to the plate. the babe did on boose colesterol and women which i think makes him a better athlete which is th point their athletism not their personal lives!!! p.s. i think griffey will break in record time!

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  • 10. suzy  |  August 7, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    know what guys? how can 755 home runs be a scam??? how many people in this world on roids not on roids on crack or on lettuce hit that many home runs? let them step up to the plate. the babe did on boose colesterol and women which i think makes him a better athlete which is th point their athletism not their personal lives!!! p.s. i think griffey will break in record time!

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  • 11. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 8, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Griffey? If he was healthy the past 5 years I think he’d have a shot. I think A-Rod will break it and then Pujols after him if Pujols’ age is legit.

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  • 12. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 8, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Griffey? If he was healthy the past 5 years I think he’d have a shot. I think A-Rod will break it and then Pujols after him if Pujols’ age is legit.

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  • 13. Brandon  |  August 8, 2007 at 11:11 am

    For the past 6 or 7 years the media has been trying to create a soap opera out of the MLB, especially out west. Barry does not play into this. Why would he give reporters the time of day when it’s been the same question: “Do you think that your numbers that continue to make the record books are tainted?” What is one to say? Granted drugs have, are, and always will be infiltrating the professional and collegiate sports world. I am in no way justifying their use, but where’s the asterisk next to Sosa’s name, or McGuire, Giambi, Palmiero, and the dozens of players in baseball and all of sports? Sure, their names come up from time to time, but they are somehow “forgiven” or forgotten because they are not now in the limelight. Controversy sells. Period. People watch ESPN because their classless coverage gives misinformed and unintelligent people something to talk about with their co workers monday morning. Barry has ended up as the unfortunate subject of bandwagon, telveision fueled mudslinging. People are led to believe that steroids make you hit more homeruns, when this is not the case. They help your muscles recover from injury and workouts. Roids or not, Barry would have hit 756. As a fan of Barry’s I still look forward to A-Rod’s breaking of the record in 6 or 7 more years because these events are good for the sport, and I hope that it will be covered with at least a touch of class.

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  • 14. Brandon  |  August 8, 2007 at 11:11 am

    For the past 6 or 7 years the media has been trying to create a soap opera out of the MLB, especially out west. Barry does not play into this. Why would he give reporters the time of day when it’s been the same question: “Do you think that your numbers that continue to make the record books are tainted?” What is one to say? Granted drugs have, are, and always will be infiltrating the professional and collegiate sports world. I am in no way justifying their use, but where’s the asterisk next to Sosa’s name, or McGuire, Giambi, Palmiero, and the dozens of players in baseball and all of sports? Sure, their names come up from time to time, but they are somehow “forgiven” or forgotten because they are not now in the limelight. Controversy sells. Period. People watch ESPN because their classless coverage gives misinformed and unintelligent people something to talk about with their co workers monday morning. Barry has ended up as the unfortunate subject of bandwagon, telveision fueled mudslinging. People are led to believe that steroids make you hit more homeruns, when this is not the case. They help your muscles recover from injury and workouts. Roids or not, Barry would have hit 756. As a fan of Barry’s I still look forward to A-Rod’s breaking of the record in 6 or 7 more years because these events are good for the sport, and I hope that it will be covered with at least a touch of class.

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  • 15. suzy  |  August 11, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Kudos to you Brandon I couldn’t have said it better!

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  • 16. suzy  |  August 11, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Kudos to you Brandon I couldn’t have said it better!

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  • 17. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 13, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I agree with you mostly Brandon. I think that if it was someone else who broke Aaron’s record, like McGwire or Sosa (both are probably guilty, the media and the press would’ve loved this story. It would’ve been everywhere for over a week. I think it has more to do with Bonds’ attitude than it does his “steroid use”. A-Rod will go through the hate too because he isn’t a “well liked” player. Good comment Brandon!

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  • 18. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 13, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I agree with you mostly Brandon. I think that if it was someone else who broke Aaron’s record, like McGwire or Sosa (both are probably guilty, the media and the press would’ve loved this story. It would’ve been everywhere for over a week. I think it has more to do with Bonds’ attitude than it does his “steroid use”. A-Rod will go through the hate too because he isn’t a “well liked” player. Good comment Brandon!

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