SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds didn’t want to leave home this weekend without at least one.
And now after hitting No. 754, Bonds stands a single homer away from tying Hank Aaron’s Major League Baseball career-best 755 and two from passing him into first place on the all-time list with only two games remaining on this homestand.
“It’s very hard to explain right now because I really can’t tell you every emotion that’s going through my body,” Bonds said after the Giants held on to defeat the Marlins, 12-10, at AT&T Park on Friday, their fifth win in eight games since the big media crush descended on his chase. “This city is great. The fans are fantastic. I don’t know how to say thank you enough to them. Not only for myself, but for the organization.”
The homer, his 20th of the season, came after seven games of silence and was hit off Florida Marlins right-hander Rick Vanden Hurk with two outs in the first inning at AT&T Park. Coming on a 2-1 pitch that Vanden Hurk called a changeup and Bonds termed a fastball, the smash went into the bleachers left of center and was his first off a pitcher of Dutch descent. Vanden Hurk was the 444th pitcher who has allowed at least one homer to Bonds in his 22-year career.
July 28, 2007
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