Barry Bonds hits 755th home run, ties Hank Aaron's record
SAN DIEGO, Cali. - While there were some boos mixed in, the Petco Park in San Diego crowd stood and cheered for Barry Bonds' 755th home run, which ties the Giants slugger with Hank Aaron atop the all-time list. Bonds hit number-755 on a 2-1 pitch from Padres right-hander Clay Hensley to lead off the second inning.
The Giants' slugger watched the flight of the opposite-field shot and took a half-dozen steps before clapping his hands and jogging around the bases.
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.
Several fans held up asterisk signs and Bonds was booed as he headed to left field at the end of the inning.
The fan who ended up with the ball is 33-year-old Adam Hughes of La Jolla. He was whisked to a secure area so the specially marked baseball could be authenticated.
The 43-year-old Bonds has been shadowed by suspicions of steroid use for several years and many fans feel his chase of Aaron's record is tainted.
Bonds' record-tying homer was his first since July 27th. It came at 7:29 p.m PST and traveled 382 feet.