SAN FRANCISCO, Calf. - It's been over three decades since Hank Aaron was number-2 on the major league all-time home run list. That's where he stands right now after San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds belted his 756th home run Tuesday night against Washington lefty Mike Bacsik.
Bonds doubled in the 2nd inning and singled in the 3rd before hitting a 435-foot drive over the wall in right-center during the 5th. It comes 31 years after Aaron smacked his 755th and final home run.
Bonds thanked his teammates for their support and also thanked his family. He became emotional when mentioning his father, former Giant Bobby Bonds.
Aaron honored Bonds with a videotaped congratulations, offering his best wishes to Bonds and his family on "this historic achievement." Neither Aaron nor commissioner Bud Selig attended the game.
Bonds was joined by his godfather, Willie Mays, during the brief ceremony following the home run. Mays is 4th on the all-time list with 660 home runs.
Bonds took his usual spot in left field after the inning but was taken out of the game before the top of the 6th.
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