Barry Bonds connected on a line drive home run in the first inning of yesterday’s game, tying Hank Aaron for the all-time home run lead. Hitting against Padres pitcher Clay Hensley, who had previously been suspended in the minors for testing positive for steroids, Bonds crushed an opposite field line drive and took several slow steps while watching the historic shot.
After taking six to seven slows steps to watch his home run, Bonds trotted around the bases before being met at home plate by his son Nikolai, who was also waiting for Bonds when he broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record six years ago. Much like many, if not all, of Bonds’ historic home runs, none of his teammates congratulated him at the plate. Ryan Klesko, who was up after Bonds, never even made eye contact with his teammate.
Bud Selig congratulated Bonds in a rather interesting manner. Through a statement released from the commissioner’s office, Selig said that “No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding this event, Mr. Bonds’ achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.” In addition, the commissioner announced that he, or someone from his office, would attend the next couple of Giants games “out of respect for the tradition of the game, the magnitude of the record and the fact that all citizens in this country are innocent until proven guilty.”
San Diego went on to win the game 3-2.