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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Barry Bonds Hits Home Run #755, Ties Hank Aaron

Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record August 4, 2007 in San Diego (video below). Bonds hit a 2-1 pitch from Clay Hensley in the second inning into the left field stands at 7:29 Pacific time to tie the mark.

Ironically, Henlsey was one of 38 minor league players suspended in April 2005 for using performance-enhancing drugs, the first round of minor league suspensions handed down and made public by Major League Baseball.

After much debate and personal commitments, Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand to witness the historic event. Selig stood up and watched with his hands in his pockets and didn’t take the field or address the situation until he released a statement after the game.

From Selig’s statement:

"Congratulations to Barry Bonds as he ties Major League Baseball's home run record. No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding this event, Mr. Bonds' achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.

"As I said previously, 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, either I or a representative of my office will attend the next few games and make every attempt to observe the breaking of the all-time home run record."

"No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding this event, Mr. Bonds' achievement is noteworthy and remarkable."

The fans in San Diego reacted with mixed emotions. Some cheered and some booed. According to ESPN Bonds was distinctly booed when he took the field in the bottom of the second.

There were only two other games going on when Bonds hit the record-tying home run, in Seattle and Los Angeles. Again according to ESPN, fans in those two stadiums reacted with “scattered boos’ when the shot was announced.

Video of Barry Bonds' home run #755

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