On this day, 10 years ago, San Francisco Giants legend, Barry Bonds became number one. His mammoth shot to the deepest part of the year, and then some set him self atop the charts for career home-runs.
The San Francisco Giants have some absolute legends. Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Mell Ott, and Juan Marichal are just a few. But there is one that will always stand out to me, and that was Barry Bonds. It might be mainly because I had actually seen him with my own eyes.
I came around on baseball in the 2001 World Series. That’s probably my first REAL baseball moment I can think of, Luis Gonzalez walking it off for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I was only six. The next massive memory I have of baseball was 71. Being only seven, it was by the grace of God that my Mom was a Giants fan growing up that we were actually invested in the Giants. Then I remember watching every night.
I don’t have vivid memories of the 2002 World Series Game 6 fiasco. But the moment I really knew I was a Giants fan was when I cried as J.T. Snow got thrown out at home plate in Game 4 of the NLDS in 2003. From my years under the age of ten, I only have a few non Bonds memories. His presence dominated my Giants fandom as a young boy.
I still have the newspaper clipping from that day 10 years ago. The epic call from Duane Kuiper, “756! Bonds stands alone!”. I actually missed 755. My family went to the beach that day. For those familiar with the Central Valley to Central Coast trek, we stopped at Casa De Fruta for a bathroom break on the way home. When we stepped out of the car, everyone in the little diner there was talking about it. I was so mad I missed that as I had seen 500, 600, 700, 715 etc. So I made sure we watched every inning of every game until he hit 756.
I still have the newspaper clipping. Some days I even go back and watch youtube videos of the moment. Everything from videos from the crowd, to many other shots and angles of it. It’s a moment as a child I will never forget. So below is my favorite video of it all. Enjoy, as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Barry Bonds breaking the all time home-runs record.
One day, we’ll be able to commemorate this in the Baseball Hall of Fame, that is if voters stop acting like a bunch of self-righteous fools.