San Francisco Giants: Our Favorite Barry Bonds Memories
From Michael Saltzman:
Barry Bonds has 754 home runs and the San Francisco Giants were heading to San Diego for a three game series with the Padres.
I hopped in the car with a friend of mine and fellow die hard Giants fan and drove from San Jose to San Diego to catch the series and hope to see history.
We bought tickets online for the first game up in the 3rd deck and figured we’d buy tickets somehow for the other two games once we got there.
That first night, Bonds did not hit a home run. Matt Cain, as was typical of the 2007 season and his entire career, was “Cained,” going 7 1/3, and watching a 3-0 lead get ruined by Vinny Chulk as he was charged with 2 earned runs and a no decision.
The second night, we saw magic happen first hand. Bonds hit his 755th home run of his career. Fans had been booing Bonds with each plate appearance the previous night as well as this night. However, as that ball soared, those boos quickly morphed into cheers as they had seen history.
Bonds tied Hank Aaron and everyone in that stadium were able to witness greatness first hand. My friend and I had standing room only seats, so we basically ran around the stadium high-fiving anyone in a Giants shirt.
As we watched another Padres walk off win, we were still filled with adrenaline of Bonds blast. I walked around to Padres fans and told each one I encountered “You’re welcome” for having been allowed to be a part of history.