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12:45 PM -- I'll admit it: I don't like Barry Bonds. But to be at AT&T Park last night to see him hit his 756th home run -- tops all time for an American player -- well, fill in your own cliche here. Once in a Lifetime. Really Something Special.

Across the aisle from us was a boy of about nine, replete with glove and cap. Everybody stood up during Bonds's at-bats, so he had to sneak into the aisle to see. When Bonds connected, his father had enough presence of mind to scoop him up, letting him watch the ball hit the bleachers in right-center field. They'll tell that story forever.

You all know by now that Bonds hit No.756 in the fifth inning off Mike Bacsik -- whose father, it turns out, pitched to Hank Aaron when he had 755 home runs, with less dramatic results. Bonds's picture is in all the papers today, and the replays are all over ESPN.

Well, here's some grainy, date-stamped evidence of my own.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:04:17 PM
re: 756 So he set the Fecord -- the Faux Record.

What I realy wanted to see was the expression on Bud Selig's face.
Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:04:16 PM
re: 756 They should just call it the RBOC Center in order to future proof the name. Come to think of it, that actually has a nice ring to it...(pun not intended on "ring" I swear)
Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:04:16 PM
re: 756 Nice seats Craig, are they CMP's?
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:04:16 PM
re: 756 Nope - but they *are* season tickets. Friends of mine applied for seat licenses very early on, before Pac Bell Park opened. Every now and again, I tag along with them.

(I still say AT&T needs to get acquired so they can be forced to change the ballpark name again.)
rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 3:04:15 PM
re: 756 Don't you guys have an internal email system to discuss off-topic events?

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[with tongue firmly planted in cheek]
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:04:15 PM
re: 756 the date is wrong
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:04:15 PM
re: 756 DAMN it!

Maybe nobody's looking, or nobody's noticed, or nobody had the heart to tell me .... but there's a major mistake here. Well, my wife finally looked at the pictures, noticed it, and told me immediately.

Can you spot it?

Sheesh. So much for history.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:04:15 PM
re: 756 There was actually an unsuccessful petition to get it renamed to Willie Mays Field At (RBOCname) Park, to give it some more permanence (and a better name).

http://www.maysfield.org/
Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 3:04:14 PM
re: 756 It is funny how baseball handles doping differently than cycling (same for football, basketball).

In cycling, if you are even accused of doping, you are out. Gone. Done. Whole teams and sponsors have been destroyed by one doping charge.

In Baseball, everyone plays on regardless.

Bonds hits a record home run, the crowd cheers. Armstrong rips another guys legs off on a climb and the crowd spits on him.


What is the difference? Americans won't let a little fair competition get in the way of massive cash flow? I don't understand the gulf of behavior between the two.
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:04:13 PM
re: 756 The answer may be that roadies are naive idealists that believe in purity of sport? Us MTB riders won't hesitate to hack a new trail, cut through gates if needed, trespass on private land ducking the lumber company's buckshot, essentially do whatever it takes to get the thrill ;-)
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