Mitts Ready, Fans Hope to Cash in on Record Homer

Ball from Bonds' 756th may fetch $500K
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 5:58 PM CDT
Fans heckle San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds during their baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 31, 2007. (AP Photo/ Francis Specker )   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds one homer away from Hank Aaron's record, fans are flocking to games less to watch the action than for a chance at reeling in a mighty valuable baseball. Homer No. 755 could sell for up to $50,000, the LA Times reports, and record-breaking No. 766 may be worth a half a million.

Even at Dodger Stadium, where boos traditionally rain down on Bonds, fans assume strategic positions in the right-field pavilion, armed with elaborate plans to snag the cowhide lottery ticket. Stadium security and an additional seven LAPD uniformed officers watched over the stands last night to calm the inevitable frenzy—but Bonds went 0-for-3 before yielding to a pinch-runner.