Barry Bonds hit his 755th career home run tonight in San Diego, tying all-time leader Henry Aaron with a 382-foot clout off instant historical footnote Clay Hensley. Camera flashes sparkled and the fans rose to their feet as the 43-year-old slugger circled the bases and then hugged his son Nikolai, a Giants batboy, after crossing the plate.
Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand for the second-inning milestone, which came after an 8-day drought. Most fans at Petco Park cheered, while some booed and held up signs bearing asterisks. One fan in the bleachers in left center threw a ball onto the field, the AP reports, but whether it was a valuable keepsake or a decoy wasn't clear.