I did not have a chance to see the entire Oriole game, so I rushed home to see the highlights. Needless to say, I missed those, too, so I started channel surfing.
Since I have the MLB package, my surfing began there. I immediately turned to channel 771 to watch some of the Red Sox/Mariners game. While that was on, I hit the “GUIDE” button on my Comcast Digital Remote and began to stroll down. I noticed the Giants were on, and that the game had not been on that long. “I wonder if Bonds has batted, yet.”
When I flipped the channel to 778, you guessed it, Barry Bonds was walking to the plate. Bonds took the first pitch from Clay Hensley on the inside corner for a strike. The next two pitches were outside for ball one and ball two. At that time, I’m thinking, “Here’s another walk for Bonds.”
That was not to be. Hensley was actually doing what a Major League Pitcher should do, try to get a batter out. He attempted that on the fourth pitch, and Bonds made contact. Then he stood at home plate and watched it sail over the left field wall for homerun number 755.
I don’t care what any of you say, it was very exciting to me. Funny thing happened too. The Padre faithful that was “booing” him during the entire at bat, stood to their feet and cheered him as he circled the bases. To top it all off, they gave him a standing ovation as he jogged out to left field.
On Saturday, August 4, 2007, Alex Rodriquez hit number 500 and Bonds hit number 755. This will be a great day in baseball history, one day. Bonds leads off in this game in the fourth. I’ll write about number 756 if he hits it then.
By the way, Commissioner Bud Selig is in attendance tonight.