Mark August 7, 2007 in the history books.... Barry Lamar Bonds has reached one of the most hollowed records in all of baseball by hitting his 756th home run Tuesday night at AT&T Park off of Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik in the 5th inning. Bacsik will now be remembered as the sidebar to the Bonds home run, just as Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers was to Henry Aaron when he hit number 714 on April 8, 1974 in the 4th inning to pass Babe Ruth.
As announced over the weekend, Commissioner Selig was not in attendance for the historic event, and in doing so, made a statement as to how Major League Baseball views Bonds, who is still under suspicion of using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Selig released the following statement just after Bonds' historic home run:
“I congratulate Barry Bonds for establishing a new, career home run record. Barry’s achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.
“After Barry came out of the game, I congratulated him by telephone and had MLB Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson – both of whom were at the game and witnessed the record-breaking home run – meet with him on my behalf. While the issues which have swirled around this record will continue to work themselves toward resolution, today is a day for congratulations on a truly remarkable achievement.”
Donald Fehr, Executive Director of the MLB Players Association said in a statement:
"For more than two decades, Barry Bonds has been one of the Game's most dominant players. This is truly one of those moments that all fans will remember."
We are tremendously proud that 580 of Barry's career home runs -- including the record-breaking 756th -- were hit in a Giants uniform. For 125 years, the Giants franchise has been home to many Hall of Fame players and wonderful achievements; this evening will be forever remembered as one of the greatest moments in Club history.
How history will view the record breaking home run will be the topic of discussion for years — perhaps decades — to come. But, for now, Bonds is the home run king, controversy or not, and history has been made.