Bud Selig is joining the Barry Bonds chase after all.
For a few days, anyway.
The baseball commissioner announced Tuesday he was going to San Francisco to watch Bonds' pursuit of Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755 home runs. Selig was present at AT&T Park as Bonds went 1-for-4 against Tim Hudson, getting a single though the game was not over at press time. Hudson went 82/3 innings, giving up six hits and three walks.
But, if it takes Bonds until the weekend to become the all-time home run king, Selig will not be in attendance. Selig is committed to be in Cooperstown, N.Y., for Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
"As you know, I have to be in Cooperstown this weekend," Selig said Tuesday before boarding his private jet in Milwaukee to make the trip to San Francisco. "I decided I might as well go and see as many games as I can."
The Giants opened a seven-game homestand Monday against the Braves. After the four-game series with the Braves, Florida comes in for three games.
Later in the day, Selig released a statement announcing his intention to watch Bonds' pursuit of Aaron over the next few days:
"Throughout this season, I have watched Barry Bonds' pursuit of the home run record. Now that he is on the verge of tying the record, the time has come to announce that I will make every attempt to attend the record-setting moment.
"Out of respect for the tradition of this game, the magnitude of the record, and the fact that all citizens in this country are innocent until proven guilty, I will attend Barry Bonds' next games to observe his potential tying and breaking of the home run record, subject to my commitments to the Hall of Fame this weekend. I will make an additional statement when the record is tied."
Selig's choice to include the "innocent until proven guilty" phrase provided further proof that he is monitoring the grand jury investigation into possible perjury charges against Bonds for his testimony in the BALCO steroids case in 2003. That grand jury recently was extended another six months, which means Bonds could be indicted.
Bonds told the grand jury that he unknowingly used substances that contained the banned muscle builders, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2004.
Bonds, who turned 43 Tuesday, has hit two home runs since the All-Star break, both against the Cubs on Thursday.
Selig attended all three games between the Brewers and Giants last weekend at Miller Park.