Hey, Hammerin' Hank, here comes Barry Bonds.
Bonds hit his 754th career home run Friday night, moving within one of tying Hank Aaron's record. The game was not complete at press time; for the results of Bonds' other at-bats, go to tampabay.com.
Bonds sent a 2-and-1 pitch from rookie Rick Vanden Hurk over the wall in left-center in the first for a solo shot against the Marlins, his 20th homer this season.
Commissioner Bud Selig wasn't present, sending MLB president Bob DuPuy. Selig was in Milwaukee, preparing for Sunday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. Selig is scheduled to be in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when the Giants open a series against the Dodgers.
Bonds, 43, got two pitches out of the strike zone - with boos raining down on Vanden Hurk - before a called first strike. Then, the 96-mph fastball was gone.
Bonds stood and watched his ball sail, then began another trot and clenched his fist - hitting his latest homer in the Giants' waterfront ballpark where he's hoping to make history.
Fans, already on their feet, screamed in delight as the ball was clearly a home run - Bonds' first at home since he connected for No. 750 on June 29 against Arizona's Livan Hernandez. They chanted "Barry! Barry!" as he rounded the bases.
The fan who retrieved No. 754 was Eric Stormer, 38, a general contractor and season ticketholder from nearby Martinez.
In his first chances to tie Aaron, Bonds walked in the third, fifth and sixth innings - running his major-league-leading walk total for this season to 103.
Bonds had gone homerless in five games and 18 at-bats since hitting two against the Cubs on July 19 at Wrigley Field.
The slugger went out to his spot in leftfield in the top of the second with fans pounding the outfield fence. He acknowledged them with a wave of his cap.