San Jose Mercury News (MCT)
Barry Bonds follows through on his swing for his
record-setting 756th home run in the fifth inning
against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park.
(Paul Kitagaki Jr/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
The historical merits of Bonds' achievement might be viewed in a different light a year, a decade or a generation from now. But for an instant, and the 10-minute celebration that followed, there was no division or indifference — not from the crowd of 43,154 or from those in uniform. There was only an outpouring of adoration, applause and respect for a hometown hero, who followed his father into a San Francisco Giants uniform and literally led a franchise out of the cold.