While most San Francisco Giants fans root for Barry Bonds to hit a home run every game, the ones with tickets to the home opener at Pacific Bell Park probably spent their weekend wishing he would wait until Monday.
Those fans got their wish as Bonds returns home to face the Milwaukee Brewers with 659 career homers, just one away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list. Mays, who is Bonds’ godfather, has been mentoring Bonds since the death of Bonds’ father, Bobby, last August.
“I’d like to do it at home,” said Bonds, who was 2-for-10 with four walks during San Francisco’s weekend series against the San Diego Padres. “It’s going to come, no matter what. It’s just when.”
Once Bonds tops Mays’ mark, the Hall of Famer plans to present his godson with a torch decorated with 25 tiny diamonds, symbolic of the number the slugger wears. Both Bonds and Mays carried the torch before the 2002 Olympics.
New Giants catcher A.J. Pierzynski is also looking forward to the game, which is his first in front of San Francisco fans. Pierzynski, who was acquired in the offseason in a trade from Minnesota, is also looking forward to playing his home games outside of the Metrodome.
“The home opener’s always special,” Pierzynski said. “But going to a new place, a new park, being outside, it’s going to be a little extra special.”
Milwaukee is coming in after dropping two of three to the Houston Astros over the weekend, including a 7-4 setback on Sunday. Monday’s game opens a seven-game trip for the Brewers, who play 11 of their first 14 on the road.
Brewers second baseman Junior Spivey is coming off an outstanding game on Sunday as he went 4-for-4 with a franchise record-tying three doubles, two RBIs, a run scored and a walk. Spivey’s performance raised his batting average from .143 to .280.