San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds continues to add milestones to his already impressive resume.
A day after setting yet another major league record, Bonds looks to stay hot at the plate as the Giants continue their three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Bonds became the first major leaguer to hit 30 homers in 13 consecutive seasons in the Giants’ 8-7 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. Jimmie Foxx is the only other player to hit 30 in 12 straight seasons, doing it from 1929-40.
Bonds, whose homer came in the seventh inning, is just the second player to hit 30 homers in 14 seasons. Hank Aaron reached that plataeu in 15 seasons.
“He’s possibly the best player that ever played,” Pittsburgh’s Jack Wilson said. “He’s got that perfect home-run swing, and you don’t get surprised by anything that guy does.”
Bonds, whose 688 career home runs trails only Babe Ruth (714) and Aaron (755), also became the seventh player in major league history to reach base 5,000 times when he walked in the first inning.
Bonds started his major league career with Pittsburgh in 1986 and had his first 30-home run season for the Pirates in 1990. He left for San Francisco as a free agent after the 1992 season and has been booed in Pittsburgh ever since.
However, Bonds said before Tuesday’s game that he has always felt comfortable in Pittsburgh.
“I think the fans have always embraced me here in Pittsburgh, always,” he said. “I don’t ever remember having any bad times here in Pittsburgh.”
Bonds also made it clear that he hopes to end his career in San Francisco.
“Hopefully, it’s San Francisco, big time, because that’s my history. That’s my father (Bobby Bonds), my godfather (Willie Mays), every friend in the world I grew up with is there.”