Bonds and godfather share spotlight

On April 12, 2004, Barry Bonds tied godfather, Willie Mays with his 660th home run, third on the all-time list.

Mays met Bonds on the field shortly after he finished rounding the bases with a hug and kiss. The Say Hey Kid presented his godson with an torch carried in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay. The torch was decorated with 25 diamonds, symbolizing the number Bonds wore on his back. Each of them carried a torch to light the 2002 Olympic games.

“It’s a great honor to do this today, in front of our hometown fans, to have Willie here,” Bonds said after posing for pictures with Mays. “I felt I was pushing myself a little bit with Willie with me, traveling. Willie kept telling me, ‘I’m OK, don’t worry about me.’ Willie is my mentor. As an athlete, to have someone like Willie Mays with you is amazing.”

Bonds faced Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Kinney in the fifth inning with two men on when he hit the 3-1 pitch into McCovey Cove. At the time, the players with more home runs were Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

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Bonds lifted the SanFransisco Giants to a 7-5 victory.

Currently, Bonds is first in all-time home runs with 762. The closest current player is Alex Rodriguez with 688.

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