On Tuesday night, Barry Bonds’ dream was realized when he hit home run number 756 in right field at AT&T Park. Over 43,000 fans witnessed the home run live which prompted a fireworks explosion as a stunned Bonds circled the bases. He was met by his Giants teammates and 17-year-old son, Nikolai. Despite this milestone, Bonds, who is in his 23rd season in the major leagues, says he would like to continue to play next season and add to his homerun total.

Unfortunately, the celebration cannot come about without mentioning the controversy behind the record-breaking player. For the last ten years or so, he has been accused of knowingly using performance enhancers to aid in his homerun totals. In 2001, he hit 73 homeruns, 24 more than he’d ever hit in a season. He also has seven Most Valuable Player awards, more than any other player. Despite this, his future in baseball is uncertain, steroids or not. Because of his massive number of homeruns, pitchers walk him more than any other player. His defense has also declined, and he makes over $15 million per season.

When Bonds did break the record, a few important people were absent from the historical moment. One of these people was Bud Selig, the baseball commissioner. Though he was able to make it to the record-tying home run that Bonds hit last Saturday in San Diego, vice president Jimmie Lee Solomon was there in his place for the record breaker. Selig later congratulated Bonds over the phone and issued a public congratulatory statement afterwards. Also absent was 73-year-old Hank Aaron, the previous home run record breaker. He stated that he would be unable to make it to the ball park because of his age and his lack of a desire to travel.

Despite these two absences, there were thousands of live spectators not to mention those watching at home to take part in the celebration. Perhaps the happiest fan at the ballpark was 22-year-old Matt Murphy from Queens, New York. He was one of dozens of fans who scrambled for the home run ball when it settled into the right field stands. He emerged bloodied and his clothes stretched and torn, but he also had in his possession the specially marked ball which earned him an escort by San Francisco police officers into a secure room under the stadium. Murphy was dressed in a New York Mets jersey and cap and had been razzed by Giants fans as he and his friend entered the stadium. Bonds publicly stated that he does not want the ball and that Murphy can keep it. It is believed to be worth $400,000 to $500,000.

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