Fans, collectors and Bonds ready for historic homer

By: By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer
By: By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

August 7, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds cooperated with Cy Philbrick and Will McGuire.

When the two Bonds fans set off from Connecticut on a cross country journey, they hoped to time their arrival in San Francisco with the slugger's record-breaking home run.

So the two were quite pleased when Bonds went into Monday night's game against the Washington Nationals needing just one home run to break Hank Aaron's mark of 755. They picked up a free raft on Craigslist and set out into McCovey Cove, hoping to catch the historic ball.

"We are actually Bonds fans, unlike the rest of the United States," McGuire said.

The chase for the record returned to San Francisco where the sold-out stadium was filled with the fans who love Bonds most. After hitting the record-tying shot Saturday night in San Diego and taking off Sunday, Bonds headed home needing only one more big swing.

He didn't deliver, going 0-for-3 with a walk against rookie John Lannan. Bonds will get his next chance Tuesday night when Mike Bacsik starts -- Bonds is 0-for-2 with a walk lifetime against the lefty.

Bonds' godfather, Willie Mays, was in attendance and talked with Bonds in the clubhouse. The fans in the stands, McCovey Cove, nearby bars and throughout the city were excited.

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