Barry Bonds became MLB's all-time home run king when he hit his 756th career round-tripper on Aug. 7, 2007, taking Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals deep to right-center field at AT&T Park.
He eclipsed Hank Aaron's MLB record of 755 career home runs, which the Hall-of-Famer held for 33 years. Aaron did not attend the record-breaking game, and the reason was revealed on Monday.
"When he approached my record, somebody wanted to pay me a lot of money to go and sit at the game," Aaron told Newsday. "I said, 'No, that's crazy. This is Barry Bonds' time for him and his family to enjoy and that's what needs to happen.'"
Aaron did deliver a brief video message that played on the AT&T Park scoreboard during the pause in game action that followed the historic blast. The message congratulated Bonds on breaking the all-time record and expressed his hope that "the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams."
Then-commissioner Bud Selig also was not in attendance to watch Bonds break the record. Selig is personally close to Aaron and previously hinted that the Hall-of-Famer is MLB's home run king, but he cleared the air while visiting AT&T Park in September of 2014 as part of his farewell tour.
"Barry Bonds set the record," Selig said. "That’s the way it is."
In addition to his comments on Bonds, Aaron told Newsday that he is rooting for Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, the 39-year-old who is returning from a year-long drug suspension and needs 101 home runs to tie Aaron's home run mark and 109 home runs to eclipse Bonds and set the all-time record.