San Francisco: Barry Bonds has gotten his No. 25 jersey retired by the San Francisco Giants, 11 years after he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in his 22nd and final major league season.
The Giants held a ceremony at AT&T Park on Saturday night before a game against his other team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bonds became the 10th Giants player in franchise history to have his number retired. He finished with 762 career home runs.
The seven-time NL MVP was greeted with a rousing ovation and fans chanted his name. The 54-year-old Bonds waved, clapped his hands and raised both arms to acknowledge the cheers.
Giants great Willie Mays was on hand. He is Bonds’ godfather, and he called for Bonds to get into the Hall of Famers. Giants Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry also took part in the festivities.
Former managers Jim Leyland and Dusty Baker and current Giants skipper Bruce Bochy were at the park. So were Bonds’ mother and his three children.