Bonds puts reluctant Halsey in record books
The Oakland Athletics pitcher still found some humor in it.
What exactly do those specially marked baseballs for Bonds' at-bats look like?
"They just have a 'B' and a number on them, and a picture of Barry, too. If you look into his eye, he winks at you," Halsey said with a smile and a chuckle.
Halsey heard it all after Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on baseball's career home run list.
The A's left-hander became the 420th pitcher to allow a homer to Bonds, who ended a nine-game homerless drought with a solo shot in the second inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4-2, 10-inning victory.
Bonds sent a 1-1 offering -- a 90-mph fastball -- into the seats in right-center for his sixth homer this year.
"I know that it's a big deal for him. But for me, it's not who I am. It's another day at the ballpark," Halsey said. "I left a fastball over the middle of the plate and he punished me for it. As soon as the pitch left my hand I knew it was probably going to be bad news."
Halsey, acquired by the A's on March 26 in a trade with Arizona that sent Juan Cruz to the Diamondbacks, found himself in this situation as the fill-in for injured No. 2 starter Rich Harden. Halsey's teammates didn't know what to say afterward.
"They really haven't spoken to me," he said. "They mentioned I'll be the answer to a trivia question."
And the 25-year-old Halsey was ready to move on from this, well, memorable moment.
"Anytime you give up a home run you're upset about it," he said. "I appreciate the fact that Barry Bonds is a tremendously gifted baseball player. I'm one of 714. There's a lot of other guys, too."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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