Homestand begins with Bonds 3 homers from passing Aaron
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants didn't need to save a seat for Bud Selig at AT&T Park on Monday night.
Bonds: Most HRs vs. opponent
If Barry Bonds homers against the Braves this week, Atlanta will become the eighth franchise that has allowed at least 40 homers to the slugger.
Bonds: Most HRs vs. pitcher
John Smoltz, Monday's scheduled starter for the Braves, has the dubious distinction -- along with four other pitchers -- of allowing the most home runs to Bonds.
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"With the group of guys we have and guys who have been around, I don't see it making a big change," right fielder Randy Winn said. "It's always fun to play in that kind of atmosphere."
Bochy said at the beginning of this trip that he no longer planned to play Bonds in day games following night games, but the seven-time MVP appeared in the Giants' victories both Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
"We'll see how the games go," Bochy said of the homestand. "I'll give him a day, but I don't know exactly when -- if not more [than one day]."
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Bochy knows he will disappoint the fans in the Giants' waterfront ballpark when he does choose to sit Bonds, who hit two home runs Thursday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on almost three full days' rest.
The Giants certainly want Bonds to become the new home run king at home, where he is beloved in spite of the steroids suspicions that surround him.
"It's hard to get more people in there than what we've had. They've been unbelievable as far as the support through our struggles," Bochy said. "But I'm sure it's going to create even more excitement. It's hard to beat what we have at our ballpark. Now that Barry's getting closer, you'll sense the excitement."
Bochy doesn't want to think about the possibility Bonds' chase might move into the club's next road trip: to Los Angeles and San Diego starting July 31.
"Sure, we'd like for it to happen on this homestand," Bochy said. "But we're not going to change things if it doesn't."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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