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Bonds' 661st homer caps win04/14/2004 12:26 AM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't worry if Barry Bonds -- already a Giants immortal and future Hall of Famer -- steals some of fellow outfielder Marquis Grissom's thunder, just as he did Tuesday night. Grissom's two home runs sealed the Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. But all the talk and postgame chatter revolved around Bonds' mammoth 661st homer that probably startled some Nemo-like fish as it sunk briefly into the dark, cold waters of McCovey Cove 468 feet away from the crack of that historic bat. It was a long-distance shot, a run-out-of-tape measure blow, out of sight but not out of everyone's minds. Even Grissom loved watching the ball take wing. "I hope he stays healthy and catches Babe Ruth," said the veteran. "I don't see much stopping him except himself." The 39-year-old Bonds moved into sole possession of third place on baseball's all-time homer list, passing the legendary Willie Mays' 660-homer milestone that has stood since 1973. Amazingly, the blow was like an instant replay of Monday's historic No. 660, as the ball again was nabbed by the same kayaking fan, Larry Ellison, who this time slid into the cool waters to retrieve the now-famous home run ball. It also gave San Francisco an important edge in its victory over the Brewers before a sellout crowd of 42,040, helping the Giants to their third straight win heading into Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. PT contest at SBC Park. Onward and upward goes Bonds as he now eyes Babe Ruth's 714 career number and Hank Aaron's record 755 homers. And Grissom? He isn't chasing any home run milestone like his buddy Bonds and says he only wants to hit as many as he can and help win games. But guess what -- the 36-year-old Grissom almost, but not quite, stole the spotlight from the Giants' slugging star by cracking a pair of homers and driving in three runs. Grissom boosted his lifetime total to 206, which ties him for 233rd place on baseball's all-time list with San Francisco manager Felipe Alou, and one behind Kirby Puckett and Richie Zisk.
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