Reporter's Notebook: Still Waiting for Barry Bonds' Record-Breaking Home Run

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Published July 30, 2007

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A day after taking a game off to rest his legs, and likely his mind, Giants slugger Barry Bonds tossed whiffle balls underhand to kids. His hat on backwards and his wide smile undaunted by the hundreds of cameras, Bonds and other Giants took part in a ballgame for the children of the players.

At one point, a young kid swung and missed mightily four times. It was then Barry stopped, looked at the kid and said, "see all those cameras? Don't be like me, don't let them get you." On the next swing, the kid made solid contact and Barry doubled over with laughter.

As I stand behind home plate, clicks of the cameras and snap of the flashes echo through the stadium. Fans are just now filing in as batting practice has been canceled for both teams due to an early game. The youngsters hit and run around the makeshift diamond on the infield grass for about a half-hour, all the while, Bonds was still tossing and laughing.

Despite his apparent humor and good times, another night passes in San Francisco and another night with no record. Fans pack every seat and stand in every possible viewpoint. When the slugger comes to the plate the crowd rises and cheers and with every swing they react and cringe as he just misses a pitch.

The media is also on this pilgrimage. We follow his every step in batting practice and stand to watch every at-bat. Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig, is also here to see history with an asterisk as some have called it. So far 755 has been tough to catch and obviously 756 even tougher.

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Adam Housley joined FOX News Channel in 2001 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Most recently, Housley reported from President Ford's funeral. He also reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador on the war against drugs and scored an exclusive interview with Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega. You can read his full bio here.

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