Barry Bonds' 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction


Barry Bonds' 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

Barry Bonds holds baseball’s all-time home run record, with 762 of those bad boys being hit over the fence. So when he hit that 762nd homer, one could assume that ball would be worth a lot.

And it turns out, it just might be.

And, in this case, it's all about timing. 

When the historic ball first went up for auction in 2008, it sold for $376,612. Not bad. But now it's possibly worth about double. (!!!)

TMZ was told the ball could "fetch three-quarters of a million dollars by the time bidding ends."

Goldin Auctions is in charge of the ball, and their photos show it's still in pretty great shape, minus some rubbed dirt marks and an abrasion on the "stamped sweet spot." It's also complete with an affidavit of ownership from James Sutton, who gave the details of the September 2007 night he went to Coors Field to watch the Rockies host the Giants. 

"Although I initially bobbled my attempt to catch the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball, I was sole person that was immediately and ultimately able to grab onto, hold and possess the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball (hereinafter referred to as 'Catch' or 'Catching')," Sutton stated in the affidavit. "I was the first person to touch the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball after it left the bat of Barry Bonds."

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Sutton also stated in the affidavit that nobody besides himself has had possession of the ball.

Feeling lucky? Or have a ton of money? You have about 26 days left from the time this was written to place a bid on this piece of MLB history. The current minimum bid is $150,000.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th career game in win over Red Sox

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th career game in win over Red Sox

For weeks, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has downplayed the significance of reaching 2,000 wins. He has kept the focus on the day-to-day grind, but the milestone is one that means something to his players, and on Wednesday, they finally got Bochy over the hump. 

The Giants beat the Red Sox 11-3 to make Bochy the 11th manager in MLB history with 2,000 wins. It's an exclusive club and one that shares another common thread. Every manager with at least 2,000 wins is in the Hall of Fame

"It's obvious I've had so much support from everybody," Bochy told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez after the milestone win. "But it's a number that represents so many people. This is the players, they're part of it. The front office -- Brian Sabean. It's all of us, the coaching staff and the training staff. It's a number associated with me but it should be with everybody."

Bochy has long been a lock for Cooperstown, and it should be a while before anyone else threatens to crash the club. Cleveland's Terry Francona is next on the active wins list but still needs more than 300 to reach 2,000.

Bochy got there with the Giants' 74th win of this year, his final season as a manager. Earlier this year he reached 1,000 wins with the Giants, joining John McGraw as the only managers to pull that off. Bochy already had become the only manager in MLB history to win 900 games with two franchises, having won 951 in San Diego. 

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With their two wins in Boston, the Giants have a chance to check off two more boxes for Bochy. He doesn't talk about milestones, but he doesn't want to go out with a losing season, and the Giants are back within four games of .500 with 10 to play. Bochy also is now two games above .500 (1,049-1,047) as Giants manager as he approaches his final week in charge. 

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski catch first pitch from Carl at Fenway Park

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski catch first pitch from Carl at Fenway Park

A night after hitting a home run at the ballpark his grandfather once called home, Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski made another special memory at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old caught the ceremonial first pitch ahead of San Francisco's game with the Boston Red Sox from a very special pitcher: his grandfather, Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski.

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The elder Yastrzemski played 3,308 games in 23 seasons with the Red Sox, winning a Most Valuable Player award when he won the Triple Crown in 1967. The younger Yastrzemski made his MLB debut this season, and he hit his 20th home run of his first big league campaign Tuesday night at Fenway.

Mike called that feeling "special," but Wednesday's first pitch just might have topped it.