MILWAUKEE -- The Curse of the Bambino might have found its
next victim: Barry Bonds.
Bonds, only two home runs away from tying Babe Ruth's career
mark of 714, was left in a temporary daze after getting bonked in
the forehead by a ball during batting practice before San Francisco
played Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Bonds was struck less than an hour after he said he didn't think
passing Ruth for No. 2 on all-time homer list would be that big a
Bad idea, Barry.
"It's Hank Aaron's record," Bonds said. "And I will always
live by, it's Hank Aaron's record."
Could Bonds have inadvertently riled up the same curse that kept
the Boston Red Sox from glory all those years?
Giants spokesman Matt Hodson said Bonds was deemed to be OK
after being examined by Darin Rutherford, a local doctor hired by
the team to assist its training staff, and was still in the lineup
for the game.
Bonds was leaning against the batting cage when Giants infielder
Kevin Frandsen hit a ball into the netting that struck the San
Francisco slugger. Bonds yelped, then let out an expletive.
Bonds appeared to be stunned immediately after being struck,
then laid down on the ground for several minutes while being
attended to by the team's medical staff. He got back up, went to
the clubhouse for an examination, then took his regular turn in the
Escorted by security, Bonds went back into the clubhouse after