SAN DIEGO -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig headed home to
Milwaukee on Sunday and is likely to miss Barry Bonds' next three
Selig was at Petco Park when Bonds hit his 755th homer Saturday
night, tying Hank Aaron's record. Selig attended the start of
Sunday's game, when Bonds didn't play, then headed home.
In his absence, Major League Baseball will be represented at
AT&T Park by executive vice president Jimmie Lee Solomon for the
first two games of the homestand and then Hall of Famer Frank
Selig, close friends with Aaron, stood with his hands in his
pockets as Bonds' family and friends cheered during Saturday's home
"I didn't see it," Bonds said of the commissioner's reaction.
"I didn't read anything yet. I just got here."
Selig issued a statement after the game.
"No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding
this event, Mr. Bonds' achievement is noteworthy and remarkable,"
Selig said, adding that "all citizens in this country are innocent
until proven guilty."
The distance the commissioner's office has put between itself
and Bonds was clear at the news conference. Six years ago, when
Bonds tied Mark McGwire's season record with his 70th homer, the
background was MLB logos. On Saturday night, the backdrop was a
large Giants' symbol.