A's pitcher Brad Halsey reacts after giving up the milestone home run to Barry Bonds.
What exactly do those specially marked baseballs for Bonds'
at-bats look like?
"They just have a 'B' and a number on them, and a picture of
Barry, too. If you look into his eye, he winks at you," Halsey
said with a smile and a chuckle.
Halsey heard it all after Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place
on baseball's career home run list.
The A's left-hander became the 420th pitcher to allow a homer to
Bonds, who ended a nine-game homerless drought with a solo shot in
the second inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4-2, 10-inning
Bonds sent a 1-1 offering -- a 90-mph fastball -- into the seats
in right-center for his sixth homer this year.
"I know that it's a big deal for him. But for me, it's not who
I am. It's another day at the ballpark," Halsey said. "I left a
fastball over the middle of the plate and he punished me for it. As
soon as the pitch left my hand I knew it was probably going to be
Halsey, acquired by the A's on March 26 in a trade with Arizona
that sent Juan Cruz to the Diamondbacks, found himself in this
situation as the fill-in for injured No. 2 starter Rich Harden.
Halsey's teammates didn't know what to say afterward.
"They really haven't spoken to me," he said. "They mentioned
I'll be the answer to a trivia question."
And the 25-year-old Halsey was ready to move on from this, well,
"Anytime you give up a home run you're upset about it," he
said. "I appreciate the fact that Barry Bonds is a tremendously
gifted baseball player. I'm one of 714. There's a lot of other