Nevertheless, in typical Bonds form, he ignored public sentiment yesterday and blasted No. 748 - seven shy of Aaron's mark - before a crowd of 36,137 mostly disappointed Fenway Park fans during a 9-5 Red Sox victory.
When the shot touched down in the park's right field bullpen, there were rounds of cheers before a booming chorus of boos - almost as if fans caught themselves briefly becoming overcome by the historic nature of the moment.
It was Bonds' first and probably lone career home run at Fenway. Interleague play, implemented in 1997, has kept the career National Leaguer out of Boston's local baseball scene for good reason. Prior to this season, San Francisco and Boston were not deemed natural rivals, and thus, the Giants did not make the cross-country trip.
But the thought of making Boston - a city Bonds called racist in 2004 - part of this summer's hold-your-nose home run chase was too much for the baseball big-wigs to pass up.
So the massive slugger played three games under an intense round of boos, steroid chants and hand-held asterisk signs - really no different from many of the other road trips he'll make this summer.
He did nothing to assuage the feelings of the Fenway faithful afterward, praising the city, praising the ballpark, but avoided praising the Boston fan base.
"There were a lot of San Francisco Giants fans throughout the park," Bonds said, explaining the brief round of cheers following No. 748.
In responding to why the cheers switched to boos, Bonds answered, "How can I answer that question? What do you think?"
The truth is Bonds can't answer that question for the same reason the fans are booing. The slugger's cloudy past was documented with absolute certainty in "Game of Shadows," in which writers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams recount the performance-enhancing drugs history of a slugger who has gained no less than 50 pounds since his rookie season.
Others have used, for sure. But others have showed remorse.
Bonds has not.
Instead, he has pointed the finger back at the fans, media and baseball higher-ups, blaming all of us for making his life miserable.
Boston fans, who make no bones about being the best in baseball, wanted to teach Bonds a lesson this weekend. Each plate appearance, the thunderous boos rang down, but as the series progressed, the cries lost their fury.
The slugger all but mocked the Fenway faithful after the conclusion of the three-game set, standing before his locker and a swarm of local reporters.
"I'm an opposing player," he said. "That's the way the game is played. That's the way it is. When they come to our ballpark, they should get booed."
It is clear Bonds didn't get the message Boston fans set out to deliver. And they shouldn't have expected him to. If boos bothered Bonds, his career would've fizzled long ago.
Instead, he continues to disappoint crowds at opposing stadiums as his assault on baseball's record books is soon to be complete.
The broad-shouldered slugger looked pained yesterday as he stood before his locker, speaking quietly as he answered a short round of questions. After the brief session of back-and-forth with the media, he jumped on the first hint of silence like a hanging curveball.
"I gotta get out of here, guys," Bonds said as he turned his back and began preparing for the next road trip to Milwaukee.
The longtime slugger almost appeared to be suffering through his historic chase. For perhaps the first time in years, an entire nation can relate.
Dan Guttenplan is a sportswriter for Eagle-Tribune Publishing. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.