Delta Air Lines
has waded into the controversy over Barry Bonds' attack on Hank Aaron's home-run record.
On Monday, the carrier unveiled a Boeing 757 aircraft, dubbed the "Hank Aaron 755," to honor Aaron's lifetime home run total. The move comes a day after the San Francisco Giants slugger hit his 748th career home run.
The airplane features artwork describing Aaron's historic 715th home run, hit in 1974, that enabled the former Atlanta Braves star to surpass Babe Ruth's revered record. Aaron retired in 1976, and he is now a senior vice president of the team, of whom Atlanta-based Delta is the official airline.
Aaron joined Delta CFO Ed Bastian for the ceremony to show off the plane. "Baseball's all-time, home-run record is arguably the greatest record in sports, and Delta is thrilled to honor the man who holds it, Atlanta's own Hank Aaron,'' said Bastian in a prepared statement.
Earlier this month, Aaron said he wants nothing to do with Bond's quest for the home-run championship. "I don't have any thoughts about Barry. I don't even know how to spell his name," Aaron told reporters at a ceremony outside Milwaukee's Miller Park, at the spot where his 755th home run landed.
The Giants play four games with the Braves in San Francisco starting July 23, and three games in Atlanta starting Aug. 14. Aaron has said he won't attend any of Bonds' upcoming games.