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La Jolla resident catches Barry Bonds' record-tying ball

Call it serendipity.

Adam Hughes, a 33-year-old native of Colorado who is a plumber and lives in the Village of La Jolla, came up with the 755th home run whacked by Barry Bonds last weekend at San Diego Petco Park that tied Henry "Hank" Aaron's all-time career record.

Hughes, who's never come away with a baseball at a major league game before, was stunned by his good fortune. "I didn't in a million years think that would happen," he said. "How can you prepare for anything like that?"

The record-setting homer came early, the second inning, of what turned out to be a 12-inning game.

A Padres and a Colorado Rockies fan, Hughes only...