“He’s incredible,” said Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ All-Star closer. “He’s probably going to break Barry Bonds’s record. He might do it in two years if he keeps hitting two every game.”
It was hard to tell which home run record Jansen meant — 73 in a season or 762 in a career — but Bellinger shattered his family’s home run record more than two weeks ago, when he connected against the Cincinnati Reds for his 13th, which came in his 154th career at-bat. Clay hit 12 in 311 career at-bats.
“We were at the house watching,” Clay Bellinger said. “I think my wife said something first: ‘You know, he passed you now!’ I was hoping he was going to, you know what I mean? Maybe not so fast.…”
Clay Bellinger spoke late Sunday afternoon in the stands behind home plate at Dodger Stadium, having watched from the front row as more than 40,000 fans chanted his son’s first name. He has heard such cheering for himself, if not by name, then for his greatest career moment: his catch at the top of the left-field wall in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, to steal a possible homer by the Mets’ Todd Zeile in the ninth…