Someone stole Barry Bonds' home run champion plaque from AT&T Park

Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president. (Denis Poroy/AP file photo)

I've never seen Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run. I didn't watch it live. I avoided replays. When I happen to be watching ESPN or the MLB Network or whatever the hell and a highlight montage begins, I avert my eyes if I see Bonds standing at the plate. I've never watched Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run.

This is because I don't want to admit that we're living in a world in which Barry Bonds eclipsed Hank Aaron's career home run mark. This sentiment is, apparently, echoed by an individual or group of individuals who swiped the commemorative plaque that marked the occasion of Bonds' 756th homer. The plaque used to be on AT&T Park's right field wall.

The plaque was originally unveiled at the stadium a few years ago, after Barry smacked his 756th* dinger while playing for the SF Giants.

But a rep for the team says it went missing last night -- explaining, "We're not sure what happened. We're reviewing video, but haven't found anything yet.''

The Barry Bonds plaque theives are the heroes baseball deserves, but not the ones it needs right now. So we'll hunt them because they can take it. Because they're not heroes. They're silent guardians. Watchful protectors. Dark knights. [TMZ]