All 74 of Barry Bonds's playoff plate appearances in 2002

Jed Jacobsohn

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times asked a couple pitchers from the 2002 Angels if David Ortiz should get the Barry Bonds treatment. Because the two are clearly analogous. One player had the greatest four-year stretch in baseball history, and the other was really good this year. Basically the same thing.

I wrote about that here if you're interested. But the story also made me think of 2002 Barry Bonds, which is always fun. In 74 plate appearances that postseason, Bonds reached base 43 times. He had eight homers, scored 18 runs, and drove in 16. He hit .356, even though his BABIP was .242. His OBP was .581 and he slugged .978.

So it felt important to look at every plate appearance that post season and make a list, sans commentary. Here goes nothing:

1. Game 1, NLDS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Grounder to second

2. Game 1, NLDS, 3rd inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 3-2
Single

3. Game 1, NLDS, 4th inning, runners at first and second, two outs, Giants leading 6-2
Fly ball to center

4. Game 1, NLDS, 6th inning, runner at second, two outs, Giants leading 6-2
Intentional walk

5. Game 1, NLDS, 8th inning, bases empty, one out, Giants leading 8-2
Fly ball to center

6. Game 2, NLDS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, Braves leading 1-0
Strikeout swinging

7. Game 2, NLDS, 4th inning, bases empty, two outs, Braves leading 4-1
Foul pop

8. Game 2, NLDS, 7th inning, bases empty, no outs, Braves leading 7-2
Fly ball to left

9. Game 2, NLDS, 9th inning, bases empty, no outs, Braves leading 7-2
Home run

10. Game 3, NLDS, 1st inning, runner on second, one out, Giants leading 1-0
Intentional walk

11. Game 3, NLDS, 3rd inning, runners on first and second, two outs, 1-1
Grounder to short

12. Game 3, NLDS, 6th inning, bases empty, two outs, Braves leading 6-1
Home run

13. Game 3, NLDS, 9th inning, bases empty, one out, Braves leading 10-2
Grounder to second

14. Game 4, NLDS, 1st inning, bases loaded, no outs, 0-0
Sacrifice fly

15. Game 4, NLDS, 2nd inning, runners on first and third, two outs, Giants leading 3-0
Intentional walk

16. Game 4, NLDS, 3rd inning, runner on first, two outs, Giants leading 7-0
Fly ball to left

17. Game 4, NLDS, 5th inning, runners on first and second, one out, Giants leading 7-1
Fly ball to left

18. Game 4, NLDS, 8th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 8-3
Grounder to second

19. Game 5, NLDS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Single to left

20. Game 5, NLDS, 4th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 1-0
Home run

21. Game 5, NLDS, 6th inning, runner on first, one out, Giants leading 2-0
Fly ball to center

22. Game 5, NLDS, 8th inning, bases empty, one out, Giants leading 3-1
Walk

23. Game 1, NLCS, 1st inning, runner on third, two outs, 0-0
Walk

24. Game 1, NLCS, 2nd inning, runners on first and second, two outs, Giants leading 2-0
Triple

25. Game 1, NLCS, 4th inning, runner on first, no outs, Giants leading 6-1
Walk

26. Game 1, NLCS, 6th inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 7-3
Walk

27. Game 1, NLCS, 9th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 9-6
Grounder to second

28. Game 2, NLCS, 1st inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 1-0
Liner to right

29. Game 2, NLCS, 3rd inning, runner on first, two outs, Giants leading 1-0
Strikeout swinging

30. Game 2, NLCS, 6th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 3-0
Walk

31. Game 2, NLCS, 8th inning, runner on first, one out, Giants leading 3-0
Strikeout swinging

32. Game 3, NLCS, 1st inning, runner on second, two outs, 0-0
Walk

33. Game 3, NLCS, 2nd inning, bases loaded, two outs, 0-0
Fly ball to right

34. Game 3, NLCS, 5th inning, runners on first and second, no outs, Cardinals leading 4-1
Home run


35. Game 3, NLCS, 7th inning, runner on second, one out, Cardinals leading 5-4
Intentional walk

36. Game 3, NLCS, 9th inning, bases empty, one out, Cardinals leading 5-4
Walk

37. Game 4, NLCS, 1st inning, runner on first, two outs, Cardinals leading 2-0
Single

38. Game 4, NLCS, 4th inning, bases empty, one out, Cardinals leading 2-0
Grounder to second

39. Game 4, NLCS, 6th inning, runner on first, one out, Cardinals leading 2-0
Walk

40. Game 4, NLCS, 8th inning, bases empty, two outs, 2-2
Intentional walk

41. Game 5, NLCS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Liner to left

42. Game 5, NLCS, 4th inning, runner on third, two outs, 0-0
Liner to left

43. Game 5, NLCS, 6th inning, runner on second, two outs, 0-0
Intentional walk

44. Game 5, NLCS, 8th inning, bases loaded, one out, Cardinals leading 1-0
Sacrifice fly

45. Game 1, WS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Home run

46. Game 1, WS, 4th inning, bases empty, one out, Giants leading 2-1
Strikeout swinging

47. Game 1, WS, 6th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 2-1
Grounder to first

48. Game 1, WS, 8th inning, bases empty, one out, Giants leading 2-1
Walk

49. Game 2, WS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, Angels leading 5-0
Walk

50. Game 2, WS, 3rd inning, bases empty, no outs, Angels leading 7-5
Walk

51. Game 2, WS, 5th inning, runner on second, one out, Angels leading 7-5
Intentional walk

52. Game 2, WS, 6th inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 9-8
Grounder to first

53. Game 2, WS, 9th inning, bases empty, two outs, Angels leading 11-9
Home run

54. Game 3, WS, 1st inning, runners on first and third, one out, 0-0
Intentional walk

55. Game 3, WS, 3rd inning, runner on first, one out, Angels leading 4-1
Strikeout swinging

56. Game 3, WS, 5th inning, runner on first, one out, Angels leading 8-2
Home run

57. Game 3, WS, 7th inning, bases empty, two outs, Angels leading 9-4
Walk

58. Game 4, WS, 1st inning, runners on first and third, one out, 0-0
Intentional walk

59. Game 4, WS, 3rd inning, runners on second and third, one out, Angels leading 3-0
Intentional walk

60. Game 4, WS, 5th inning, runner on second, one out, Angels leading 3-2
Intentional walk

61. Game 4, WS, 7th inning, bases empty, one out, 3-3
Grounder to first

62. Game 5, WS, 1st inning, runners on first and second, one out, 0-0
Double

63. Game 5, WS, 2nd inning, runners on second and third, one out, Giants leading 3-0
Intentional walk

64. Game 5, WS, 4th inning, bases empty, one out, Giants leading 6-0
Fly ball to left

65. Game 5, WS, 6th inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 8-4
Double

66. Game 5, WS, 7th inning, bases empty, two outs, Giants leading 12-4
Single

67. Game 6, WS, 1st inning, runner on first, two outs, 0-0
Intentional walk

68. Game 6, WS, 4th inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Walk

69. Game 6, WS, 6th inning, bases empty, no outs, Giants leading 3-0
Home run


70. Game 6, WS, 7th inning, runner on first, two outs, Giants leading 5-0 :(
Strikeout swinging

71. Game 7, WS, 2nd inning, bases empty, no outs, 0-0
Liner to short

72. Game 7, WS, 4th inning, bases empty, one out, Angels leading 4-1
Single

73. Game 7, WS, 6th inning, bases empty, one out, Angels leading 4-1
Pop fly to short

74. Game 7, WS, 8th inning, bases empty, two outs, Angels leading 4-1
Walk

Phew. It might not have been the most dominating playoff performance I've ever seen …

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... but that's only because no one would pitch to Bonds. He started slowly, too. Check out the intentional-walk situations, too. There were a couple that pushed runners into scoring position in tie games. In the eighth inning of NLCS Game 4, the Cardinals walked him intentionally in a tie game. We'll never see anything like that again.

There you go. For no good reason, there are all 74 Barry Bonds plate appearances in the 2002 postseason. When I had this idea, I would have guessed he had about 40 plate appearances. But, uh, no, 74. And a majority of them ended with a good result. It was a serious exorcism for a guy who was known for his playoff struggles.

Miss that guy.

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