Remembering Barry Bonds against the Padres

Jed Jacobsohn

You have already made it through one Giants/Padres series this year. Congratulations. But after this series, the Giants …

  • host the Padres once in June
  • go to San Diego once in July
  • go to San Diego once in September
  • finish the season against the Padres at AT&T

That's … reasonable. I looked over the schedule six times to make sure there wasn't a storth of Augtember series that wasn't visible to muggle eyes yet. After this series, there are only four more Padres series to go. That's amazing. And reasonable.

Still doesn't mean that I want to write a series preview for the Padres a week after the last one! Luckily, I'm in a Play Index mood lately, so I can just dick around on Baseball Reference for an hour instead of write a proper series preview. That "luckily" was for me, not for you. But without the Play Index tomfoolery, would you get trivia questions like this?

Which Giant has the highest career OPS if you don't set a minimum for plate appearances?

There are 19 players ahead of Barry Bonds, in case you were wondering. Terrell Lowery had a higher career OPS with the Giants than Bonds did, but now we're off track. The answer to the trivia question is at the bottom of this post.

But Bonds has been on my mind today, mostly because I looked at the players who killed specific teams, and I was somewhat shocked that Bonds didn't show up as the top Padres killer. That honor went to Mark McGwire, who had a 1.461 OPS against the Padres, which crushed Bonds's second-place 1.153 mark.

Of course, McGwire had 136 plate appearances against the Padres in his career. Bonds had 1,148. Which is amazing. Bonds had over a season-and-a-half's worth of plate appearances against the Padres over his career. That is just a ton of harassment. I remember listening to a Giants/Padres game on the radio with a Padres fan back in '97 or '98, and seeing the resignation on his face when Bonds came up in a key spot. It was kind of deflating; I felt bad for the guy. Isn't this all supposed to be fun? Why do you follow baseball if it makes you feel like this? And then Bonds hit a homer. My friend didn't even react.

It was hilarious. And here we are, complaining about Paul Goldschmidt like a bunch of spoiled brats.

So in the spirit of a) being annoying and b) looking for pre-Padres good-luck charms, here is the list of every home run Bonds hit against the Padres as a member of the Giants:

#car Date Pitcher Score Inn RoB Pit(cnt) RBI WPA bWE Notes
185 1993-05-15 Kerry Taylor tied 0-0 t 6 1-- 2 0.261 76%
208 1993-08-03 Doug Brocail ahead 1-0 t 4 --- 2,(1-0) 1 0.112 71%
209 1993-08-04 Tim Worrell ahead 1-0 t 4 --- 2,(0-1) 1 0.107 73%
217 1993-09-24 Scott Sanders behind 0-1 b 4 1-- 5,(3-1) 2 0.269 65%
218 1993-09-25 Andy Ashby tied 0-0 b 2 --- 4,(3-0) 1 0.113 64%
219 1993-09-25 Andy Ashby ahead 1-0 b 4 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.113 77%
220 1993-09-26 Doug Brocail behind 0-1 b 4 1-- 4,(1-2) 2 0.220 69%
235 1994-05-25 Andy Ashby ahead 4-1 t 5 --- 2,(1-0) 1 0.060 90%
236 1994-06-11 Andy Ashby behind 0-2 b 2 --- 1 0.104 41%
260 1995-05-04 Scott Sanders behind 0-1 t 6 1-- 2,(1-0) 2 0.265 66%
271 1995-06-30 Joey Hamilton tied 0-0 b 1 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.105 62%
272 1995-06-30 Trevor Hoffman behind 4-6 b 9 12- 2,(0-1) 3 0.804 100% Walk-Off
291 1995-09-27 Doug Bochtler behind 1-4 b 8 --- 5,(3-1) 1 0.048 9%
302 1996-04-30 Bob Tewksbury behind 2-4 t 5 123 2,(1-0) 4 0.285 76%
303 1996-04-30 Bob Tewksbury ahead 6-4 t 6 -2- 1,(0-0) 2 0.137 91%
304 1996-05-01 Fernando Valenzuela behind 1-2 t 3 1-- 5,(2-2) 2 0.224 58%
313 1996-06-29 Joey Hamilton ahead 2-0 b 1 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.079 79%
332 1996-09-16 Scott Sanders tied 0-0 b 2 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.107 66%
333 1996-09-17 Dario Veras tied 7-7 b 8 1-- 6,(3-2) 2 0.271 94%
351 1997-06-24 Danny Jackson ahead 3-1 b 3 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.075 84%
356 1997-07-15 Andy Ashby behind 0-1 t 4 --- 1 0.130 50%
357 1997-07-15 Andy Ashby behind 1-2 t 6 1-- 2 0.307 64%
370 1997-09-19 Joey Hamilton tied 0-0 t 6 1-- 6,(3-2) 2 0.237 79%
371 1997-09-21 Sterling Hitchcock behind 0-2 t 4 --- 6,(3-2) 1 0.107 34% IPHR
372 1997-09-22 Will Cunnane ahead 10-5 t 9 --- 4,(1-2) 1 0.003 100%
374 1997-09-26 Todd Erdos ahead 14-2 b 6 1-- 1,(0-0) 2 0.000 100%
376 1998-04-14 Mark Langston behind 4-7 b 5 1-- 5,(2-2) 2 0.183 41%
389 1998-06-12 Sterling Hitchcock ahead 1-0 t 5 1-- 3,(1-1) 2 0.188 84%
413 1999-04-08 Stan Spencer ahead 5-2 b 4 -2- 3,(1-1) 2 0.057 95%
443 1999-09-18 Sterling Hitchcock tied 0-0 t 1 --- 3,(0-2) 1 0.101 56%
476 2000-07-19 Brian Meadows behind 0-3 b 4 12- 1,(0-0) 3 0.234 56% video
489 2000-09-07 Matt Clement tied 0-0 b 3 --3 2,(1-0) 2 0.140 75%
495 2001-04-02 Woody Williams ahead 1-0 b 5 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.113 80%
496 2001-04-12 Adam Eaton tied 0-0 t 4 --- 2,(1-0) 1 0.134 61%
524 2001-06-04 Bobby Jones ahead 2-0 b 4 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.075 87%
525 2001-06-05 Wascar Serrano behind 1-4 b 3 1-- 3,(1-1) 2 0.174 40%
526 2001-06-07 Brian Lawrence behind 4-10 b 7 1-- 3,(1-1) 2 0.027 4%
531 2001-06-19 Adam Eaton ahead 1-0 t 5 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.123 74%
532 2001-06-20 Rodney Myers ahead 5-3 t 8 1-- 4,(2-1) 2 0.079 97%
559 2001-09-23 Jason Middlebrook ahead 3-0 t 2 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.070 84%
560 2001-09-23 Jason Middlebrook ahead 6-1 t 4 --- 3,(2-0) 1 0.030 95%
562 2001-09-28 Jason Middlebrook ahead 3-0 b 2 --- 4,(3-0) 1 0.062 87%
563 2001-09-29 Chuck McElroy tied 1-1 b 6 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.170 74% video
572 2002-04-05 Alan Embree tied 1-1 b 10 1-- 2,(0-1) 2 0.294 100% Walk-Off
575 2002-04-17 Kevin Jarvis tied 0-0 t 1 --- 5,(2-2) 1 0.110 57%
587 2002-06-05 Dennis Tankersley behind 0-1 t 3 123 1,(0-0) 4 0.385 80%
590 2002-06-24 Jeremy Fikac behind 3-6 t 7 12- 6,(3-2) 3 0.324 46%
591 2002-06-24 Trevor Hoffman tied 6-6 t 9 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.392 84%
592 2002-06-25 Kevin Pickford behind 0-5 t 3 12- 1,(0-0) 3 0.145 25%
612 2002-09-24 Mike Bynum ahead 10-3 b 7 -2- 3,(1-1) 2 0.002 100%
614 2003-04-01 Mike Bynum ahead 4-0 t 8 12- 4,(2-1) 3 0.023 100%
616 2003-04-08 Jake Peavy behind 1-3 b 3 --- 3,(2-0) 1 0.108 39%
638 2003-07-04 Jake Peavy ahead 5-4 t 4 1-- 5,(2-2) 2 0.201 81%
655 2003-09-15 Brian Lawrence ahead 1-0 b 1 --- 2,(0-1) 1 0.093 71%
656 2003-09-16 Adam Eaton ahead 3-0 b 5 --- 2,(0-1) 1 0.047 93%
666 2004-04-19 David Wells ahead 3-0 b 3 --- 2,(0-1) 1 0.061 88%
667 2004-04-20 Brian Lawrence behind 0-6 b 4 1-- 3,(2-0) 2 0.069 15%
684 2004-07-29 Ismael Valdez tied 1-1 t 4 1-- 2,(1-0) 2 0.199 74%
700 2004-09-17 Jake Peavy ahead 3-0 b 3 --- 2,(0-1) 1 0.055 89% video
701 2004-09-18 David Wells tied 0-0 b 2 --- 1,(0-0) 1 0.103 66% video
708 2005-09-27 Adam Eaton tied 0-0 t 1 1-3 2,(1-0) 3 0.198 77%
712 2006-05-02 Scott Linebrink behind 2-5 b 8 --- 8,(3-2) 1 0.052 10%
722 2006-07-20 Brian Sweeney ahead 5-0 b 8 1-- 5,(3-1) 2 0.004 100%
724 2006-08-16 Chan Ho Park behind 0-1 t 2 --- 6,(3-2) 1 0.107 50%
731 2006-09-09 David Wells tied 0-0 b 1 1-- 3,(1-1) 2 0.178 70%
735 2007-04-04 Chris Young tied 0-0 b 1 --- 6,(2-2) 1 0.100 61%
755 2007-08-04 Clay Hensley behind 0-1 t 2 --- 4,(2-1) 1 0.109 50%

No, no. Keep trying, Jason Middlebrook. That's the only way you'll learn.

There's no great reason for this list. It's just swell, is all. A really swell list. Linebrink to Hensley, y'all. I think the reason I love this list is that the top-half is filled with the Padres who were around when I first started becoming obsessed with baseball. The walk-off against Hoffman in '95 just might be the reason you're reading this right now. If I wasn't at that game, I'm not sure if I ever turn from a fan into a superfan.

So many good names. Andy Ashby used to be a thing. I've linked to the four videos I could find, too. MLB.com's getting better, but they still have a ways to go.

The Giants have made memories against the Padres in the post-Bonds era, of course, so it's not like we're forced to look back at Bonds wistfully because that's the only way to think happy thoughts about the Padres. No, not at all. But it's fun to remember just how often Bonds tormented the Padres.

At least, it's more fun than another series preview that expects you to care about Clayton Richard.

Final note: You know, I'll bet if Clay Hensley went by Clayton Hensley, he'd still be on the Padres today.

Trivia answer from above: Scott Munter. 1-for-1 with a double in his career with the Giants, good for a 3.000 OPS.

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