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2019 wasn’t memorable, but it’s all we’ve got.

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I realize that 2019 is not a baseball season that any San Francisco Giants fan wants to spend much time reminiscing.

Mike Yastrzemski became a thing, Mauricio Dubón was acquired, and Tim Lincecum briefly appeared, and beyond that I’m not sure that a single positive thing happened.

So it’s with that optimism in mind that I ask you: What’s the first game that comes to mind when you think of the 2019 Giants season?

For me, it’s the epic 12-11 comeback win against the Cincinnati Reds, in which the Giants overcame an 8-0 deficit, tied the game in the ninth inning, and finally won in the 11th. What a wild and whacky and completely lovable baseball game.

It was also Stephen Vogt’s Giants debut, and he went 3-3 with a double, and the game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning. It’s part of why he’ll always be remembered as a good Giant, despite having a mere 280 plate appearances with the team.

Okay, now that we’ve established that this was everyone’s most memorable game of 2019 . . . umm . . . what was your most memorable game of 2019?

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Inspired by my friend and colleague Eric Stephen, I’m starting a portion of these daily threads by remembering all the home runs that Barry Bonds hit (as a Giants player) on this date.

So, did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Yes. Quite a few, actually.

April 17, 1994: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning off of Ryan Bowen. It gave the Giants a 3-2 lead, and they would win 9-8. It was his 4th home run of the year.

April 17, 2001: Against the Los Angeles Dodgers (Beat LA!), Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning off of Terry Adams. It proved to be the game-winning dinger, as it gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in a 3-2 game. It was Bonds’ 6th home run of the year. It was also the 500th home run of his career.

April 17, 2002: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 1st inning off of Kevin Jarvis. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, but they lost 5-3. It was his 8th home run of the year.

April 17, 2004: Against the Dodgers once more, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off of Darren Dreifort. It cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Giants would lose 5-4. It was his 5th home run of the year.

Giants links

Alex Pavlovic ranks the ten worst trades in Giants history (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Alex Pavlovic talks with Logan Webb about baseball prep during a quarantine (NBC Sports Bay Area)

The Athletic had a Q&A with Giants GM Scott Harris (Subscription required)

Jayson Stark on “the home run that broke Baseball-Reference” (The Athletic, subscription required)

Henry Schulman on the Giants coaches teaching online clinics for kids (SF Chronicle)

Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly discuss Mauricio Dubón and outfield defense (The Athletic, free)

Be well, everyone. Happy Friday.