A few weeks ago, a guy by the name of Grant Brisbee — longtime readers of this site have potentially heard of him — wrote an article on The Athletic titled, Which players can Giants fans and Dodgers fans agree to love? Grant is the natural heir to the Stephen King throne, as that headline should send shivers down your spine.
Either way, it got me thinking and reminiscing about recent players who were beloved by Giants fans, who then left and played for the Dodgers. Brian Wilson. Sergio Romo. Juan Uribe. Jason Schmidt. You get the idea.
I’m not going anywhere with this, other than to ask: which players were hardest to see in a Dodgers jersey, and which ones weren’t?
For what it’s worth, I asked one of my Dodgers-loving colleagues what he thought of Wilson. His response: “Fake-ass weirdo,” which was quickly co-signed by another Dodgers-loving colleague.
That’s our fake-ass weirdo, thank you very much.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
Oh yes he did.
April 20, 1993: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 11th inning off of Mike Maddux, scoring Will Clark. It extended the Giants lead to 4-1, which was the final score. It was his 4th home run of the year.
April 20, 1996: Against the Chicago Cubs, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of Jim Bullinger. It gave the Giants a 4-1 lead, and they won 8-4. It was his 6th home run of the year.
April 20, 2001: Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning off of Jimmy Haynes, scoring Rich Aurilia. It gave the Giants a 2-1 lead, and they would win 3-1. It was his 8th home run of the year.
April 20, 2003: Against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Hideo Nomo. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, but they would lose 16-4. It was his 6th home run of the year.
April 20, 2004: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning off of Brian Lawrence, scoring Marquis Grissom. It cut the deficit to 6-2, and the Giants lost 9-5. It was his 9th home run of the year, his 5th straight game with a home run, and his 6th home run in those 5 games. It was also his seventh straight start in which he hit a home run.
Please note the dude jumping into the water at the 10-second mark.