There’s not a lot of baseball going on, but it’s still been a good few days for fans of baseball fights.
Jomboy Media, which makes hilarious videos providing replay commentary of notable baseball moments, made a video looking back on the regrettable fight between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, that got (almost) everyone on the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals involved.
It made me laugh very hard.
I have to say, I was not a fan of Strickland before that, and I was really not a fan of him after that, and even with all of that context . . . I’m still shocked at how absolutely horrible he came out of that looking. I think, out of embarrassment, I had selectively forgotten the whole part about needing to be carried off the field by four teammates.
Still, well done Jomboy. Thank you for the laugh amid the cringe.
Elsewhere, baseball without fans is starting to pop up, and that created another fight that featured Henry Sosa, who spent six years in the Giants farm system.
Hey, at least it’s baseball.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
You bet your butt he did.
April 21, 1998: Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of Jon Lieber. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 6-3. It was his 3rd home run of the year.
April 21, 2007: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Edgar Gonzalez. It was the only run of the game, which the Giants obviously won 1-0. It was his 5th home run of the year. In other Barry news, Barry Zito pitched 7.1 innings of scoreless ball. What a day.
Andrew Baggarly on Jon Miller and the creation of ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ (The Athletic, subscription required)
Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly on Baggarly’s above article (The Athletic, free)
Alex Pavlovic on how the Oracle Park groundskeepers maintain the outfield grass (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Henry Schulman mailbag (SF Chronicle)
Grant Brisbee’s OOTP week in review (The Athletic, subscription required)