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Tuesday BP: World Series reflections

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Giants pitchers reflect on the winning out.

2014 World Series Game 7: San Francisco Giants v. Kansas City Royals Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Hello, happy Tuesday.

I’ve been thinking about the World Series a lot lately.

Perhaps it’s because the coronavirus has taken baseball from us, and, with no current season to distract me, I’m calling on happy memories.

Perhaps it’s because we’ve been doing a postseason rewatch series (every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 6 p.m. PT), reliving 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been spending the quarantine doing a lot of reorganizing and decorating my studio apartment, so I frequently look at my orange-rimmed framed copy of the San Francisco Chronicle front page and sports page from November 2, 2010.

Apparently I’m not the only one. Over at The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal cooked up an absolutely brilliant idea: He talked with the pitcher on the mound for the final out of the last ten World Series.

Any baseball fan should read it, but especially any Giants fan, since they’re well represented. Here’s a snippet featuring Madison Bumgarner:

The ball rolled to the wall, where left fielder Juan Perez kicked it. Gordon raced to third, and a debate raged that entire offseason about whether he could have scored.

“The only thing I was nervous about was I wanted someone to pick the ball up,” Bumgarner says. “I didn’t care if he got a single, double, triple or whatever, just so long as we keep him from scoring.

“As a matter of fact, I was backing up home. And I was in (catcher) Buster (Posey)’s ear, talking about what we going to do to (Salvador) Pérez while the play was going on.”

There are also quotes from Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson, with the latter admitting that his strike three pitches to both Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton were bad pitches that he got lucky with.

It’s worth your time, so read it (subscription required).

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Just one, in his final year.

April 28, 2007: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Edgar Gonzalez, scoring Dave Roberts. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, but they would lose 5-4. It was his 8th home run of the year.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday, one and all.