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Monday BP: Willie Mays teaches you how to hit

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Who better to learn from than The Say Hey Kid?

Sports Contributor Archive 2019 Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Hello and happy Monday to you all.

There may be no better player in MLB history than Willie Mays, and San Francisco Giants fans are lucky enough to call him their own. San Francisco Giants fans are very lucky and spoiled, if you think about it. But that’s another topic for another day.

Anyway, back in the 1980s, Mays made a video helping to teach people how to hit. Now I’m not saying that watching the video will make you hit like Mays . . . but I’m not saying it won’t. Anything is worth a try.

The Giants recently pulled the video out of the video vault, and uploaded it on YouTube. It’s pretty sensational, and you might learn a thing or two to help you become a Hall of Fame player.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

He absolutely did.

May 18, 1995: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of John Frascatore. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, but they would lose 4-2. It was his 4th homer of the year.

May 18, 2001: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off of Mike Remlinger. It gave the Giants a 5-4 lead, but they would lose 6-5. It was his 17th homer of the year, and his second straight game with a home run.

May 18, 2002: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit 2 home runs. In the 1st inning, he hit a 2-run home run off of Brad Penny, scoring David Bell. It tied the game 2-2. Then, in the 6th inning, he hit a solo home run off of Vic Darensbourg, which gave the Giants a 7-3 lead. The Giants would win 10-5. They were his 14th and 15th homers of the year.

Have a great Monday, everyone.