Hi everyone, and happy Thursday, or whatever day it is.
Roughly 10 years ago, Dallas Braden — then a pitcher for the Oakland A’s — threw a perfect game on Mother’s Day.
He was also hungover, as reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“There are things you don’t do,” Braden told The Chronicle. “Partaking in libations or adult beverages, that was something I never did before a day game.
“The night before Mother’s Day, though, I did. We were getting after it a little bit.”
It wasn’t a case of being reckless with partying, but rather trying to make the pain go away. Braden’s mother died when he was in high school, and, later in the article, he refers to Mother’s Day as “a day you’re trying to get by.”
Still, it’s a remarkable accomplishment. Braden was late to the ballpark, missed his pre-game studying, and didn’t feel well physically. And still did something that only a handful of players in MLB history have ever done.
So I have two questions, as we shelter in place and deal with our hangovers: Which San Francisco Giants player is most likely to have a stellar performance while hungover? And what’s the most impressive thing you’ve done while regretting the prior night’s imbibing?
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
May 7, 1996: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 7th inning off of Tony Fossas, scoring Stan Javier. It gave the Giants a 4-2 lead, which was the final score. It was his 14th home run of the year.
May 7, 2006: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 6th inning off of Jon Lieber. It cut the Giants deficit to 5-3, and they would lose 9-5. It was his 5th home run of the year. The Phillies got home runs from future Giants champions Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand.
And a tremendous call by Jon Miller.
- Roger Munter with the organizational depth in left field (There R Giants)
- Henry Schulman talks with Bengie Molina about being hurt by the Giants trading him and the team’s actions since (SF Chronicle)
- Grant Brisbee takes a statistical look at the players you probably forgot were on each team (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic talks with Mac Williamson about his time playing in Korea (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Maria Guardado ranks the organization’s top international signings (MLB)
- Alex Pavlovic examines whether or not Willie Mays would have been the home run leader if he played at Oracle Park (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- According to Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell once hit a home run with nails in his bat (Alex Pavlovic, NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jay Jaffe offers up a guide on the 2020 KBO season (Fangraphs)
Go have yourselves a wonderful Thursday.