Hello friends, Happy Saturday. Our rewatch of the 2012 postseason marches on tonight at 6 p.m., with Game 1 of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. I hope you’ll join.
I’m not usually in the department of breaking news, but I’ve got some to break. Barry Bonds was really good.
Crazy, I know.
I’ve been dabbling in Barry Bonds content quite a bit lately, because what better to do when baseball is suspended than revisit the greatest hitter the sport has ever seen? So when I saw this video — Bonds in 4 — I was intrigued, and then happy.
It’s a very well-done video based around a tremendous premise: Using just four plate appearances to tell the story of a player’s career and skillset.
I recommend you check it out. Unless you’ve got places to be.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
Of course he did.
May 9, 1994: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning off of Armando Reynoso, scoring Kirt Manwaring, Darren Lewis, and John Patterson. It gave the Giants a 4-1 lead, and they would win 12-5. It was his 8th home run of the year.
May 9, 1996: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning off of Donovan Osborne, scoring Steve Scarsone. It gave the Giants a 6-5 lead, but they would lose 16-8. It was his 15th home run of the year.
May 9, 2000: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 7th inning off of Heathcliff Slocumb. It cut the Giants deficit to 13-4, and they would lose 13-6. It was his 12th home run of the year.
May 9, 2002: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Pedro Astacio. It cut the Giants deficit to 3-1, and they would win 4-3. It was his 11th home run of the year.
- Roger Munter discusses the organization’s depth in right field (There R Giants)
- Video: Carmen Kiew, Therese Vinal, Cole Kuiper, and Anthony Garcia talk with Gabe Kapler (Shelter On Base)
- Alex Pavlovic talks with Bruce Bochy about managing Team France (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- John Shea talks with Huey Lewis about his love for the Giants (SF Chronicle)
- Andrew Baggarly on what the Giants are doing to avoid losing a year of player development (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Daniel Kramer on the best pure power hitters in the division (MLB)
- Fangraphs now has KBO stats (Fangraphs)
I hope your weekend is simply superb.