Hello and happy Wednesday.
I’ve been spending a lot of time watching San Francisco Giants videos on YouTube lately. I’m often searching for full playoff games for the rewatch threads, and I’m often searching for Barry Bonds videos to pair with the daily “Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?” question, and as a result the YouTube algorithm thinks I want to watch the Giants every time I go to YouTube.
They’re not wrong!
But it got me wondering what everyone’s go-to YouTube Giants video is? That one you’ve put on when you’ve had a bad day and need to cheer up, or perhaps when you’ve had a good day and need to celebrate, or perhaps when you’re deep into the offseason (or quarantine) and are really missing Giants baseball.
Mine is the boring and obvious answer. Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off home run to send the Giants to the 2014 World Series.
While that’s the one I watch the most, I also watch the videos that show all 27 outs from a no-hitter quite a lot. I’ve watched both of Tim Lincecum’s, as well as Matt Cain’s perfect game more times than I can count. I even fire up Chris Heston and Jonathan Sanchez’s occasionally.
It’s just fun.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
June 4, 2000: Against the Oakland A’s, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning off of Omar Olivares, scoring Marvin Benard and Bill Mueller. It gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, and they would win 18-2. It was his 23rd homer of the year.
June 4, 2001: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Bobby Jones. It gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, and they would win 3-1. It was his 30th homer of the year.
June 4, 2004: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning off of Jeff Fassero, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo. It gave the Giants a 4-2 lead, and they would win 13-7. It was his 15th homer of the year.
- Roger Munter previews the comp rounds and later rounds in the upcoming MLB Draft (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on how a 50-game season would have hurt or helped past Giants teams (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic talks about the Giants being encouraged by how their players are handling safety (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jim Bowden ranks the top ten catchers in MLB (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt discusses the origins of the rally cap (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Daniel Kramer chooses the best homegrown player on each NL West team (MLB)
Have a great Thursday everyone. Stay safe.