Hello and happy Monday.
The 2020 MLB Draft is just two days away. That means that in two days, we’ll all have some very questionable takes about who the San Francisco Giants select with the 13th overall pick, and who they should have.
A while back I shared some bad draft takes from the McCovey Chronicles community from when Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner were drafted. I was hoping to turn that into a series, but it turns out that draft takes are inherently pessimistic, and the Giants haven’t really had many good picks since then, so all of the draft takes felt pretty accurate. Good job, all!
But that’s boring, so it’s time to expose yourself. What’s a bad draft take you had? How about a great one?
I can’t really remember many of my draft takes, because I didn’t start paying attention until recently. But I was very high on Christian Arroyo, and I remember having great optimism as the Giants took right-handed pitcher after right-handed pitcher in the first round for a few years.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
Well . . . yeah.
June 8, 1993: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning off of Lee Smith, scoring Matt Williams. It cut the Giants deficit to 4-3, and that was the score they would lose by. It was his 15th homer of the year.
June 8, 1995: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning off of Dave Mlicki, scoring Mark Carreon. It cut the Giants deficit to 8-5, and they would lose 9-6. It was his 9th homer of the year.
June 8, 1997: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit 2 solo home runs off of John Smoltz. He went back-to-back following Jeff Kent in the 4th inning to tie the game 2-2, then hit a 6th inning bomb to tie it 3-3. The Giants would win 5-3. They were his 9th and 10th homers of the year.
June 8, 2002: Against the New York Yankees, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning off of Ted Lilly, scoring David Bell and Rich Aurilia. It gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, and they would win 4-3. It was his 21st homer of the year. And yes, it was that home run.
Have a great Monday, friends.