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Sunday BP: Get hyped

There’s Giants baseball this week.

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Hello and happy Sunday.

After many months of cancellations, negotiations, and workouts, the 2020 MLB season is finally going to start this coming week. You’ll have San Francisco Giants baseball on your television for six out of the week’s seven days: Preseason matchups against the Oakland A’s on Monday and Tuesday, and then a four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting on Thursday.

Last week the Giants released some great video content to get you excited for the season. They had the finale of “Chalk Talk @ Home,” the quarantine YouTube series they’ve been putting out. In it, broadcasters Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Jon Miller, and Dave Flemming are joined by Giants manager Gabe Kapler, utility player Austin Slater, and former umpire Ed Montague.

They also put out a great video of middle infielder (and now centerfielder) Mauricio Dubón. It’s a 20-minute conversation (in Spanish, with subtitles) about Dubón’s baseball journey, hosted by Erwin Higueros, the Giants Spanish broadcaster, (as well as a member of their Hispanic marketing department and media relations team).

It’s great, and my goodness is Dubón easy to root for.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

He did hit a home run on this day in history.

July 19, 1998: Against the Houston Astros, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning off of Pete Schourek, scoring Bill Mueller. It cut the Giants deficit to 3-2, but they would lose 4-3. It was his 20th homer of the year.

July 19, 1999: Against the Texas Rangers, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning off of Ryan Glynn, scoring J.T. Snow and Jeff Kent. It gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, but they would lose 14-7. It was his 10th homer of the year.

July 19, 2000: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 4th inning off of Brian Meadows, scoring Marvin Benard and Bill Mueller. It tied the game 3-3, but the Giants would lose 4-3. It was his 31st homer of the year.

July 19, 2003: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Shawn Chacon. It gave the Giants a 3-2 lead, and they would win 5-3. It was his 31st homer of the year.

July 19, 2007: Against the Chicago Cubs, Bonds hit a pair of home runs. A solo shot in the 2nd inning off of Ted Lilly cut the Giants deficit to 4-1. A 3-run shot in the 7th inning off of Will Ohman scored Mark Sweeney and Randy Winn, and cut the deficit to 9-8, which was the final score. They were his 18th and 19th homers of the year.

Have a great Sunday!