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Updated: 2017-07-24T09:57:39-07:00


Happy 53rd birthday, Barry Bonds!



The greatest home run hitter in history turns 53 today.

It’s Barry Bonds’ birthday, so let’s take a moment to a) wish him a happy birthday, and b) watch him hit a whole bunch of dingers into McCovey Cove.

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Be careful. That video was made by a fan, and it might make you like baseball more. You might share it with someone who isn’t a huge baseball fan, and it might make them like baseball more. You can understand how that would make Major League Baseball nervous, so it’s likely to be pulled from YouTube soon.

This video is a treasure, by the way. It includes the original broadcaster calls, so you get to hear Duane Kuiper’s improvised (and perfect) insertion of “McCovey Cove!” into his regular home run call. And it’s filled with so many marvelous tidbits and tiny details. Such as ...

0:06 — The boat that almost kills someone. In retrospect, for Bonds’ first splash hit, it was probably worth it.

0:42 — Bonds telling the Splash Hits sign to get a danged number on it.

2:33 — “I hope you didn’t have onions on that hot dog.”

2:57 — #500

3:49 — “LOOK OUT.”

4:19 — “Look out, baby.”

5:32 — Ted Robinson!

6:38 — The 69th homer of 2001 was a splash hit. Nice.

6:49 — Bonds does that thing where he looks disgusted that he had to humiliate the pitcher like that, and I love it so.

7:25 — Joe Angel!

7:53 — Did ... did those people push the dog into the Bay and tell it to fetch the ball?

9:03 — A subtle cut to Jeff Kent looking surly, just because.

10:08 — “WE ARE GOING HOME!”

10:49 — Angel’s call is pretty rad on this one, to be honest.

11:42 — What a perfect camera angle to see the crowd.

13:22 — how did he hit that i mean my word

There are some things to take away from this video. The first is that Barry Bonds sure hit a lot of home runs that went really, really far. The second is that people really lived like that, watching television broadcasts that were hand-drawn by workers in real time, because that’s the only possible explanation for why every video was so fuzzy and muddy.

I don’t remember living like that, and thank goodness.

Anyway, happy birthday to the greatest hitter I’ll ever watch in my lifetime. Now suit up and get back out there, please.

SF Giants Minor Lines 7/23/17: CJ Hinojosa collects four more hits


Thereby outhitting entire other teams. The first five hitters in the Sacramento lineup had 1 hit — combined. The RiverCats had one of the best offensive performances of the night. Don’t believe me? Salem-Keizer managed just four hits (though three runs). Augusta scored 1 run on 6 hits. San Jose was shutout and managed just one hit. Ugh! Time to count up our stores: It might be time to start investigating who had the worst cumulative organizational record in baseball history. Because this isn’t normal. And it’s not good. There are some who put no store in minor league records. But your humble narrator is not among them. Organizations who have turned around stinking ships at the major league level with dynamic farm systems lately (the Astros, the Cubs, the Mets, the Royals) have put together large depths of impact talent that won games and championships up and down their systems, just like the Giants used to back in the day (right before they started winning championships at the major league level). I don’t know what all these teams* are going to produce, but it’s hard to predict a lot of major league wins coming up out of it soon. No, this is not normal. It’s not easily explainable. And it’s not good. *Love you, AZL Giants! I’m not mad at you. HIGHLIGHTS: CJ Hinojosa had four hits; Sacramento lost at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 7-4 Lefty Matt Gage has been having a rough go of it in the PCL lately, particular in his last three games which have seen his ERA rise from 3.18 to 6.65. Gage has allowed 5 runs in each of his last three appearances (4 earned in two of them) none of which have last 5 innings. Yesterday’s start was just the second of his career in which he has failed to strike out a single batter (the other was a pounding in Richmond back in 2015 in which he was knocked out of the game in the 2nd inning). And to make matters worse, he walked four — the most he’s ever walked in a game in his career. Sacramento pitchers struck out just 2 Tacoma batters in this game (a season low, I hardly need to say), with both of those coming from Dusten Knight in his 2 inning stint. Meanwhile, the top of Sacramento’s order scuffled. As noted above, Mac Williamson’s was the only hit the top five batters in the order produced. The bottom of the order picked up the flag for the offense, particularly Tim Federowicz and Juan Ciriaco how had five hits and three doubles between them. Federowicz, who doubled twice in this game, has proven to be a very nice depth pick up for the Giants. src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Federowicz’s second double kicked off a late rally that momentarily gave the RiverCats a chance to steal this game away however. Ciriaco followed with an RBI double and with two outs back to back walks to Lollis and Parker loaded the bases. A two-out error on a Ryder Jones chopper to third brought Chris Shaw to the plate with the chance to give Sacramento a stunning lead. Ah, Chris. Hit ‘em where they AIN’T! That’s the trick. src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Richmond won at Akron Rubber Ducks (Cleveland), 4-2losing their four game series, 1-3 Jerry Sands hit a two-run HR in the top of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie and prevent a four game sweep at Akron. It also (spoiler alert) prevented a system sweep on the day, as Richmond would manage to hoist the only W. Despite giving up just three hits and one earned run, Cory Taylor labored through five innings, taking 97 pitches to become the pitcher of record. Still it was an effective, if short, start. A solo HR was all the damage he gave up. Taylor has now given up just that one ER over his last two starts as he hopes to turn his season around in the second half. He’s still throwing just over half his pitches for [...]