This weekend in Milwaukee? It could happen. We know the Giants desperately want Bonds to break Hank Aaron’s record — and probably tie it, too — at home.
But after his superhero game yesterday, hitting moonshots into the teeth of a Wrigley wind, it would be inexcusable to sit him tonight. Add to that the team’s dire need of a win. If he plays, Barry could easily tie the record in his first two or three at-bats; Miller Park is a good hitter’s park, and Jeff Suppan is starting for the Brewers.
What then? Saturday, a day game after a night game, would probably be an off-day for him anyway, but sitting him Sunday, too? How would you explain that to the rest of the team?
One factor going against him tying the record in Milwaukee: the Brewers are in danger of losing their top spot in the NL Central, so manager Ned Yost will go to great lengths to win. And against the Giants, that means not letting Bonds swing the bat. If the games are within a run or two when Bonds comes up, he probably will get zippo to hit.
And of course, the ultimate twist: will Bud “Milwaukee’s Finest” Selig show up to any of the games?
How do you think it will play out? What would you prefer to see?
P.M. UPDATE: Over at the McChronic, regulars have “adopted” their favorite Giants, major and minor league. I started with homeboy Jesse Foppert, who is back in the Giant organization trying to recover from Tommy John surgery. I added to my family a bit later with Kelvin Pichardo, an obscure minor-leaguer the Giants got in exchange for Michael Tucker in 2005. BP’s Kevin Goldstein gives my adopted son a little ink today with this note:
The 21-year-old Pichardo didn’t do much in 2006, but he dominated at High-A San Jose during the first half of this year, striking out 71 in 46 2/3 innings before getting bumped up to Double-A Connecticut, where he’s delivered four shutout innings, allowing just one hit, in his first two appearances. “I really like his arm. He’s small and there’s some effort in him, but he’s mid-90s with excellent movement, his slider is good, and he even has a pretty nice change,” said the scout. “He’s aggressive, he’s kind of cocky and immature; sometimes he gets a little pumped up and when he calms down he has better movement, but I really like him as a potential late-inning reliever.”
Doing well in double-A at the age of 21. (This year’s stats are here; click here for previous years.) If he continues well, look for a promotion to Fresno next year, and he could conceivably be in the majors by the time he’s 23 or 24. See? It’s always worth getting someone, anyone back in a trade deadline dump.
Looks like I need to talk to Kelvin about this “cocky and immature” business. I didn’t pay for all those baseball lessons to see my boy grow up a fool.