One Game – One Night

If there is a single baseball game that is worth watching this season, it is tonight’s matchup between the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins will be led by Oakland-native Dontrelle Willis. The Giants, of course, feature Barry Bonds. Bonds hit his 754th home run last night. Willis idolized Bonds and his own major league aspirations were inspired by the Giant outfielder. According to Dontrelle, Barry has supported his success in the league by providing insights and advice on his approach to the game.  If Bonds can take the savvy southpaw deep, he will tie the record for the most home runs in a major league career.

That bit of back story makes this the most appealing matchup of the season.

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4 comments

  1. 9:28 p.m. – Dontrelle is feeling the moment. Single to the first hitter. Walk to the second hitter. Bonds is on deck. Let’s get this ON right away.

  2. 9:29 p.m. – Line out by Durham. Throwing error, runners advance. SF 1, FLA 0. Runner on second. Hello Barry! Hello Dontrelle!

  3. HE GOT HIM. Three straight pitches! K!
    Dontrelle wanted to get that out of the way. Now he can get down to business. That was awesome.

  4. Dontrelle handled his business!!

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds wanted a pitcher to challenge him. Dontrelle Willis was more than ready.

    Hopping off the mound, pumping his fist and throwing fastball after fastball, Willis kept history on hold Saturday night.

    Bonds went hitless a night after connecting for his 754th home run, leaving the San Francisco star one shy of tying Hank Aaron’s record in the Giants’ 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins.

    With his mom in the stands, Willis overmatched the slugger he admired growing up in the Bay Area. In the end, Bonds could only stand at home plate — right in the way of the catcher, actually — and watch a popup on his final swing.

    “Willis didn’t mess around,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He cranked it up when Barry was up there.”

    Bonds was 0-for-3 with a walk. He popped out twice and struck out against Willis, who has lost seven straight decisions for the longest skid of his big league career. Willis grew up just across San Francisco Bay in Alameda and often watched Bonds at Candlestick Park as a kid.

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