5-tool baseball player: The ideal position player (non-pitcher); an athlete who excels at:
1. hitting for average,⚾️
2. hitting for power,⚾️
3. base running skills and speed,⚾️
4. throwing ability,⚾️
5. fielding abilities.⚾️
i.e. Willie Mays
The longest home run in World Series history was crushed by Barry Bonds in Game 2 of the 2002 World Series off Troy Percival in the 9th inning. There were two outs and the Angels were up 11-9. Percival didn’t want to walk Bonds and bring the tying run to the plate. So it was pure mano y mano. No ball has ever been further in World Series history, at Angel Stadium, or in this century. Read Tim Salmon’s lips. A bolt of lightning into the night, followed by the astonished whisper of an Angel.
Watch Bonds’ blast here: WOW!
Conner “F******G” Gillaspie!!!
Joe “F******G” Panik!!!
“It began with the incomprehensible sight of Jake Arrieta launching a three-run home run off Mr. October himself, Madison Bumgarner — the first home run Bumgarner had ever served up to any pitcher. It ended with Joe Panik becoming the first second baseman to deliver a walk-off hit in an elimination game since (who else?) Bill Mazeroski.”
– Jayson Stark (ESPN)
There’s been strong New York vibe hanging around this Giants club for about a week now. It started with the Monte Irvin Bobblehead giveaway on 9-28-16, followed by an exciting Giants-Dodgers series, the legendary Vin Scully’s farewell, and culminating with the G-Men’s thrilling Wild Card win in New York over the Mets 3-0. Mad-Bum added to his post-season legend and Conner Gillaspie became a real life Roy Hobbs.⚡️⚾️⚡️And also in the mix was the 65th Anniversary of Robby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World.” From a time when New York was truly the “Baseball Capital of the World.”
Growing up on Clarendon Dr. in San Jose, CA all the kids in the neighborhood were huge Giants’ fans. Pretty much all we did each summer was talk Giants, trade baseball cards, and play street baseball. One of the more exciting days was when my friend Bob DeBarr became the first kid on the block to get this Bobby Bonds poster in his room. Man…it was the coolest! I always connected this Bobby Bonds poster with Bob and our “wonder years.”
Sadly, Bob passed away on the 4th of July this year. This posting is in his memory.
Robert Edward DeBarr (1956 ~ 2016)⚾️🌹⚾️