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Posted at 9:39 AM on May 17, 2006 by Ben Tesch (3 Comments)

The talk of the town today is Barry Bonds' at-bat versus Astros reliever Russ Springer, which was basically a gradual beaning. Springer was tossed and given a standing ovation by the crowd. The one side, of course, says they're just pitching inside because he previously raked a couple outside pitches. Pitching several in a row right at or near the batter, right after you got warned from your first pitch that went a foot behind the batter isn't exactly the least obvious way of "just pitching inside". Any thoughts on this Bonds carnival?


Comments (3)

well jeez how long does it take a guy to actually hit bonds? it's not like he's small and fast-moving. sounds like lohse isn't the only major league pitcher who can't hit the broad side of a barn.

Posted by ryan | May 17, 2006 10:08 AM


I think both the pitcher and the manager should be suspended for this. Clearly, the pitcher was throwing at him, and clearly, the manager at least tacitly approved or he would have done something about it. I have no great love for Barry Bonds, but even if you believe he's the worst cheater who ever lived, it doesn't justify throwing a baseball at him at 90mph or more.

Posted by Jeff A | May 17, 2006 12:36 PM


I agree with you two. I wouldn't need 5 throws to land one on Bonds...

And no one needs to be throwing multiple fastballs at anyone. No careers need to be ended the way Kirby's was, whether you're a cheater or not.

Posted by Will | May 17, 2006 8:02 PM


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