Tonight was my first time visiting AT&T Park in San Francisco. It immediately moves up to second on my ballpark list behind Wrigley and in front of Fenway and PNC. A tremendous park and atmosphere. Our seats were to the right of dead center, fourteen rows up.
Before the Cubs-Giants game started, I noticed the Barry Bonds #756 sign. The date on the sign? August 7, 2007. 10 years ago exactly. What are the chances!
In between innings—I believe it was the second or third—the Giants played the clip below on the video board. Then, the same board showed Bonds in a suite at the park. The reaction he received was mild applause; about 10% of Giants fans stood to cheer. That's remarkable when you think about the context, that today was the 10-year anniversary of the home run that broke the all-time home run record. It will always be a horribly complicated moment in baseball history.
The Cubs won the game 5-3 behind solid nights from Rizzo, Bryant, and Javy Baez. We had a great view of Javy's inside-the-park homer in the second inning. Two things to watch for in the video: Baez not running for three seconds and the amazing throw from Carlos Moncrief.
Baseball is here! And more importantly, that means the over/under game is back. It seems as though everyone is an expert this time of year. Somehow we convince ourselves that we are better at predicting baseball outcomes than everyone else. Well, AFITB is putting that to the test for the third year in a row. Think you know more about baseball than us? You probably do. But go ahead and prove it anyway.
Baseball is simply the best.
Can the playoffs get even better? Yes, if you play this game with us.
Not much from a team perspective
Ranking the 10 playoff teams' pitching output based on WAR
Ranking the 10 playoff teams' positional output based on WAR
Barry's last game
Remembering José one year after his passing