Thursday, August 7, 2008

Barry Bonds is out of Majors; so is pitcher who gave up 756

It was a year ago today that Barry Bonds hit career home run number 756, passing Hank Aaron's home run record. Today, Bonds is out of the Majors. And so is the pitcher who gave up the homer. Mike Bacsik is currently with the Columbus Clippers, a minor league team in the Washington Nationals organization.

First off, let it be known that Bacsik did not groove the pitch for Bonds to hit the homer, which allowed Bacsik to become part of history. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It's just stupid. Hell, on 3-2 I threw a curveball, a good pitch he hit foul. I tried to make a pitch down and away and I didn't, and he hit it out. I stunk that game. I gave up five runs in five innings. I didn't have good stuff. People can say what they want to say."

It was Aug. 7, 2007. In the fifth inning, the count was 3-2 on Bonds. One 86-mph pitch and 435 feet later, Bonds had the record. Oddly enough, it was his father, Mike Sr., who gave up homer No. 755 to Aaron in 1976.

So what's Bacsik up to these days? He has 7-4 record and a 4.43 ERA in 33 appearances.

The only thing that has changed since then he says is the amount of autographs he signs. He admitted to the Columbus Dispatch that, when asked nicely, he signs: "Bonds HR #756, 08/07/07."

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