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In case you missed it, Tim Redding apparently says via XM that Mike Bacsik grooved the home run pitch to Bonds. Stolen from Chris Needham's blog:
JC: You were with the Nats the night that Bonds broke the career HR record. What was that atmosphere like? Wasn't it Mike Basik or somebody who gave it up?
TR: You know, I don't like to speak ill of people...Mike was a nice guy and a good teammate....but Mike wanted to give up that HR. I was charting pitches that night for my start the next day and it was super obvious that he wanted to give it up. Everything to Bonds was low 80's and center cut. I think Mike had some notion that if he gave it up, he could be part of history and make a few dollars out of it one day.
Bacsik fired back on his Twitter page:
Well just got a call from Bill Ladson of washingtonnationals.com and Tim Redding said he believes I tried to give up homer#756 Good teammate
If somebody would have asked me, what teammate will say you tried to give up a homerun? After laughing my answer would have been Tim Redding
For everyone on my page that needs a denial; I didn't try to give up the homerun. I was crappy enough to do it without trying.
@57Healey Thanks. It irks me though that a teammate would say that. Skip Bayliss who cares, but Tim is saying I cheated the game. Just mad
Interesting to note Bacsik's background on said Twitter page.
My wife and I were visiting our daughter the night it happened. I was watching the downstairs TV, the "girls" (wife, daughter, roommate) were upstairs. I hollered up and said, "Turn on the TV. It is going to happen now."
Don't know Redding. Don't know Bacsik. Would bet everything I own he grooved it. Everything. You? Hey, I was looking for an easy poll this week and there it was, handed to me on a platter. I need more days like that.
Last poll: 80 percent of the voters say sign Hudson. Four voters say play Guzman. One wants Kennedy signed, one wants Harris (not me) to play. No love for Gonzalez. Eighty percent of voters sounds better than 24 voters, since only 30 voted. So much for my goal of getting 100 votes one week.
How's the Caravan? Good thing they didn't come to Richmond. It's supposed to snow.