Sports history in Black: An intentional walk sets a record for Bonds

By Mike Patton

Black News & Views

Barry Bonds. Just saying that name elicits some type of response. There are some who think he is one of the greatest players of all time. And there are others who feel Bonds should be banned from anything related to baseball because of his alleged use of steroids. No matter what side of the fence you’re on, you have to agree that Bonds was a dangerous man when he stepped to the plate. 

Barry Bonds pictured with the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Photo credit: Barry Bonds, Jim Accordino
Barry Bonds pictured with the San Francisco Giants in 1993. Photo credit: Barry Bonds, Jim Accordino

 He could change the game with one swing of the bat, whether it was a home run or an extra base hit. Sometimes the opposing team would take the bat out of Bonds’ hands to avoid any fireworks from him. On Sept. 22, 2004, he literally had the bat taken out of his hands by Houston for the entire game between the Giants and Houston. Bonds was  intentionally walked four times in the game for the second time in his career and the second time in 2004.

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