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SF@LAD: Bonds hits his third and fourth homers of ’02

4/3/02: Barry Bonds hits two more home runs giving him four total in the first two games of the season

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24 thoughts on “SF@LAD: Bonds hits his third and fourth homers of ’02

  1. First pitch, fast ball right down the middle. Second pitch, hanging breaking ball up in the zone. Did these guys not know how to pitch to him?

    1. That’s what makes sluggers great though, you have to pitch to them eventually else they’ll just walk.
      And any good slugger is capable of hitting tough pitches for home runs, but the great ones won’t let many mistake pitches get by them.

    2. Any big leaguer is gonna send those pitches out of the park. Both of those were in the wheelhouse.

    3. I think what you mean is, MOST big leaguers COULD send those balls out of the park.
      Bonds was in a league of his own, yes 95% of big leaguers could hit home runs of those pitches – but it was his ability to wait for his pitch and then not miss it that made him so good.

    4. No, I mean all. Hang a breaking pitch or groove a fastball to a pitcher and even he’ll knock it 300+ feet. Bonds was on another level but it’s not like he caught up to a Randy Johnson fastball or Pedro Martinez changeup here.

      I’m a pro-Bonds guy, btw.

    5. There are a handful of guys with little to no power hitting from the left side who aren’t going to hit that 2nd pitch out of the park. Also, depending on the park, a lot of those might stay in.
      Turning on an inside slow breaking ball like that as a lefty was easy for Bonds – but a lot of lefties would just rip that thing so far foul it wouldn’t even be close to a HR.

  2. Greatest of all time. Everyone was doing steroids. This guys was just that good. Imagine if he was pitch to instead of intentionally walking him. You could add another 20 home runs easily to his single season record.

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