And there you have it. Like it or not, Barry Bonds is the new home run king, having launched No. 756 off Nationals pitcher Mike Bascik last night. Without Bud Selig’s invention created to bring back fans following the 1994 work stoppage, the Toronto Blue Jays would never have faced Bonds and, thus, not contributed to the San Francisco slugger’s homer total. However, that hasn’t been the case, as the Blue Jays and Giants have squared off nine times since the adoption of Interleague play in 1997.
And the result? Bonds hit two homers against the Jays, including a game-tying, two-run shot off Josh Towers(No. 747) on June 11 of this year. His other homer occurred at the Rogers Centre (then SkyDome) on June 12, 2002. Already ahead 5-3 in the ninth, Bonds provided an insurance run with a solo homer off Cliff Politte(No. 589). As an aside, that three-game series between the Jays and Giants marked the first time back to Toronto for second baseman Jeff Kent, who was traded by the Blue Jays for David Cone in August of 1992.
In nine games overall, Bonds has gone 9-for-21 (.429) with a pair of homers, three RBIs, five runs scored and 11 walks against the Blue Jays in his career.
Why do I get the feeling that, should Bonds never hit another home run, the blame will fall on Josh Towers?