The Diamondbacks led San Francisco, 8-6, with two out when Bonds walked to the plate with the bases loaded. When he walked to first base, the run forced in by the rare intentional walk made it 8-7. Gregg Olson, who had walked five other batters in the eighth and ninth, went to a 3-2 count on Brent Mayne before getting him on a line drive to right field, ending the game.
“There are only three or four players in this game you’d do it with, and Bonds is one of them,” [Buck] Showalter said. As the manager, he added, “You try to give your club the best opportunity to win a game; it might not have been good, but it was better than the option we had.”
From 1998! Said Showalter later: “They said he’s going crazy and we seen this before. But I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go.”
Happy Birthday, Barry Lamar.
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