* These videos were posted in acknowledgment of the 50th birthday of MLB legend Barry Bonds on July 24, 2014. They depict his milestones, his highlights...and a famous lowlight. Scroll down and enjoy! (Sadly, we were unable to uncover film of his first career jack, or his infamous 2005 press conference/rant.)
Note: We chose not to post #756 because everyone on earth has seen it 108 times and we're confident ESPN ran it 108 more on his birthday.
Barry Bonds' 71st Home Run Of 2001 (10/5/2001)
Bonds was in a zone almost from the first pitch of 2001; it was soon evident that only an injury or cowardice from opposing pitchers/managers could stop him.
Well, he stayed healthy and productive. The result: Mark McGwire's single-season home run record fell.
On October 4 against Wil Rodriguez of Houston, Bonds tied Big Mac with #70—one night before ripping #71 off LA's Chan Ho Park to pass him. For good measure Barry took Park deep again later in the game, and on October 7 he awkwardly connected on a Dennis Springer knuckler for his 73rd and final bomb of 2001.
Notes: This marked Shawn Estes' final career start with the Giants after seven seasons; he went 0.2 innings (5 ER) and was traded in the off-season. Eric Davis drove in the final two runs of his career. The Dodgers led 5-0, but the Giants came back to tie twice before falling 11-10.
Barry Bonds Homers In 7th Straight Game (4/20/2004)
There's tears, and there's tears. If you thought Barry began 2001 hot...
Beginning with a go-ahead 3-run jack off Milwaukee's Matt Kinney on April 12, and ending with this long ball off SD's Brian Lawrence April 20, Bonds played seven games—and went yard in all of them. In between, he got Dodger starter Jeff Weaver twice on April 18; other victims included Darren Dreifort and David Wells.
Additionally, Bonds smoked two of his most famous blasts—career HR #661 off Ben Ford (passing Willie Mays all-time), plus the unforgettable-if-you-saw-it bomb off Dodgers supercloser Eric Gagne that came one pitch after he pulled a 100-MPH heater foul into McCovey Cove! (the minute I unearth that clip, it'll be posted.)
Barry Bonds Homers in First Giants Home At-Bat (4/12/1993)
Bonds had been the marquee free-agent signing of the previous off-season, a bold and unexpected move by the Giants' new ownership team. Would he deliver? Could he live up to a $43 million deal (then unprecedented?)
Those questions can't be answered in one week, but Bonds sure did try.
SF opened 1993 by splitting six road games, during which Bonds homered once. On April 12 the Giants returned to San Francisco, just months after seemingly being finished there forever.
Against Chris Hammond of the expansion Marlins, Bonds—in his very first home AB as a Giant—led off the second with a no-doubt blast to right!
Giants fans showered their new star with adulation, which he returned. In true storybook fashion, SF won 4-3 in 11 innings.
Barry Bonds Final Splash Homer (8/8/2007)
Out of the 45 splash homers hit by Giants from 2000-07, Bonds hit 35 of them—including this two-run first-inning shot off Washington's Tim Redding.
Career HR #757—Bonds broke Hank Aaron's all-time record the night before—gave the Giants a 2-0 lead. They cruised to a 5-0 win behind Matt Cain.
Note: As of 9/15/14, 22 splash shots have been hit by Giants since Bonds left the team; at least two others were deflected by flagpoles. Pablo Sandoval paces the lot with seven.
Barry Bonds Walk-Off Vs. Ray King (8/19/2003)
For so many reasons, this may be the coolest home run Bonds ever hit.
First of all, Bonds was seeing his first action in days as he tended to his dying father. Though Bobby would live four more days, Barry was playing with a very heavy heart.
Second of all, speaking of heavy things, Braves reliever Ray King "owned" Bonds to the point of having a New York Times article written about it earlier in the month. (Nevermind the miniscule sample size of six hitless at-bats.)
Third of all: the team had been reeling without their star, losing six straight. Duane Kuiper refers to the Giants' struggles in Montreal—the Expos had just laid a four-game sweep on SF north of the border, holding their Bonds-less lineup to four total runs.
Fourth of all: it was a splash shot—those are always cool.
Notes: This would be Bonds' lone hit vs. King in 17 lifetime at-bats. He hit another walk-off vs. Atlanta two nights later, victimizing Trey Hodges.
Barry Bonds HR #500 (4/17/2001)
Bonds entered 2001 only six big flies short of the coveted 500 mark; it took him exactly 13 team games to reach the mark.
The milestone blast was an 8th-inning two-run shot off LA reliever Terry Adams—who was none too pleased about the ensuing delay—that wound up winning the game 3-2.
(Notes: Rich Aurilia scored ahead of Bonds and, after putting the tying run on third with 0 out, Robb Nen stranded him there for the save. Shawn Estes and Darren Dreifort started and received ND's.)
Barry Bonds Chewed Out By Leyland (3/5/1991)
Warning: VERY adult language.
The story behind this infamous tiff between skipper and superstar, according to ESPN: Bonds, coming off an MVP season, didn't receive the raise he felt he deserved and his disposition—never particularly sunny—only worsened as Spring Training '91 got underway.
After Leyland caught Bonds disrespecting a fellow coach, enough was enough. Eventually the two—who'd been together in Pittsburgh for five years by this time—allegedly made up, with Bonds referring to Leyland as the best manager he ever had.
(I have no clue who the likely non-roster invitees next to Bonds are, and I'm not going to try to find out.)
Barry Bonds Inside-The-Park Homer (4/23/1997)
In the first inning, Bonds went oppo on a first-pitch Tom Glavine (Braves) fastball; future teammate Ryan Klesko—to euphemize—didn't play the ball real well.
Scoring ahead of Bonds were Jose Vizcaino and Glenallen Hill, both of whom had singled. The Giants went on to win 4-3 behind Kirk Rueter.
Barry Bonds Home Run #700 - 9/17/2004
The Giants still had hopes of winning a playoff spot late in 2004; Bonds did what he could to help on the rare occasions he saw a strike.
Leading off the third, Jake Peavy of San Diego challenged Bonds on a 3-0 pitch. Bonds deposited the ball over the wall, helping make a 4-1 winner of Noah Lowry.
Notes: As in the above clip, Ryan Klesko again is in left field. Later in the game, Dave Burba made the penultimate appearance of his 15-year career.