Behind The Pitch: Who Let Up Bonds' 756th?
This is the first article of a new series, exploring the pitchers who let up some of baseball's most famous hits. Today: Who let up the Barry Bonds record-breaking 756th home run?
The ball, a 3-2 pitch was hit long and far--435 feet, in fact. Far enough to head into the very deep part of AT&T Park, and fall right into the hands of fan Matt Murphy in the bleachers.
Who let up the hit?
Nationals' pitcher Mike Bacsik, Jr., a left-handed pitcher.
Ironically, Mike Bacsik, Sr., a righty, let up Hank Aaron's 755th homerun, the last of his storied career.
Bacsik was in the rotation regularly for the first time in his career. He was up in the majors due to multiple injuries that affected the Nationals pitching that season.
Bacsik was never a star pitcher. He was a drifter. He was drafted by the Indians, and then traded along with Roberto Alomar to the Mets. The next season he signed with the Rangers, and in 2007, he signed a contract with the Nationals.
In 2007, he started his season great. On May 19, he threw six shutout innings in a game the Nats eventually lost. In his following start, he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, his longest outing of the year including the minors, allowing three runs and earning a victory.
Then came Augest 7th. Bacsik, the lefty, was in to face Bonds. He worked the count full, and then threw a hanging pitch that Bonds got all of.
Now, Mike Bacsik is forever etched in history: The man who gave up the biggest home run in a great player's career. While he may sometimes be forgotten by people, he deserves to be recognized for his...well, we can call it an accomplishment.
By the way, those of you interested, Bacsik did not play in 2009, and he is currently a free agent.
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