Was Mike Bacsik Showboating?
As Mike Bacsik became a nationally known name, at least for an hour or two this morning--Svrluga: "I have to tell you at this point that Mike Bacsik is about to become a national media darling"--many people (read: me) seemed to overlook the fact that Bacsik perhaps foretold the fateful blast on the previous pitch. From Homer Derby:
During the [fateful] at-bat, Bacsik did a good job keeping the ball away from Bonds ... until the count went full. When the count went to 3-2, Bacsik threw a curve that nipped the inside edge of the strike zone a little above the knees - which Bonds hit for a chopper that went foul down the first base line. That was Bacsik's chance to get Bonds out.
Then, after the play Bacsik tried to showboat with a behind-the-back catch on the easy toss from the first baseman ... and he dropped it.
I turned to my sleeping wife and said, "Uh-oh. He's gonna give up #756 right now. Instant Karma."
Sure enough, he did attempt to catch the ball behind his back, he did drop it, and he did give up 756 on the next pitch. The key moment comes at 3:30 of this clip.
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