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Redding says Bacsik grooved Bonds's homer

(By Justin Sullivan - Getty)

UPDATE: Bacsik responds to Redding's interview on Twitter:

* If somebody would have asked me, what teammate will say you tried to give up a homerun? After laughing my answer would have been Tim Redding.

* For everyone on my page that needs a denial; I didn't try to give up the homerun. I was crappy enough to do it without trying.

UPDATE II: Bacsik talks to's Bill Ladson. "Did I throw the ball good that night? No, but to say I tried to give up the home run I don't think is very smart," he said. "I was fighting for my life in the big leagues. I thought I might get sent down."

There have long been quiet murmurs about the Mike Bacsik pitch to Barry Bonds that became Bonds's record-breaking 756th home run three summers ago in San Francisco. A few people seemed to think that Bacsik could have tried harder to get Bonds out.

"I didn't really want to be part of history as a bad part, but I am," he said on ESPN at the time, adding "I'm OK with it."

Well, add former teammate Tim Redding to the list of doubters. Now with the Rockies, Redding was on on SIRIUS XM's MLB Home Plate channel Wednesday night with hosts Joe Castellano and F.P. Santangelo. He was asked whether he would have wanted to face Bonds with the record on the line, and Redding pointed out that he was scheduled to pitch the following night and was in the dugout charting pitches during Bacsik's start.

"I mean, the guy that gave it up, I never want to speak ill of anybody," Redding said. "Mike Bacsik is a stand-up guy. He's a little quirky, but he's a nice guy, means well. I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I mean, every ball that Barry hit, the ball was center cut, right down the middle, fastball. You know, I think maybe inside he was thinking he was going to get a little bit more publicity. Maybe, you know, publicity and some money out of it, appearances, stuff like that. But it is what it is. I would have had no problem giving it up. The next night I actually gave up the new record. I gave up a home run [to Bonds] that night, his first at-bat, he kept one fair down the right-field line. And I was the next new record, until the next guy gave one up."

One of the hosts pointed out that he had talked with Bacsik before his start came up, and that the pitcher had promised to challenge Bonds.

"Challenging is trying to get the guy out," Redding said, "throwing strikes but not down over the middle of the plate."

(Via Capitol Punishment, which, miraculously, lives. Big League Stew has more, as does Nationals Enquirer.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
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really, bacsik grooved it? shocking!!! i cant believe it.

of course he grooved it. otherwise, why would we be talking about mike bacsik. i would have grooved it too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Bonds' 756th was on a 3-2 pitch in his third at bat of the game. Is Redding saying that Bascik was throwing meatballs for the first two at bats plus the first 5 pitches of the third at bat?

That's BS. Bascik was a mediocre lefty who only had 3 pitches and an upper 80s fastball. He threw everything he had at Bonds and finally made a mistake.

Totally classless move by Redding to say what he did.

Posted by: tboss | January 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So now you're blogging about radio interviews transcribed by other bloggers? A slippery slope, my friend!

Posted by: BobLHead | January 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Bacsik? Who cares about Tim Redding? And who cares about Bonds who is now as stigmatized as Palmeiro and McGwire.

Posted by: leopard09 | January 28, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sad show if your host is F.P. Santangelo and(Ex-Blue Jays GM) Tim Redding(Ex- fill in your team) as your guess.....

Posted by: ENJOYA | January 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe we won the game in extra innings so who cares!!!!!! We're on the way up and Bonds is out of baseball.

Posted by: MeatShalom | January 28, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked me the other day who gave up #756 to Bonds. I knew it was a Nat but forgot who it was until I googled it. Then this piece came out.

I still remember that the Dodgers Al Downing gave up #715 to Hank Aaron on 4/8/74 though. I was a 12 year old kid glued to the TV that night.

I still respect Hank Aaron and still consider him the King.

Posted by: bbride1 | January 28, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Look, everyone who's watched Mike Bacsik pitch knows that how he pitched to Barry Bonds is how he pitches in general. He is not a good major league pitcher. End of story.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 29, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

What if (crazy idea) he made a bad pitch?

Posted by: Dlewis10 | January 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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