Redding says Bacsik grooved Bonds's homer
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 MLB.com'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."
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