A Barry Bonds Contest

Who will give up Barry Bonds’s 756th home run?

The first person who correctly identifies the pitcher who winds up surrendering Bonds’s record-breaker will get a signed copy of Freakonomics.

One guess per comment, please.

And a related question: for all the talk about not wanting to be the pitcher who gives up Bonds’s 756th, would it really be such a terrible thing? I remember Al Downing mainly because he’s the one who gave up Hank Aaron’s 715th HR. Wouldn’t you think that Downing derives considerable value — name recognition, more invitations to card shows, etc. — from having given up that HR? It’s not like it’s such a black mark to give up a home run to a hitter who’s hit more than 700 of them. From Downing’s Wikipedia page (yes, take it with a grain of salt): “Downing was a radio broadcaster for the Dodgers through 2005. As of 2006, he remains on the Dodgers Speaker’s Bureau.”

Also: after all the hullabaloo about whether Bud Selig would try to witness Bonds’s record-breaking home run, it’s worth noting what George Vecsey wrote not long in the N.Y. Times [sub. req’d.]:

When Aaron passed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 in 1974, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, for whatever reason, sent his assistant, Monte Irvin, a gesture that was widely interpreted as a bungle and an insult.


Kevin Y

MATT CAPPS

adammets02

Matt Morris

T-Man78

Brad Thompson -- reliever for St. Louis

T-Man78

Scratch that ... they don't play St.Louis. I'll take Billy Traber, reliever for Nationals.

tbillsdad

Doug Brocail - San Diego Padres, old guy v. old guy. 2 homers in 11 career at bats.

beckytaps

Trevor Hoffman.

number1guru

Ray King of the Nats

paulmil11

justin hampson

Victor

Cla Meredith

alecjarvis

Jason Marquis.

cbk25

Tim Redding

bertrecords

Jon Rauch.

joshuajscheid

Chad Cordero - though I am really hoping for a federal indictment so that he cannot play and cannot break Hammerin' Hank's Hallowed Record.

iamron

Ian Snell of the Pirates

rmbjspd

shawn chacon, pittsburgh. I'd be stunned if he hits two in the next week.

JustMe

Luis Ayala of the Nationals.

dngshouse

damaso marte

kevinklee

Cla Merideth

the09domer

salomon torres

mikos317

Noah Lowry