First off, props to Ichiro for breaking Sisler’s record, he is a classy and humble superstar.
But, with all due respect to his amazing accomplishment, his season pales in comparison to Superman, who is also looking to make history. Ichiro has reached base just over 300 times, an outstanding figure. Anytime you reach base 300 times in a season, you have been dominant.
With last night’s three walks, Bonds has now reached base 373 times (135 hits, 228 walks, 9 hit-by-pitch, at least 1 time by reaching on an error), leaving him 6 away from Babe Ruth’s 81 year-old record of 379 times on base, set during his historic 1923 season. If Jim Tracy’s approach to Bonds doesn’t change, Bonds will set the record in the second inning of Sunday’s game.
(If anybody has Bonds’ total number of times reaching by error, post a backtalk and I’ll amend this post)
In the meantime, the Giants continued their quest to make some history of their own, beating the Dodgers 4-2 in the first round of their heavyweight three-game set. As I wrote yesterday, Reuter had been on a roll, but it wasn’t the outside corner that made the difference for Woody, it was the Dodgers impatience. I think Woody threw about six pitches per inning through the first two times through the lineup, as hitter after hitter went down.
Tonight, it’s Tomko’s turn. He suffered a setback in his last turn, but Chavez Ravine is the kind of place that can have a settling effect on a pitcher. If the Dodgers try the same approach with Tomko, swinging at everything, they might have more success, as his fastball, strike one attitude could be exploited.