Sometimes The Best Trades Are The Ones That Don’t Happen

p1ericgagneap.jpgNow, as Giants fans, we’ve welcomed the likes of Orel Hershiser, Steve Finley and Darryl Strawberry from Chavez Ravine exile into the friendly confines of the Bay. But yesterday, it came out that the Giants may have shown some interest this past offseason in washed-up former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne. Now, the “source” of the rumor is Gagne, so take it with a grain of salt, but can you imagine a closer tandem of Gagne and Benitez? Yikes.

The good thing about this recent Gagne news is that gave the talented Henry Schulman brought up one of the better moments in recent Giants-Dodgers history:

On April 16, 2004, in San Francisco, Gagne started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. With a runner on first and one out, and Bonds unable to tie the game with one swing, Gagne decided to challenge him with fastballs that Bonds later called “straight cheddar.”

Bonds blasted a 101-mph fastball into McCovey Cove, just foul. The undeterred closer came back with one at 99 mph, and Bonds hit it over the center-field fence for his only career homer in 17 at-bats against Gagne.

And on that note–go Giants.

Ex-Dodgers closer Gagne: Giants displayed interest [SFGate]


One Response to Sometimes The Best Trades Are The Ones That Don’t Happen

  1. Jeremy says:

    As much as I hate the Dodgers, I could never bring myself to hate Gagne. His goofy intense Canadian attitude cracks me up. And goddamn, could that dude pitch. Serious heat, filthy change, and huge curveball. During his save streak, he was the most dominant pitcher in the League. And how can you hate a guy who took pride in going right after Barry? That at-bat was a classic.

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