Mr. Bonds remained confounding as ever, hitting two mammoth homeruns last night, putting him just two behind Hank Aaron as the Gigantes head up to Milwaukee (of all places), where Bonds won’t be the biggest dick in the park (see above). Don’t worry though; with the help of three errors, the Bad News Bears Giants still managed to lose. [ESPN]
Jay Mariotti, always the opinionated one, wrote a decent column about the “creep of all creeps” turning “baseball history into a funeral procession.” [Chicago Sun-Times]
Gavin Newsom announced that a special Barry Bonds flag will adorn City Hall as the slugger nears the record. Newsom had this to say on the matter: “I think I speak for all San Franciscans when I say, ‘Go Barry.'” Fabulous, Gav. Just fabulous. Thanks for speaking for us. No, really. [SFGate]
According to Jayson Stark’s Rumblings and Grumblings, Matt Morris’ trade value is plummetting faster than the Darfur real estate market. Says Stark: “But in five starts since [being 7-3, 2.56 after 13 starts], Morris is 0-2 with an 8.13 ERA — the highest ERA of any NL starter who can match his innings pitched. So it’s obvious, says one scout, that ‘the wheels are starting to come off a little bit.’ But for teams in a big ballpark (Dodgers, Padres, Braves, Mariners, etc.), he might still be a fit. At least, said an official of one club with a laugh, ‘He’s one of the best of the worst.'” [ESPN]
Also worth noting in the above Stark article: the possibility that both Bonds and A-Rod might be Angels next year.
Eric Byrnes will most likely become a free agent at year’s end. Can the Giants please please sign him during this go-around? That’s it. We’re starting the “Bring Byrnesy Bayside” Movement. [The FanHouse]
You’ve probably heard by now, but during the All-Star festivities, the SFPD made 131 arrests related to prostitution and child exploitation. [With Leather]
Shockingly, the Brewers say they won’t treat Bonds differently. They’ll throw three righties (Jeff Suppan, Dave Bush and Claudio Vargas) at the Giants. If you ask us, Claudio Vargas seems like the perfect name to be in the record books next to 755. It’s just got that ring to it. [ESPN]