The Home Run Derby presented by T-Mobile will take place tonight at Dodger Stadium.
This year, we’ve got the perfect mix of young talent and veteran experience.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t look back on past Home Run Derbies and all the exciting moments that took place during them.
There’s one in particular though that might not be super exciting, but it was quite hilarious.
The Score tweeted a video of Barry Bonds taking his hacks in the 2004 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
But before the San Francisco Giants slugger even got to take a swing, the man pitching to him decided to intentionally walk him.
Barry Bonds was so good, they intentionally walked him in the Home Run Derby. 🤣
— theScore (@theScore) July 18, 2022
If You Can’t Beat Him, Walk Him
It’s always nice to remember classic and funny moments from Derbies past.
But it goes to show how good Bonds truly was, with or without steroids.
He even scared the guy throwing to him in the Home Run Derby.
If you can’t beat him, walk him, even if it’s just the Derby.
Bonds was truly something else when it came to hitting.
Pitchers never wanted to give up a home run to him.
That was even the case in the 2004 Home Run Derby.
But it’s cool to see this moment played again.
It’s one of the funnier moments in Home Run Derby history, especially when the camera pans away from Bonds and onto some of his fellow All-Stars, who got a little bit of a chuckle out of Bonds being intentionally walked.
Perhaps whoever is throwing to Kyle Schwarber will intentionally walk him when he steps into the box tonight.
Can’t hurt, right?
We’ll see what happens tonight and if he ultimately gets the Bonds treatment.