Out of town sports scribes speculate that Bobby Bonds, stuck on HR 754 as the Giants come into LA for a homestand, will be heckled and booed in Chavez Ravine if he breaks Aaron's record. Others feel for Vin Scully, as Tom Verducci writes at SI.com:
Firstly, poor Vin Scully. The gentlemanly Dodgers announcer, whose call of Hank Aaron's 715th home run is one of his seminal moments, is on record as having wished not to call Bonds' 715th, and now he he has to face the prospect of calling 756 without disdain interrupting his usual eloquence? Scully found such perfect perspective for Aaron's historic shot -- a black man setting the record in the Deep South -- that surely he would have to put Bonds' record-breaker in the context of steroids. How would that sound at the Smithsonian?
The only disdain I ever hear from Scully is when a beach ball fall into the field from the stands, and that has even lightened up the last few years. Still, it will be worth watching just to hear Scully make another call in a career that has seen just about everything in this Dodger-Giant rivalry, including a move from NY.
Elsewhere, a challenge to Dodger fans was made: "This is going to be a test whether they're going to show their knowledge, appreciation and love for the game -- like they are passionate for the game -- or are they going to go the other way?" says Dave Roberts, a Giants outfielder and once a Dodger from 2002 until the first half of 2004. ESPN
Game time is 7:30 at Dodger Stadium. 13-1 Penny is starting for the Dodgers.
Meanwhile in SF: It's just been reported that former 49er head coach Bill Walsh has died at age 75 from with leukemia.
Other Rival: SI is reporting that the Boston Celtics are close to nabbing Kevin Garnett, who earlier in the year was rumored to be looked at as a possible Laker.