Current Colorado Rockie, former Houston Astro, Tim Redding decided to accuse former teammate Mike Bacsik of grooving a pitch an a succesfull attempt to give up Barry Bond’s 756th homerun.
“Mike Bacsik is a stand-up guy,” Redding said. “He’s a little quirky, but he’s a nice guy — means well. I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I mean, every ball that Barry hit — the ball was center cut, right down the middle, fastball.
“You know, I think he was — maybe inside — he was thinking he was going to get a little bit more publicity and maybe, you know, some money out of it — appearances, stuff like that. But, you know, it is what it is.”
With no proof or way of gaining proof I don’t understand why Redding would go out on a limb and say that. The only reason to think it might be true is that Bacsik’s dad face Hank Aaron when Aaron was at 755. Maybe Bacsik wanted to cement that 755 link. But if that’s the case wouldn’t he want to follow in his dad’s footsteps and NOT allow 756? I like Tim Redding. Probably just because he’s a former Astro and I have his autograph, but I like the guy. I don’t know much about Bacsik. I tried writing him once and sending a card for him to sign and had no success, but I don’t hold that against guys. Plus generally he signs well through the mail. So this is no attack on Redding and it’s not a Bacsik fan rushing to the defense of his player. This is just a “what the hell, Tim?”
In a phone interview Bacsik defended himself and his story is more logical than Tim’s.
“Obviously, I didn’t try to give it up,” Bacsik said when reached by phone on Thursday. “It was a 3-2 pitch, and the pitch before I threw a curveball that was just foul. Did I throw the ball good that night? No, but to say I tried to give up the home run I don’t think is very smart. I was fighting for my life in the big leagues. I thought I might get sent down.”
We’ll never know the truth unless someone can produce a videotape of him saying he’s gonna try and give up a homer to Bonds. If you come across one of those please let me break the story.