10/20/2002 7:44 pm ET
MLBeat: Another blast for Bonds
Giant unloads on Percival in ninth inning
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barry Bonds hit a home run Sunday night, and that's not at all surprising to anyone.
The fact that Bonds' home run came in the ninth inning off closer Troy Percival and landed some 485 feet from home plate -- if it ever did land -- was somewhat surprising to the Angels, as they admitted after their 11-10 victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.
Percival went at Bonds with a simple plan.
"I said, 'I'm going after him. I'm not walking him,'" Percival said. "I said I was going to throw the ball as hard as I can right down the middle of the plate. I think I supplied all the power there. That's what I'm going with."
Bonds crushed the first pitch deep into the right-field pavilion, prompting right fielder Tim Salmon to say, as was clear to all astute lip-readers watching the game on national TV, "Oh my God. That's the farthest ball I've ever seen hit."
Salmon clarified his statements a tad in the post-game press conference, saying, "That was the farthest ball I've ever seen hit in this ballpark, for sure.
"He's awesome, man. You just can't help [it]; as a player on the other side, you become a fan. You know something special's going to happen. Hopefully, he doesn't hurt us and take the lead."
That's exactly what Percival was thinking. The closer had an 11-9 lead, and he had gotten Rich Aurilia and Jeff Kent on flyouts.
"You get the first two guys out, and it doesn't matter how far he hits it, then you go after the next guy," Percival said.
When asked exactly how far it did go, center fielder Darin Erstad didn't get very specific.
"It was far," Erstad said. "What can you say? He's got 600-plus home runs."
Slippery slope: There was a lot of talk Sunday about the slippery, rubberized surface that coats the warning track that curls from slightly behind third base to behind the plate and out to first.
Giants first baseman J.T. Snow went hard after Salmon's foul popup in the fifth inning of Game 1, slipped on the surface, fell on his rump, then got back up to make a crucial catch.
After the game and into Sunday, however, people were not happy about the track.
"I was just saying after the game, after that play happened, that that's dangerous, whatever they call that stuff," Snow said Saturday. "I'm surprised that nobody caught that or saw that, because I would hate for somebody to get hurt and miss a chance at playing in the World Series. I don't think that's up to Major League standards, that tarp or that turf or whatever you call it around the field."
Angels third baseman Troy Glaus said he had an idea of what might have caused Snow's fall.
"The track is a little slick if you wear plastic spikes, which I do as well," Glaus said. "But it's happened a couple times. Brad Fullmer slipped over there, Ersty [Darin Erstad] slipped over there once, then J.T. last night. If you've got metal spikes on, it's not a big deal. For the guys who wear plastics, you just have to kind of be careful when you go over there."
Manager Mike Scioscia didn't hesitate to offer his opinion on the matter.
"I don't like it," Scioscia said. "I don't like any part of a baseball field being a synthetic surface, whether it's on the playing surface or warning track or anywhere."
Sele update: The shoulder surgery on Angels right-hander Aaron Sele, originally thought to be exploratory, actually was corrective.
Sele underwent surgery Friday to repair the partial tear of the supraspinatus muscle and labrum in his right rotator cuff. The surgery was performed by Angels medical director Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Health South Clinic in Los Angeles.
Sele, 32, is expected to begin rehabilitation in two weeks and should be ready for Spring Training. In his first season in Anaheim, Sele went 8-9 with one complete game, one shutout and a 4.89 ERA in 26 starts. He was on the disabled list for five weeks toward the end of the year.
Woot's world: Scioscia was asked to comment on Angels designated hitter Shawn Wooten's long journey to the Major Leagues, which included a season with an independent league team in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
"The only time I ever heard of Moose Jaw, I was a hockey fan growing up in Philadelphia," Scioscia said. "Some of those players, I think, came through Moose Jaw. So I was actually aware of the name Moose Jaw, but I've never been through Moose Jaw. But if this doesn't pan out here, you never know ..."
Good trade: Angels starter Jarrod Washburn, a Wisconsin native and a Green Bay Packers fanatic, received a treasured gift Friday night -- an autographed jersey from his NFL idol, Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Washburn's college coach arranged it with Favre, who will get an autographed Washburn jersey in return. Washburn said he did not wear the jersey underneath his Angels gear while taking the loss in Game 1 of the World Series.
"Maybe I should have," he said.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.