A year after playing a bit part in baseball history, pitcher Mike Bacsik recently found himself in a setting far removed from the eyes of national media and a sold-out major-league park.
Stationed in the Cooper Stadium bullpen, along the first base line, the 30-year-old Clippers reliever had just demonstrated proper fielding technique to a group of glove-toting youngsters. Most had no idea of Bacsik's link to baseball immortality and Barry Bonds.
Of course, the fact that he's here in Columbus as opposed to the bigs probably has something to do with the fact that, according to the article anyway, the pitch he threw to Bonds was "an 86 mph fastball." That's not exactly the kind of heat that's going to keep you in Major League meal money.
But at least Bacsik seems to have a pretty good attitude about it all:
"Do you know what the most important thing about baseball is?" Bacsik said. "It's about having fun. If you're not having fun you shouldn't be playing."When I was a kid I wondered how Eric Show felt giving up Pete Rose's historic hit. Signs point to "not very damn good." Obviously Show had way bigger problems than 4,192, but it's still good to see that Bacsik is cool with this little place in history.