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05/28/06 8:52 PM ET
Kim takes Bonds' 715th with good nature
Teammate teases pitcher before historic homer
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim was immortalized for giving up Barry Bonds' 715th homer. But fellow Korean pitcher Sun-Woo Kim will feel -- in his wallet, whenever the two have dinner -- for a long time. The Kims, as well as the Rockies, were able to joke about the fourth-inning shot that put Bonds ahead of Babe Ruth and into second place on the all-time list. That's because Colorado ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Giants, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park. After the Rockies scored six runs in the top of the fourth -- one on Byung-Hyun Kim's two-out single -- Sun-Woo Kim sidled up to his friend and cracked a joke. "He said, 'Hey, B.K., we've got a six-run lead," Byung-Hyun Kim said. "'It's just one home run, and we win.' I said, 'Shut up.' He said, 'All the [relief] pitchers have no pressure,' and I said, 'Shut up.' "He owes me dinner, 10 times. He said, 'Oh, I didn't mean it.' Well, 20 times." Before Bonds cleared the Babe -- only Hank Aaron's 755 is ahead of him -- he had gone 0-for-9 with six walks, including one in the first inning Sunday, against Kim. Bonds crushed a 90 mph fastball an estimated 445 feet to center field. The location of the homer impressed Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "All I know is you saw balls hammered today to center field," Hurdle said. "You saw some doubles, you saw a triple, you saw a lot of F8s [scorekeeping code for a flyout to center field]. "You saw where his ball landed? It's a whole different deal. He's still got substantial power." The player with the best view of the homer was center fielder Ryan Spilborghs, called up from Triple-A before the game. "I had goose bumps, one of the most incredible baseball moments I've ever had," said Spilborghs, who had his own big moment when he knocked a two-run triple to help the Rockies grab the lead. Spilborghs said when Bonds hit it, he thought he had a chance to make the catch before "I looked up and it was about 12 rows back." Two innings later, with lefty Tom Martin throwing in the bullpen, Hurdle stayed with Kim and Bonds launched a single off the right-field wall. Hurdle would have gone to Martin if two were on base, but just one was on, so he let Kim pitch to him. Martin, however, got a laugh out of the situation. "Some of the guys [in the crowd] were like, 'You're going to give up 716,'" Martin said. "I said, 'It doesn't mean as much as 715, does it?' They shut up after that. They couldn't rag me." After the game, Kim had the satisfaction of listening as Sun-Woo Kim had to answer for his pre-homer joke.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.