Barry Bonds provides hilarious response as Derek Jeter asks what would occur if he confronted Satchel Paige

Barry Bonds provides hilarious response as Derek Jeter asks what would occur if he confronted Satchel Paige

The legendary Rickwood Subject in Birmingham, Alabama, was the positioning for Main League Baseball Thursday night time, and the Negro leagues have been high of thoughts given the diamond’s significance to its historical past. 

The Fox Sports activities panel of Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Derek Jeter and host Kevin Burkhardt mentioned the magnitude of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants enjoying at Rickwood, particularly contemplating the loss MLB Corridor of Famer Willie Mays on Tuesday night time, as he performed on the sector with the Birmingham Black Barons. 

Nonetheless, when talking of nice gamers from the Negro leagues, the nice Satchel Paige is all the time somebody who involves thoughts. He was a Black Barons pitcher to start out his skilled profession earlier than finally breaking into MLB late in his profession. 

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Pittsburgh Pirates Barry Bonds, #24, at bat in opposition to the San Diego Padres. San Diego. (Richard Mackson /Sports activities Illustrated through Getty Photographs)

The panel was joined by the league’s all-time residence runs chief Barry Bonds, Mays’ godson, and Ken Griffey Jr. Jeter determined to direct a query at Bonds. 

“Inform me proper now, on the spot, what would you do in opposition to Satchel Paige?” Jeter requested Bonds. 

The person who launched 762 homers in his profession over 22 seasons didn’t hesitate. In truth, he was jokingly insulted Jeter would even ask. 

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“Me?! Gone,” he stated shortly, to which the remainder of the panel began to snicker. “You could have misplaced your thoughts, Jeter. Gone. It’s easy. Gone. Examine it on ESPN. 

“You gotta consider in your self. If I don’t consider in me, who gonna consider in me?”

Griffey stated he would have taken a special route if he confronted Paige, a person who was rumored to hit 105 mph together with his fastball and constantly hit triple digits earlier than it grew to become frequent in as we speak’s fashionable period. 

Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson

Satchel Paige of the Monarchs, left, talks with Josh Gibson of the Homestead Grays earlier than a sport in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, in 1941. (Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Photographs)

“I’m drag bunting,” Griffey stated smiling. “We gonna race to first.” 

Paige was simply 20 years previous when he broke out for the Black Barons in 1927, proudly owning a 2.39 ERA over 20 video games (10 begins). It was not till 1933 when the 26-year-old posted a league-best 1.94 ERA in his first All-Star season with the Pittsburgh Crawfords within the Negro Nationwide League II. 

In 1948, at age 42, Paige made his debut with the then-Cleveland Indians, which stays the oldest debut in MLB historical past. Paige would earn a 2.48 ERA in 72.2 innings that season and adopted it up with a 3.04 ERA in 31 video games in 1949.  

Nonetheless, the sweet-swinging Bonds has a sense the warmth from Paige wouldn’t have fazed him. 

Bonds’ profession statistics have been scarred resulting from his admitted steroids use. Nonetheless, he was nonetheless among the best to ever step foot right into a batter’s field, as his quick bat may make a baseball fly nearly anyplace in any ballpark. 

Barry Bonds and Satchel Paige side by side

Barry Bonds, left, was fairly assured when requested if he would hit one of many best pitchers of all time, Satchel Paige. (Getty Photographs)

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After all, we’ll by no means know what that matchup would appear to be in actual life, however it’s honest to say Paige would seemingly be assured in his talents, simply as Bonds is. 

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