Notes: Phillies followed Bonds' chase
Several on team were supportive of lefty who gave up No. 756
PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Coste, Clay Condrey and Shane Victorino all had the same thought as they watched Barry Bonds become baseball's home-run king:Way to fight, Mike Bacsik. "I love that he challenged him," Victorino said. "I love that he said, 'I'm going after him.' Give him credit. He gave him a curveball at 3-2, and Bonds fouled it off. Then I was like no way he gives him a fastball, and sure enough, he did." The trio of Phillies have fond memories of the journeyman lefty, who spent the 2005 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and they wouldn't expect anything less from the son of a Major Leaguer (Mike Bacsik Sr.). Bacsik's 'it's nice to be remembered for being a part of history' attitude was expected. "That's an honor in itself," Victorino said. "It's going to affect him, but not to the extent that it might somebody else," added Condrey. If Condrey had been the guy? "I probably wouldn't have a TV after that," he said. "I wouldn't want to see it. I'd bust all the TVs, then have to rent one for [fishing show] Bassmaster Classic." As usual, Chris Coste offered a different perspective as a fellow catcher, and wanted acknowledgement for catcher Brian Schneider, who called the pitch to Bonds. "I thought of that last night because, as a catcher, I watch other catchers," Coste said. "As much as Bacsik is going to be there, Brian Schneider is going to be in the highlights as a part of baseball history. To Schneider's credit, his glove started here [low] and ended here [much higher]." Coste and Bacsik go back further than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, having played together at Double-A Akron, when both were in the Indians organization. Manager Charlie Manuel also knows Bacsik from the lefty's rookie season with Cleveland in 2001. Coste and Bacsik stay in touch often, texting each other after each one does anything. Coste is trying to find the right words. "I wanted to send one right away, but I figured he was getting a lot," Coste said. "He handled it unbelievably. It doesn't surprise me. I don't think he was happy to be the guy, but he understood the situation. It's not like he's Bill Buckner. He's the 446th pitcher to give up a home run to Barry Bonds. It just happened to be that one." Still a big number: The allegations of illegal substances will always surround Bonds, but that doesn't matter to those in the game. "A great player hit a big home run," Manuel said. "That's how I look at it. If he feels [that his record isn't tainted] in his mind, who am I to question, if I don't know? I haven't seen anything, so how can I accuse somebody of something? I look at it as, this guy as a tremendous hitter. He was a star player when he first signed to play." Ryan Howard, who idolizes Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr., agrees. "Everybody is going to have their own opinion, but when it's all said and done in the record books, that's what it's going to say. If it's in the book, it's a true record." Firsts and more firsts: The season of firsts continued for J.D. Durbin, when he added a save to his growing list of accomplishments. The right-hander tossed the final three innings of Tuesday's 11-1 win over Florida, lowering his ERA with the Phillies to 4.33. Add the save to Durbin's growing list of firsts that includes his first win, complete game, shutout and hit. "It's been an eventful year," Durbin said. "I'm glad the Phillies gave me a shot this year to contribute. I've been waiting for a long time and I feel like part of a Major League team." Durbin was drafted by the Twins in the June 2000 First-Year Player Draft, and first played in the Majors in 2004. He's making an impression this season, and getting equal enjoyment from hearing from his family members. "It's nice to hear from family members and friends every time I do something," Durbin said. "It's pretty cool to see me family enjoying this as much as I am, [to] hear them say that I'm from Coronado High School [Scottsdale, AZ]." The right tune: Brett Myers may eventually settle on an entrance song along the lines of AC/DC's "Hells Bells," but he knows this much: KC & The Sunshine Band's "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" won't cut it. That's the ditty Myers heard when he entered Wednesday's game to protect Philadelphia's 6-4 lead, and the closer wasn't happy. "Can't you tell?" Myers said, then continued the discussion with a team representative. He suggested that the media run a poll to select a more appropriate melody. The right-hander has entered to "Ghost Riders In The Sky" (The Outlaws) and Children of the Grave (White Zombie), and is open to suggestions. Chris Coste is in favor of an identity for the team's combustible personality. A proper fire and brimstone song such as Trevor Hoffman's anthem in San Diego is needed. "[The song] sets the mood and gets the crowd into it," Coste said. "When you're in San Diego and we hear Hells Bells ... obviously, we're looking to beat them, but at the same time, I go to the top step. It's on." Neat nugget: Bacsik Sr. faced Hank Aaron during the future Hall of Famer's final season, on Aug. 23, 1976, in Arlington, Texas. Aaron had reached 755 homers by then, and Bacsik denied Aaron 756.
His son couldn't do the same, 21 years later, when Bonds passed Aaron.
Coming up: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick faces the Marlins for the first time in his career on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET. He'll be opposed by Marlins right-hander Sergio Mitre.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.