The broadcast went dead at the worst of all moments, and thousands of Bay Area fans listening on radio missed Barry Bonds' 715th homer.
They could not hear the radio account Sunday because the microphone of play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming stopped working at precisely the wrong time.
Flemming had begun the call at the beginning of Bonds' fourth-inning at-bat before his hand-held mike quit during the broadcast on the Giants' flagship station, KNBR.
"Three-and-two. Finley runs. The payoff pitch, a swing and a drive to deep cen ..." -- that's all Northern California listeners got when Bonds passed Babe Ruth to move into second place on the career homers list.
Monday, May 29, 2006
PROOF THAT GOD LOVES BASEBALL
Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run over the weekend. The Associated Press reports on how the moment played on radio:
Flemming, the broadcaster, was able to crack wise about the glitch: "If you only heard the rest of the call. It was an unbelievable call. Too bad we don't have the proof."