VIDEO: Remembering When Barry Bonds Got Intentionally Walked During the 2004 Home Run Derby
Sometimes an athlete is so good at what they do that the only choice for the opposing team is to take them out of the equation. For football, it's double covering a receiver. In basketball, it's fouling a player that is more likely to miss a free throw than a shot from the floor. In baseball, it's walking a big hitter, so they give up a single base instead of a home run.
Of course, Barry Bonds had this happen to him a lot in his career, and rightfully so. However, the most hilarious time this happened was during the 2004 Home Run Derby.
There's nothing to do but laugh in this situation, and Bonds took the joke well. He saw this happen plenty of times during the 2004 season, which was the year he won his seventh MVP. Bonds finished the season with 45 home runs, equal to his total the season prior.
It's possible that this goof threw Bonds off his game for the rest of the Derby. He finished just fourth overall. It was Baltimore Oriole Miguel Tejada that won the entire thing and hit the longest shot, of 497 feet.
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