Monday, June 25, 2007

Another Reason to Dislike Matt Herges

Former Dodger Matt Herges always seemed like a nice enough guy when he was on the Dodgers (1999-2001); decent enough ERA (in the low- to mid-3s in his final two years), and he had that whole brother-in-law of (former Dodger ROY) Todd Hollandsworth thing working for him. And then he became a Giant, which made me dislike him (thought the 5.23 ERA and 8 blown saves in 2004 definitely helped me like him again).

And then he goes out and says something like this to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which makes me dislike him even further. Herges, as it turns out, is not only pulling for Barry Bonds from his post with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox--he is also making sure the press knows he's cheering for Bonds, too:

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Barry Bonds will pass Hank Aaron in the next few months to become baseball's career home run king. And when he does, at least one person outside of Bonds' family will be happy for him.

Matt Herges was Bonds' teammate with the San Francisco Giants in 2004 and 2005. He said Bonds was a great teammate and he's pulling for him to break the record. Bonds is seven homers from tying Aaron's record of 755.

"Absolutely," said Herges, now with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. "To me, he was a good guy. He treated me well."

Herges, a 37-year-old right-handed pitcher with nine years of major league experience, has another reason to pull for Bonds. He is part of the legacy, as one of 441 pitchers against whom Bonds has homered.

On July 21, 2000, Bonds took Herges deep to right field for No. 477 while Herges was in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Herges. Rhymes with "dirges."


Anonymous said...

Orel is rooting for Barry Bonds also.