If the majority of the faces exiting AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon bore looks of disappointment, one pair bore looks of torture.
David Baum, 43, and his son, Jake Baum, 16, didn’t have the easy grimaces of fans who had merely endured the Giants losing the finale of their series with the Dodgers 6-3; they had careworn looks that come from enduring seven straight games of disappointment.
San Francisco was able to scrape out a successful 4-3 record in those games, but Barry Bonds remained one home run short of Babe Ruth in the pantheon of baseball sluggers with 713.
“We’ve scalped tickets to each of the games [during the homestand], and they’ve gotten progressively more expensive,” David said. “I thought we’d get to see the home run for sure, but I guess we won’t.”
With seven games in San Francisco, Bonds only took off the first. The uncharacteristic decision resulted in an uncharacteristic 1-for-18 slump at the plate. Bonds was 0-for-14 in the final five games of the homestand.
“We deserve something good out of [Bonds],” 23-year-old San Franciscan Dom Jessop said. “It’s like having a crazy girlfriend with this guy. He’s put us through a lot in the past year or so; we deserve some sort of a payoff.”
“I don’t understand what everyone’s complaining about,” countered Dodgers’ fan Donald Daulton, who drove six hours from Los Angeles to watch the series finale. “It’s a beautiful day; it’s a good game; and it’s the Dodgers against the Giants. This is pretty much as good as it gets. If people can’t see that, they don’t deserve to see baseball history.”