Baseball records reveal that it was the first time any major league batter had been walked intentionally with the bases loaded since July 23, 1944, when Giants manager Mel Ott had the Cubs' Bill (Swish) Nicholson walked in the second game of a doubleheader after Nicholson had already hit four home runs.
Showalter admitted he had never ordered or seen such a move before, but it was more than an impulsive decision. He explained after the game against the Giants that he would have walked Bonds with runners on second and third leading by one run, so why not do it with the bases loaded and ahead by two? "We've got a run to play with and Olson's just about out of gas," Showalter said. "What do you think has a better chance of happening: Barry getting a base hit or Olson walking the next batter? It was an unorthodox move, but just because it hasn't been done isn't a reason to do it or not do it. It doesn't make me right or wrong because it worked."
As for Bonds, he addressed the situation the following day. "I've had a whole night to think about it, and I still don't know what to say," Bonds said.
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