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Sunday, June 20, 2004

Chicken, McFly?

The Giants are a little peeved that the National League is afraid to pitch to Barry Bonds (he of the .614 OBP) so they've organized a protest.

The club will begin selling orange rubber chickens named "Walk'er" on Monday, when the Giants open a four-game series against division rival Los Angeles.

The chickens -- described as "your average fowl" -- will sell for $10, with proceeds going to the Giants Community Fund.

Their purpose? "To officially protest the number of intentional walks at SBC Park," the Giants said.

Entering Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox, Bonds had drawn a major league-leading 94 walks in 57 games, 51 intentional.

Really, if you look at the numbers you'll see that if you pitch Barry up-and-in you can beat him. He's the best hitter in the game, but he's still a man, and you're better off getting jacked every 9 or 10 at bats than putting him on base for free 3-4 times a game. His OBP is 140 points higher than the next highest hitter, Lance Berkman. That's out of proportion to his talent.