Chiropractor Key to Bonds' Power?
above headline excerpt is from the June 10, 2006 "Giants Notebook" section
of the San Francisco Chronicle. This story reports on Dr. Ron Mitchell, a
chiropractor who travels with the San Francisco Giants baseball team as
their team chiropractor. The story starts by noting that Dr. Mitchell
loves to watch Bonds hit home runs and during Bond's recent chase of Babe
Ruth's record, Mitchell would stop adjusting, and run outside to see Bonds
at bat. (photo by Agência Brasil)
Dr. Mitchell is present at
the games adjusting players. The story also notes that pitcher, Jason
Schmidt, also loves to get adjusted and typically does so during the games
to avoid the rush of other players who get adjusted before the games.
Ironically, Dr. Mitchell missed both Barry Bonds' 715th and 716th home runs
as he was in the clubhouse adjusting Schmidt.
The story noted that Jason
Schmidt offered to halt the chiropractic session when Bonds was at bat
chasing home run number 715, but Mitchell showed his dedication and
responded, "No, let's do what we've got to do. Let's get you treated and get
you ready." The article reported that a few pitches later Bonds hit
his 715th home run. After missing seeing the historic home run Dr.
Mitchell commented, "Schmidty looked and me and laughed, and I laughed, and
we kind of blew it off and that was it."
It was a few days later when
Dr. Mitchell was once again adjusting Jason Schmidt while Bonds was at bat
that Bonds hit number 716. After this repeat performance all Dr. Mitchell
could say was, "There goes the next one."
In typical baseball
superstition, the players even joked about it saying that they were going to
schedule Schmidt for an adjustment with Dr. Mitchell whenever the Giants are
behind so that Bonds would hit a home run and win the game.
Even Barry Bonds himself
found the situation amusing saying, "I'm going to have to get on the table
with him." Jason Schmidt, however, felt bad having caused Dr. Mitchell to
miss two historic sporting events. Schmidt commented, "I kind of
felt bad. ... He takes a lot of pride on working on Barry, so I felt kind of
bad he wasn't able to be out there at the time. He's been out there so many
times, and it's like, it's not going to happen this time, so let's take our