Chiropractor Key to Bonds’ Power?

The 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 Agncia 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 chances.”