Dykstra: Back to the Well on This Pick
Certainly, the vast majority of you are aware that Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run on May 28, passing Babe Ruth as the second-leading career home run producer, behind Hank Aaron's 755.
Lost in the hoopla was the pronouncement of such. Dave Flemming, 28 years old, is the youngest play-by-play announcer in Major League Baseball. He broadcast the Giants' games for their flagship station, KNBR, with veteran Jon Miller, best known for his Sunday night ESPN baseball broadcasts with Joe Morgan.
Imagine the adrenaline rush experienced by young Flemming as he announced the launch, descent, and landing of the mammoth 455-foot bomb by Bonds to dead center, which moved him ahead of Ruth. But unbeknownst to Flemming, only his partners in the booth actually heard "the call." Evidently, at the very instant Bonds' historic blast took flight, Flemming's hand-held microphone ceased to function, depriving untold thousands of Bay Area fans the opportunity to experience "the call" first-hand.
At age 28, Flemming was poised to make the deepest "deep in the money call," which he believed he did. Sadly, "the call" did not go through. In essence, history will reflect that it was never made. Is this an omen for the long-term yield on the Barry Bonds, who will almost certainly have to return for another year to have a legitimate chance to break Aaron's record? Only the future will provide us with that answer.Clearly, Bonds faces a lot of headwinds in his pursuit of "Hammerin' Hank's" hallowed record, which leads to my pick this week: Headwaters (HW). The last time I discussed Headwaters was back on April 25, when the stock closed at $33.89. The stock then rallied in anticipation of its earnings announcement May 8, trading as high as $36 on May 3 through May 9, the day after Headwaters said all of its major businesses reported revenue increases for the quarter. By segment, sales of coal combustion products increased 21% to $58.5 million, while sales of construction materials rose 21% to $131.7 million, and revenue from alternative energy rose 23% to $79.5 million.
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