Through the first four games of the 2019 MLB season, Christian Yelich is making a statement.
It's clear the second half of last season was no mirage for the Brewers' slugger. The 2018 National League MVP is just the sixth player in MLB history to start a season with home runs in four consecutive games. He joins Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013), and Trevor Story (2016).
Yelich's hot start gave us a flashback of better times, when the Giants' offense was good for more than just five runs in four games.
Remember how Barry Bonds started off the 2002 season? Let us remind you.
Bonds, of course, broke the single-season home run the year before with 73 long balls. But he wasn't done hitting dingers.
On Opening Day of the 2002 season, he picked up right where he left off.
Bonds went 3-for-4 with two home runs in a 9-2 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He went yard in the second inning against starting pitcher Kevin Brown, and then again in the seventh off reliever Omar Daal.
And that was just the beginning to what would be a ridiculous first series in Southern California.
What did Bonds do for an encore?
In Game 2 of the season, Bonds casually hit two more home runs, drove in four runs, and added two walks (one intentional). In the first 18 innings of the 2002 season, Bonds had four home runs and nine RBI.
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully couldn't help but marvel at the display of dominance Bonds was showing at Chavez Ravine.
The streak ended in Game 3 with Bonds *only* going 1-for-2 with a double. For those of you keeping track at home, he hit .750 (6-for-8) with four home runs, one double and nine RBI in three games against the Dodgers.
Oh, he hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Padres in the next game, the Giants' home opener.
Bonds went on to win his second of four straight NL MVP awards in 2002. At 37 years old, he hit .370 with 46 home runs and a 1.381 OPS.
There's Yelich hot and then there's Bonds hot. Whenever anyone finds a power surge, it's another reminder that nobody did it better than Barry.