Knight Moves

Sir Sidney Ponson of Aruba cost the Giants a king's ransom. Is he worth it?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 11:43 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine
Bill Clinton finished his chat with Barry Bonds and made his way through the visitors clubhouse at Shea Stadium, posing for pictures and joking about his own lack of outfield skills. (Scouting report: two left feet.) Before he left, the former president stopped to say hello to another dignitary: Sir Sidney Ponson, recently knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for service to his native Aruba. Turns out, Ponson's exchange with Clinton was the highlight of his night.

In his second start for the Giants since being acquired from Baltimore on deadline day, Ponson got smacked around by the Mets. He gave up pitcher Aaron Heilman's first major league hit, threw a wild pitch, failed on a half-dozen attempts to drop a bunt, neglected to cover first base and struggled with his control. "This was the worst I've pitched," he said afterward, slumped in a chair in front of his locker. "If I don't keep the ball down, a Single-A team can beat me."

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