Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chase Utley’s Eddie Mathews Moment

How a silver fox back-up middle infielder currently hitting .237 is the MVP of the hottest team in baseball this decade. By Kyle Magin “If you think the world ended today, you don’t belong here.” Sportswriters saw that scrawled in chalk on a board in the visitors locker room at Yankee Stadium on August 25, 1968. Some Detroit Tiger had penned the...

California Baseball Weekly: Will I Am

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 wicker loveseats who play for the Padres. Best...

Thank God the Giants suck again

...I only wish my father had lived to see it. By Andrew J. Pridgen My mother and sister handled the day-to-day of my father’s cancer treatment. Living 280 miles away, I was pitching in on the weekends. Sometimes — though I know how this sounds and I know it wasn’t supposed to feel that way — I was brought in as babysitter. One such...

Do the Giants and Pablo Sandoval have an incurable case of biological imprinting?

In short, science says no. ...But that's far from the end of the explanation. By Andrew J. Pridgen Behavioral psychologist Nancy Kalish, Ph.D. recently wrote about a study she did on imprinting. Imprinting—for those who don’t read websites dedicated to celeb relationships, acai bowls, the best athleisure wear for a job interview and yoga poses in exotic parts of your living...

The Diamondbacks vs. the Rockies vs.The World

As June is about to bloom, the two best teams in baseball hail from the National League West and neither wears Dodger Blue or Giant Orange. How and why it happened in Phoenix and Denver. By Andrew J. Pridgen The pre-season narratives on the Diamondbacks and Rockies practically write themselves: Just cut-and-paste last year’s fourth/fifth-place predictions, sprinkle in something about...

Anatomy of a Marlins Sale

Investing big in coastal Dade County probably isn't the best idea today... but Jeb! and Jeter are determined to be knighted as MLB owners anyway. By Andrew J. Pridgen Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as well as New York Yankees...

Here are 5 things I will miss about Jeremy Affeldt

Baseball’s final weekend is full of implications and the most-anticipated Wild Card matchups...ever may not be determined until the season’s last out is recorded. But before we get to all that, a fond farewell to one of the all-time postseason greats, Jeremy Affeldt. By Andrew Pridgen Jeremy Affeldt was the current former San Francisco Giant I liked most. Could have...

Matt Bush, Shithead Hero

Baseball is a complicated sport...played by even more complicated individuals. Written by Kyle Magin Lost amid the #ourmoment celebrations in Toronto on Sunday night was the gutsy/freakish outing by Rangers’ losing pitcher Matt Bush. Bush, for those of you unacquainted with his story, is a washed-out 2004 first overall pick of the San Diego Padres. He’s also a demonstrable shithead. Picked originally as...

The real Hall of Famer is Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for Nintendo 64

Junior may have been a close-to-unanimous selection to Cooperstown this week, but his namesake video game was even more prolific. By Andrew J. Pridgen Like Andy Dufresne, Ken Griffey Jr. crawled through a river of shit of the PED era and came out clean on the other side. He was duly rewarded Wednesday with a close to unanimous election to...

The definitive case to shut the f*ck up about the universal DH

What is that Mark Twain said again about lies, damned lies and…. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are three words in the English language that make me react physically: Bennies (short for benefits or Eggs Benedict) Margs (short for margaritas) DH (short for designated hitter) Here is the worst sentence of all time: We were talking about the bennies at his new job over bennies...

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