Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pints and Picks: MLB Who to Bet and Who to Forget 2017

Didn’t Kris Bryant just throw the ball that raised a million W flags at once? Looks like we’re back at it to find out which teams will eclipse their win total in 2017. Play Ball! Written by Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen AJ, Until about a month ago, I thought this baseball season was going to be a letdown. Last year...

San Francisco Giants make strange pitch with Gaylord Perry statue

...And 10+ other Giants who are now equally deserving to have their own seagull guano catcher. By Andrew J. Pridgen I can’t really feign too much outrage when it comes to last week’s Gaylord Perry statue unveiling at AT&T park when there are so many other mini-crimes committed within those inexplicable brick walls (I had no idea the industrial garbage...

Team USA Baseball is What’s Wrong With the WBC

Have we taken the joy out of the game from Little League on? Held up to the light of other baseball-loving nations, it certainly appears that way.  Written by Kyle Magin If you give the world fun baseball, the world will love baseball. Give the world the Jew Crew with their Mensch on the Bench and locker-room Seinfeld references and it’ll fall...

The diminishing importance of curses in the age of information

The Cubs and Indians have shown the surest formula to success is building with math and winning with heart. By Andrew J. Pridgen When is the last time you went to church? Was it last year? Christmas maybe? Perhaps when your grandmother was still around? Or maybe for your grandmother’s funeral? When you were there did it all seem strange? People trapped in...

Dave Roberts’ decision to pull Ross Stripling during a debut no-hitter bid was the right one—though not the fun one

The message boards are pulsing this morning but with 157 games left to go this season, the Dodgers’ first-year manager did the right thing by ignoring the record books—and the fans. By Andrew J. Pridgen On a drizzle-flecked Friday night that conjured memories of the black-and-white San Francisco you grew up reading about just left of the Macy’s ad, Los...

Watch Chase Utley slide through a river of media shit and came out clean on the other side

The two-game suspension will be overturned and the court of public opinion will help Chase Utley's image heal a lot faster than the leg of Ruben Tejada. Why? Because the slide was clean. By Kyle Magin Baseball is a dirty game played by dirty men contesting vast fortunes in literal dirt. The sooner you accept that as a premise for anything...

Pints and Picks Special Edition: Cubs vs. Indians and the end-of-the-world World Series

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #allstreaksmustpass By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, You and I talk a lot back on forth on this site and especially in this space about...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

California Baseball Weekly: A Giant Rock Slide

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 overripe avocados who play for the Padres. Best...

Requiem for A-Rod

The sad, quiet end of Alex Rodriguez’s career is his most endearing moment By Andrew J. Pridgen Like most baseball fans who refer to themselves as purists (purists, btw, are people who condemn others for doing exactly the same thing they would do...but are afraid to admit it) I have struggled, for decades now, with Alex Rodriguez and what his career...

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