Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Listening to Vin Scully call his final innings was truly heaven on Earth

Thank you Vin for blessing us with your 67 years in the booth. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vin Scully makes no bones about his faith in God and man...with baseball somewhere there in the middle. He came to the end of his 67-year career in San Francisco Sunday, calling the final game for his beloved Dodgers against the Giants, the team he...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...

Slouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lady

About halfway through Monday’s presidential debate, I expected to see Hillary dancing off rooftop tiles and vaulting from the tops of trees. That didn’t happen, though she did get Donald to say: “I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very,...

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...

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

The former XTERRA World Champion takes home a gold and silver from Rio’s paralympic games. By Andrew J. Pridgen I don’t care much for movie stars or models, mostly because any adulation from me would go unreturned — famous people are like the opposite of dogs. I don’t get the butterflies if I run into a politician or a financier — and I...

Go Watch Good (Cheap) Baseball

If you're not buying $6 tickets to see your home team play September baseball...then what ARE you doing (and don't say waiting for Divorce to start on HBO. Written by Kyle Magin If you’re in the proximity of good baseball, and especially good affordable baseball, why the hell aren’t you going to it? Really? On Monday night, with StubHub tickets available in both...

For Tanya

Mother, survivor, teacher, community activist, writer and editor Tanya Canino passed away on Friday, Sept. 9. She was 55. By Andrew J. Pridgen It was no secret that Tanya Canino and I didn’t share the same newsroom philosophy. Also, she took my job. So, yeah, we had kind of a rough start. For most of 2007, I was interim editor of...

20 years after his death, the changes Tupac called for aren’t the ones that came

...Tupac was killed September 13, 1996 and things have yet to get better. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up in the moment of excess conversation. If anyone ever wants to know what it was like, I point them to a pair of Ethan Hawke (the ‘90s prince of goatees and drippy bangs and slack) movies, Reality Bites and Before Sunrise....

Fifteen years on

I'm drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue. Once you've fallen from classical virtue. Won't have a soul to wake up and hold you. — Rufus Wainwright By Andrew J. Pridgen Paul’s sister was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. On the morning of September 11, 2001, she was on her way to work and her brother was already at his desk. She...

Born to run (and be a mom)

It is oft said every journey starts with a single step. That’s not true. It starts with three. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was on time or early for all of Robin’s OB appointments while she was pregnant — a first for me — with the exception of the 40-week. She told me that morning I didn’t have to go, that the last...

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