Saturday, April 29, 2017

California Baseball Weekly: In the Arms of An Angel

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 tomato cans who play for the Padres....

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...

The 50 locations more convenient to Super Bowl 50 than San Francisco

You didn’t actually stay in San Francisco this week in anticipation of taking fewer than five hours or spending less than $750 to get to the game Sunday, did you? DID YOU???? By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody wants anything to do with Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, least of all San Francisco. Here’s why: The Yorks took Goldman Sachs...

What a long not-so-strange trip it’s been for Joe Nathan

As the Giants try to stop their second-half slide, they turn to one favorite son who has quietly returned to close out a legendary career. By Andrew J. Pridgen One of my favorite San Francisco Giants trivia questions is: Name the only Giant on the Opening Day roster in 2000 who subsequently played on the World Series-winning squads of ‘12...

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...

Trump’s Colin Kaepernick comments on the same day he officially became the first U.S. President to be investigated for aiding a foreign adversary shows how far removed from reality...

Welcome to your fucked republic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump apparently doesn’t like quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. No, wait, scratch that. He doesn’t like black quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. Whatever Tom Brady says or does, that’s cool. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/828447350200926212?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Famerican-football%2F2017%2F02%2F06%2Fdonald-trump-tweets-congratulations-supporter-tom-brady-super%2F Free-agent NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the National Anthem before 49ers games last...

The Elephant Bar is where dreams went to die were they to have known they were dreams in the first place

RIP Elephant Bar. We will miss that dry heave-inducing Kona Kooler and Chicken Lettuce Wraps combo over a post-work drink lament on a Tuesday. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was fortunate enough to call Concord my work home for three years early in my career. As a community reporter for the Contra Costa Times, my beats were Martinez, Walnut Creek...

Legends of the fall

Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors played themselves into the zenith of greatest collapses in professional sports history. Below, a breakdown of how it happened. By Andrew J. Pridgen As exhausted mentally and physically as the Warriors are, there is no other team in the league more ready for next season to begin. While to a person the members of the...

This time you went TOO FAR MR. COLIN KAEPERNICK. Way way way way way way way way way way way way way way way way too FAR. WAY...

Sitting during the NATIONAL ANTHEM even if it’s your father-in-law who has his have diabetic feet is NO EXCUSE!!!! By Andrew J. Pridgen I just HAVE to get something off my CHEST! I hate you so much Mr. COLIN KAEPERNICK! Your peaceful and meaningful protest to bring awareness to a personal cause and exercise YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH is something...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

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