Sunday, April 22, 2018

California Baseball Weekly: Offseason Report Card

Every week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Now that the Eric Hosmer is headed to Peoria and Padres camp, we’re putting our hands on the range to see which of the Golden State’s five franchises had the hottest of an exceptionally cold offseason. Welcome back to baseball after one of the longest, most...

An Unequal Exchange

Latin America gets a lot less than it gives from baseball. Written By Kyle Magin Latin America supplies baseball with some of its best players and most passionate fans. In return, it gets jack shit. Events over the course of this offseason are illustrative: Vlad Guerrero got his Hall of Fame call from a lackey translator. Baseball is played in...

The San Francisco Giants have a problem no one man can fix

S.F. would default to a known, losing formula should they sign Giancarlo Stanton. By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants claim they drew an almost-capacity 3.3 million to AT&T park last season. Bullshit. Yes, they may have sold that many tickets to Salesforce c-level blazer-and-jeans seat-fillers, but that, in no way, reflects the actual crowd in attendance. Every Giants game I tuned...

The Night Roy Halladay Was Almost Perfect

What did Roy Halladay knew on October 6, 2010? By Andrew J. Pridgen I watched Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter at a bar near my house in Park City on October 6, 2010. My team, the Giants, were just starting their own playoff run against the Atlanta Braves on the other side of the league. Due to a trio of young aces coming...

My Barber the Dodger Fan

When "There's always next year..." isn't nearly enough. By Andrew J. Pridgen I think I have a pretty good relationship with my barber, as far as barber-customer relationships go. He’s the youngest guy in the shop by about 30 years, and that includes most of the old grumpies in there getting their haircuts and grousing about how they don’t understand how...

Scary. (Good?) Times.

I am, these days, an agnostic when it comes to supporting a particular baseball franchise. It is impossible commit to just one club, because fandom, overall, gets in the way. It gets in the way of expectation and truth and true fulfillment. By Andrew J. Pridgen Admitting my polyamory when it comes to baseball might sound like a gross rationalization…...

Houston vs. Los Angeles: All you need to know about two baseball frontier towns as they square off in the 2017 World Series

Houston vs. Los Angeles. Texas vs. California. Oil money vs. Hedgies. Kershaw vs. Verlander. The pride of baseball in the Americas— the U.S., Cuba, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. And, the fingerprints of the Big Apple and Windy City. Some background on a series for everyone. Written by Kyle Magin It may take a keen—or willing—ear to listen for the heartbeat of...

California Baseball Weekly: Fin

Every (other, mostly) week during the 2017 season, we checked in with California’s five MLB teams. Who was up? (the Dodgers, mostly) Who was down? (the A’s, mostly) Who had the cheapest ticket on any given week (the Giants) and who will play in the best series (the Dodgers)? The Golden State is home to the best position player...

Matt Cain brought me back to baseball

The Giants’ longest-tenured arm tearfully bid farewell to his teammates Wednesday with the announcement that Saturday would be his final game. Twelve years, one team, three rings and a perfect game. But that doesn’t nearly tell the whole story… By Andrew J. Pridgen My fandom of the San Francisco Giants, the team that in the late-’90s somehow came a lost boarding...

California Baseball Weekly: Endgame

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 not-last place ballers who play for the...