Sunday, June 25, 2017

California Baseball Weekly: Insult to Injury in San Francisco

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 future batting cage managers who play for...

Giants fans ought to find comfort in the strength of the rest of the NL West

It’s a shame that one of the power trio in the NL West (Dodgers, Rockies, D-Backs) will be one-game-and-done in the postseason. All have championship contender potential and should grow stronger in the second half. By Andrew J. Pridgen Last week, I wrote a column about the Giants becoming the worst team in baseball and how their season’s rock bottom (to...

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...

The Yelp reviews for the Dodgers’ All You Can Eat Pavilion are the best ever

Yes, this not only exists in 2016, but fans actually find flaws with it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball lives and dies with its promos. From the legendary (Disco Demolition Night, 10 Cent Beer Night) to the pandering (SF Social Media Night) to the sublime (Twins Fur Bomber Hat Day for those of you pining for the Grumpy Old Men/Newhart...

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...

Donald Trump can’t throw a baseball

It’s a small thing, sure. But it’s also a really big small thing. The president refuses to step up and do the one symbolic thing that presidents have done for more than a century. To be a kid again. To stop and hear the crowd’s collective whisper shiver to a roar. To walk inches above the earth in the...

The necessity of Congress playing baseball today

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could...

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...

Salvador Perez is sentenced to a (short) life of catching

Watching Salvador Perez break is a lot more fun than knowing he will break. Written by Kyle Magin Salvador Perez, the lovable, goofy 6’5” Kansas City Royals backstop is 25 and already well on his way to his baseball dotage. The amiable Venezuelan takes foul balls, the ends of bats and wild pitches off his face, chest, arms, hands and fingers...

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