Tuesday, April 24, 2018

California Baseball Weekly: And on This Rock I Will Build My Church

Every week during the 2018 baseball season, we’ll check in on California’s five MLB teams. Find out who’s winning, who’s losing, and which stadium has the cheapest ticket. The sport’s best pitcher and best hitter call the state home (that might be the same dude), so let’s put it down for Californ-I-A. Best record this week: Los Angeles Angels,...

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...

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 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...

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...

The changing narrative on Barry Bonds in the dawn of the new age of the long ball

Will the Giants slugger finally get the recognition and redemption he deserves? By Andrew J. Pridgen Barry Bonds stood up from his seat on an unseasonably balmy July evening Friday in San Francisco to an impromptu standing ovation from a 2/3rds full stadium there to watch their last-place ballclub square off against the equally dead-to-rights Miami Marlins. AT&T Park, a...

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...

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...

California Baseball Weekly: The Dodgers are the Only Winning West Coast Team

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 jersey hangers who play for the Padres. Best Record...

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...