Sunday, June 25, 2017

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...

Watch Chase Utley slide through a river of media shit and came out clean on the other side

The two-game suspension will be overturned and the court of public opinion will help Chase Utley's image heal a lot faster than the leg of Ruben Tejada. Why? Because the slide was clean. By Kyle Magin Baseball is a dirty game played by dirty men contesting vast fortunes in literal dirt. The sooner you accept that as a premise for anything...

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...

Baseball Should Move to MXC Yesterday

On Thursday, Rob Manfred brought up the most exciting possible pro sports expansion destination since, well… Anyway, baseball should definitely head to MXC Written by Kyle Magin Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred just set what should be the new standard for expansion conversation. Forget hockey and its attempt to manufacture a fourth California-style market in Vegas, forget the NFL and its idea...

Dear Baseball Media: Shut the F*ck Up About Ties

MLB-sponsored media (and their lackeys) needs to remember who the hell it works for. Written by Kyle Magin Major League Baseball has an impressive propaganda arm. The league and teams own MLB Advanced Media, which delivers highlights, box scores, and live games to you while you sit on the shitter. They own—in full or part—many of the T.V. stations that...

There’s no crying in A’s-ball

In Oakland, no change of ownership/no new stadium means no PSLs. No $18 sandwich at Crazy Crab'z. No weighty free-agent contracts. And a family of four can attend, eat (hot dog AND peanuts!) and drink for $60. Plus Barry Zito is on Alert-5 Aircraft in AAA Nashville. So who needs a goddamn trophy? By Andrew Pridgen When I was 12, the...

Why the Mets are the playoffs’ most lovable team …to hate

Young team. A contender once more. Greatest city in the world. What's not to love about those Mets? Turns out, a lot. By Kyle Magin I really, really don’t want to hate the Mets. Their existence just makes it so hard not to. Look, this is a young, exciting team. Most of its talent is home-grown, more than any other playoff team....

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...

Barry Bonds: Real-life misanthrope and social media genius

How did the most hated man in all of sport become the happiest guy on the internet? By Andrew Pridgen Barry Bonds has always been known for a kind of calculated obtuseness. In the ‘90s and early 2000s, when he came to prominence as the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably, all time, the media both in the Bay Area—and...

Requiem for A-Rod

The sad, quiet end of Alex Rodriguez’s career is his most endearing moment By Andrew J. Pridgen Like most baseball fans who refer to themselves as purists (purists, btw, are people who condemn others for doing exactly the same thing they would do...but are afraid to admit it) I have struggled, for decades now, with Alex Rodriguez and what his career...

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