Sunday, January 20, 2019

Chase Utley’s Eddie Mathews Moment

How a silver fox back-up middle infielder currently hitting .237 is the MVP of the hottest team in baseball this decade. By Kyle Magin “If you think the world ended today, you don’t belong here.” Sportswriters saw that scrawled in chalk on a board in the visitors locker room at Yankee Stadium on August 25, 1968. Some Detroit Tiger had penned the...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

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...

Down with Wet Newspapers

The game has evolved. Maybe it’s time for DH haters to evolve too. By Kyle Magin National League loyalists fetishize pitchers hitting. Their backwards-ass rule requiring pitchers to hit instead of allowing a stronger, professional designated hitter to step into the box is worn like a badge of honor with the NL set. They will tell you their league never evolved because...

Pints and Picks Special Edition: Cubs vs. Indians and the end-of-the-world World Series

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week: #allstreaksmustpass By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Hey Kyle, You and I talk a lot back on forth on this site and especially in this space about...

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...

Hunter Pence’s return is uncertain as is the Giants’ 2015 campaign

San Francisco’s emotional and statistical leader is sidelined till August. But will he be the same when he gets back in the lineup? By Andrew Pridgen Unless they can steal one on Sunday Night Baseball, the Giants are in danger of finishing a six-game East Coast swing winless; losing three close games in Miami before wilting in the crushing humidity of...

The 8 most horrible MLB experiences currently available on the Stand up 2 Cancer auction

Stand up 2 Cancer (the one with the arrow and a 2), Katie Couric’s .org that was started for her dead husband which may/may not worry her current husband, is a decent organization. And I’m a sucker for celebrity-type auctions. Thinking about how much I would pay to jump into a time machine and have a meet-and-greet with Sherwood...

California Baseball Weekly: Giant-Sized

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 5-1, San...

Opening the present that is Opening Day

Happy Baseball! Because no other sport drops off memory and hope at your doorstep like a new phone book bound for the recycling each spring. By Andrew J. Pridgen The world needs another syrupy 817-word warble about the importance of baseball, the we-need-it-now-more-than-ever significance of it like it needs a fourth Hangover installment. So I’ll try to be brief: The world needs...