Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Giant Collapse

How in the last season the Giants have gotten away from their blueprint and traded the future for an uncertain tomorrow By Andrew J. Pridgen The San Francisco Giants less than two months ago were owners of baseball’s best record heading into the All-Star break. Since then, in dramatic fashion, they have been baseball’s worst second-half team at 11-23 and have...

Don’t Let Weather Delay Opening Day

Snowbirds, you're already living in Scottsdale, so... Written by Kyle Magin Major League Baseball is deft at self-inflicted injuries. From investigating and shaming its own superstars for a decade post-steroid era to letting spazzes run its flagship national team, the sport’s biggest enemy is the guy in the mirror, not Roger Goodell. Not content to let an off-season of goodwill built by...

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...

Don’t want pitchers to hit? Are you Scherzer?

How being forced to hit has dialed Max Scherzer's game and propelled him to become baseball's best. By Andrew Pridgen Annie Savoy: What do you believe then? Crash Davis: Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated...

2016 World Series Odds | Who to bet and who to forget

Spring Training, where beer tastes like Axe body spray and clear acrylic stilettos. Where the Oakland A’s play in an actual baseball stadium. Where (El) Super Burritos in North Scottsdale flow like well tequila. Where the Pink Pony is a steakhouse not a strip club. Where the poolside bar at Hotel Valley Ho is manned by my favorite former...

When willing yourself to win isn’t enough to overcome those who’ve already decided the outcome

Kansas City knew how it would end Sunday. How? Because they saw it play out the same way with opposite results last year. By Andrew Pridgen Matt Harvey called out into the near distance with his stare. Called out to the void. The top two buttons of his blue jersey flapped open. In a laundry heap of white pinstriped pants and...

Why Would You Want Less Free Baseball?

Sex, love, laughs, money...life itself is fleeting. So why shorten (even more) one of the greatest pleasures of this existence? Written by Kyle Magin Late, late into the evening on July 8, 2000, we could hear the strains of Peter Frampton’s Do You Feel Like I Do? blaring from his live set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest behind us, while a mediocre baseball...

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...

Why I am justifiably afraid that if the Cubs win the World Series the world will end

...Deep down, I don’t think any true Cubs fan is wanting to raise that ‘W’ tonight and kick off an identity crisis or the end times either. By Andrew J. Pridgen It It occurred to me over the weekend when visiting my sister and her brood, all of whom—thanks to a recent trip to Chicago and jumping aboard the mighty blue...

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...

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