Sunday, June 25, 2017

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...

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...

Welcome to baseball 2016: Spring Training in midstream

Pitchers and catchers aren’t the only ones working the kinks out in February. By Andrew J. Pridgen My first spring training was in March of 1999. The old timers (the still upright World War II snowbirds) were on hand with their whiskey and oxygen, riding custom golf carts around Old Town Scottsdale, buying general reserve seats and scooting down behind home...

Welcome to Baseball 2016: Some Old Baseball Cards, or Why Owning Three Greg Bookers is Bullsh*t

Welcome to pitchers and catchers 2016. Whether you’ve just broken your fourth scraper on your cracked windshield since December or are in SoCal wondering whether this El Niño thing might be a more suitable name for a Kimchi taco truck in downtown LA, there’s a faint whiff of discarded chaw, beard sweat and Bud Light Lime in the air....

The definitive case to shut the f*ck up about the universal DH

What is that Mark Twain said again about lies, damned lies and…. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are three words in the English language that make me react physically: Bennies (short for benefits or Eggs Benedict) Margs (short for margaritas) DH (short for designated hitter) Here is the worst sentence of all time: We were talking about the bennies at his new job over bennies...

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...

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...

Unlike most of the rest of the world London is a bad fit for baseball

London didn’t want baseball at its 2012 Olympic Games. According to reports, it wants it now and MLB is exploring ways to schedule a series or multiple series in the city by 2017. Written by Kyle Magin In 2005, London, through then-International Olympic Committee President/mouthpiece of aging Western European/English sports fans Jacques Rogge told baseball and its sister, softball, to fuck...

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

Hey Papi, just walk off

Farewell tours are never good. See: KISS. But what's worse than a bad farewell tour (every farewell tour) is a preordained one for sport. Just a bad fit for something that honors men and women explicitly for skills they have for a very finite period of time in their young, but developed lives. Here Kyle Magin discusses the dark...

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