Monday, August 21, 2017

Listening to Vin Scully call his final innings was truly heaven on Earth

Thank you Vin for blessing us with your 67 years in the booth. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vin Scully makes no bones about his faith in God and man...with baseball somewhere there in the middle. He came to the end of his 67-year career in San Francisco Sunday, calling the final game for his beloved Dodgers against the Giants, the team he...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

Go Watch Good (Cheap) Baseball

If you're not buying $6 tickets to see your home team play September baseball...then what ARE you doing (and don't say waiting for Divorce to start on HBO. Written by Kyle Magin If you’re in the proximity of good baseball, and especially good affordable baseball, why the hell aren’t you going to it? Really? On Monday night, with StubHub tickets available in both...

The night the Giants gave up on 2016

Each year, 29 Major League Baseball teams do it, they give up. Wednesday was that day for the San Francisco Giants. By Andrew J. Pridgen It happens like a move does. First you take a look around nothing is packed. And it never will be. Just stuff everywhere, books and sheets and piles of old bills and shoeboxes you inexplicably kept while...

What a long not-so-strange trip it’s been for Joe Nathan

As the Giants try to stop their second-half slide, they turn to one favorite son who has quietly returned to close out a legendary career. By Andrew J. Pridgen One of my favorite San Francisco Giants trivia questions is: Name the only Giant on the Opening Day roster in 2000 who subsequently played on the World Series-winning squads of ‘12...

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...

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...

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...

Not just the same old same old for baseball

Baseball's midsummer All Star showcase last week was a reminder that the national pastime is once more moving to the fore. A youth movement, a multi-cultural wave of talent and an increasingly savvy front office are pushing on an ever growing demographic ...which is exactly what boxing should be — and isn't — doing. Written by Kyle Magin I had a...

The man who shared everything without ever needing a device

The world without Vin Scully will be a much less vibrant, less informed place. This year, his victory lap, is more than that — it’s the last time the rest of us will be able to witness a piece of living history. By Andrew J. Pridgen We all know it’s coming. It’s too much to take, really. If 2016 were a desk...

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