Saturday, April 21, 2018

California Baseball Weekly: And on This Rock I Will Build My Church

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,...

The real 395

The 395 south of the sign is south of heaven. Written by Kyle Magin Scenic US Route 395 ends abruptly. Somewhere southbound along Eastern California’s beautiful backdoor byway toward Southern California, around Olancha after you see the first Joshua Trees popping up from the shitty soil, CalTrans makes it very clear you are leaving the state-designated Scenic 395 corridor. The land beyond it--a...

You’re not losing a NFL franchise as much as you are gaining civic pride…and tax dollars: Hurrah for San Diego

If a NFL franchise leaves a major metro and nobody cares ...does it make a noise? By Kyle Magin When you check in on San Diego 8 or 18 months from now, when Chargers owner Dean Spanos and his team finally decide to leave town, don’t be surprised to find out that nobody in that fine burg much cares that they’ve...

San Diego’s Sports Media Dislikes You

It’s weird to see schlubby mic jockeys and ink-stained wretches stumping for a billionaire. Written by Kyle Magin San Diego’s sports media despises the city’s taxpayers and tourists. In an all-out effort to save their jobs as it relates to year-round coverage of the San Diego Chargers, the city’s radio, TV, and *some* print media have gone into the tank--a tank filled...

California Baseball Weekly: Two For the Money

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 early-October vacationers who play for the San...

An Unequal Exchange

Latin America gets a lot less than it gives from baseball. Written By Kyle Magin Latin America supplies baseball with some of its best players and most passionate fans. In return, it gets jack shit. Events over the course of this offseason are illustrative: Vlad Guerrero got his Hall of Fame call from a lackey translator. Baseball is played in...

California Baseball Weekly: Who’s Your Daddy?

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 suddenly lethal ballers who play for the...

California Baseball Weekly: DRIVE. HOME. SAFELY.

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 warm bodies who play for the Padres. Best...

As Oakland parts out its team once more, Billy Beane’s legacy is assured only by the successes of his imitators

Oakland is in the midst of its second purge in three seasons. The difference this time is EVP of baseball operations Billy Beane hints he’s building a team to come online in time for a new stadium. But is that just more wishful thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen Billy Beane is the only executive in baseball history who will ever be...

What NFL transgression will finally force me to stop watching for good?

The first last straw came early last season when tape surfaced of Ray Rice knocking his fiancé out like Debo in an elevator. On Sept. 9, 2014, I gave up the NFL and its sponsors for good. Well, kind of for good. Knowing full well that I could only avoid the NFL like a Smurf does Gargamel for so...