Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Yogi Berra took a little piece of heaven with him

“Mr. Berra,” his first Yankee manager Casey Stengel once said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” He died Tuesday at age 90. By Andrew Pridgen I don’t believe in heaven. Not the kind they try to sell you on TV, anyway. There is no life in the clouds, no harps to greet you, no 24-hour Angel food cake...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...

Madison Bumgarner hits for himself, thank you

And just like that, it's the year of our Bicentennial all over again. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Giants have been sucking in Oakland. Losers of three in a row to a team that is objectively if not (almost) record-wise the current worst franchise in baseball, the Giants — who BART'ed over to see how their ex roommate is doing since he lost...

So long Lucky Penny and Tim Lincecum: San Francisco has, at last, surrendered the remainder of its soul

Farewell to that feeling of invincibility and impossibility mixed with the threat of invisibility and impoverishment. Isn’t that, after all, what great cities are made of? By Andrew Pridgen A pair of San Francisco landmarks worth knowing are closing down and leaving town for good this month. They are, Tim Lincecum and the Lucky Penny diner. Both were institutions. Both just...

Sunday Morning in America

The news says 50 people were killed by a bad guy with a gun at a gay club in Orlando last night. Pass the toast. Written by Kyle Magin Blame the guns. 20. No, 23. No, 50. And, 42 hurt. No, 53. Listen, just keep fucking hitting refresh. Blame poor mental health care. Post that Mr. Rogers quote about looking for the...

2016: A Year in the Life and Death of the Press Box

The Tributes By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Prior to 2016, Death of the Press Box wrote exactly one homage and that was more of a construction update on the Cal Neva hotel and casino. This year, in accordance with the changing conditions of the social, political, environmental and economic landscape that reversed the course of the conversation (mostly, in...

The Force has finally woken up Harrison Ford

Asleep at the box office for almost a quarter century, Harrison Ford is finally back thanks to Han Solo...and the man who originally took him out. By Andrew Pridgen I've spent the last 36 hours dissecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews and from what I've culled...the good (NYT, The Guardian, SFGate) the bad (LA Times) and the indifferent (Variety)...

The story of runner 45429 as she counts down to Sunday’s New York City Marathon

Her name is Elizabeth Ewens. She is my sister. This is her journey. (Warning: it’s not one of those about overcoming adversity as much as it’s just about her being really super-present which is a total hurdle for people today. So that’s huge—right?)   By Andrew Pridgen My sister is this kind of brilliant and generous person who does pretty much...

To Joe, seven years on

I thought things would be different. I thought they’d be better. By Andrew Pridgen I met my buddy Joe Schultz on the Friday night before the start of our fall quarter freshman year at Oregon. He lived in the dorms a couple doors down from one of my buddies from high school and I was running around looking for something...

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

I realize this isn’t the only Prince tribute you’ll read today. But I want to talk about something specific, his eyes. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a couple beers tonight, I’ll start talking about Purple Rain; but not about the music or the motorcycle or the Oscar win from a now-defunct category because the Academy decided nobody could do Best...