Happy Jackie Robinson Day! GG takes a look at 42, the new biopic on Robinson that opened number one at the box office this week.
Sweet Chin Muzak is back with the 2013 National League preview.
Baseball season is upon us. Popblerd’s baseball writers predict the American League divisional champions.
Via Bleacher Report It’s been just over a month since the San Francisco Giants won the World Series for the second time in three years. And it was pretty darn good timing that this was also the year that I gathered a few of my friends to periodically write about the team. We called those check-ins, the SF Giants Heat Check . For those of you who followed our posts, we gave you a deep and inside look at the club through the eyes of [...]
In my last post, I talked about how I felt really good about game three because even after winning the first two games, the “experts” were saying that the Giants were lucky and they were getting all the breaks. And most of them picked the Tigers to win game three. Before game four I read a quote from Jim Leyland about Miguel Caberera ducking out after game three and not answering the media. “I will deal with the situation and [...]
In the fourteen game stories I’ve written during the San Francisco Giants’ playoff run in the last two and a half weeks, I haven’t written a word about 2010. 2010 was a dream. It was the culmination of year after year of heartbreak (& 808s). The franchise had last won a World Series in 1954 as the New York Giants, but for the San Francisco version of the Giants, they’d never won it all. They’d come close, like in 1962. They were in [...]
Must be nice to be Madison Bumgarner. Two years ago, when he was just 21 years of age, he was the starting pitcher for game four of the World Series against the Texas Rangers. He picked up the victory, tossing eight innings, giving up only three hits and no runs. Last night, he was back on the mound in game two of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. He picked up the win again, going seven innings, giving [...]
Thanks to a lucky break and some fantastic co-workers , I was able to attend game one of the World Series at AT&T Park. The closest I’d come to being at a game of this magnitude was in 2010 when the San Francisco Giants were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. AT&T was rockin’ that day. But it was no where near as loud as it was on Wednesday night. It was rock-concert loud and the home crowd fans rarely stopped cheering. [...]
The thing I liked most about the NLCS match-up between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants was that it was a duel between the two previous World Series winners. To win a championship is hard. To defend that championship is even harder. You want to raise the level of difficulty? How about doing so with several injuries to key players? How about doing so by losing your best player to free agency? The Cardinals should be commended [...]
Former pro wrestler Superstar Billy Graham had one of the greatest raps of all-time. One of them could be used to describe Ryan Vogelsong tonight. “I’m the man of the hour, the man with power, too sweet to be sour.” And while Vogelsong may not eat t-bone steaks (we know he eats enchiladas), lift barbell plates, and I’m not sure if he’s really sweater than a German chocolate cake (Cardinals hitters would disagree), the man known as Vogey to Giants [...]
After I wrote many words about Tim Lincecum and his alarming regression in 2012, I added a couple paragraphs about #RallyZito . At the time of my writing, it was a fun little Twitter meme that Giants fans were using to try to stay positive about their chances in the NLCS. Game four was a chore to sit through and it didn’t even look like the Giants were supposed to be on the same field as the Cardinals. Giants fans were upset, but some creative fans decided [...]
Before I mention the Giants loss on Thursday night, I wanted to tell a story. It’s about a man named Tim Lincecum. After blazing through Pac 10 hitters at the University of Washington, this man named Tim Lincecum was the 10th pick of the Giants in the first round of the 2006 Amateur draft. He made minor leaguers look like little leaguers for a short while before being fast tracked to the major leagues. He was a 150-pound fire breathing [...]