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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Time for Frank Gore to say bye-bye

Here is an early link to my Thursday column about Frank Gore. The full text runs below: In the next few days, you’re going to read what Frank Gore deserves. Mostly you’ll read Gore deserves to stay with the 49ers. Gore is a free agent and it would be — choose among the following: ungrateful, spiteful, cheap, mean, criminal -— for the 49ers NOT to offer him a big fat contract. Why does Gore deserve a big fat contract, probably… Read More »

What a guy said about Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Met a young guy in Arizona when I was covering spring training — I flew back home on Sunday. Nice young man. Said he was from Turlock. Turlock? The bells and whistles went off in my brain. I said someone famous is from Turlock. Young guy said Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, Kaepernick. Did the guy know Kaepernick? Sure, the guy said. Went to high school… Read More »

On being Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum seems to be a very nice person. Always has appeared that way. To the extent that I know him I like him. But it’s hard being Tim Lincecum. That’s my opinion. I did not interview him in Arizona. His body language so clearly says please leave me alone. Most reporters leave him alone out of kindness or deference. Whatever. Talking about himself and his occupation seems to pain him. More than it pains most. I don’t know why.… Read More »

Face of the A’s or not

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the A’s. The full text runs below: MESA, Ariz. — Picture Sonny Gray standing at his locker in the brand-new clubhouse of the A’s brand-new spring ballpark. I go up to him. I say: “A bunch of writers last night had dinner together. We were saying on the Giants the face of the team is Buster Posey. And we were saying, ‘Who is the face of the A’s?’ “Some said you.… Read More »

The Giants, a positive view

When I look at the Giants this time of year, I tend to take a critical view. Maybe you do, too. I’m talking pitching right now. I see all the innings Madison Bumgarner pitched last year. I’m aware Matt Cain and Tim Hudson had offseason surgery. I know Jake Peavy is 33. And I know I know nothing about Tim Lincecum. Giants starting pitching presents so many imponderables. And yet, it could turn out great. Bumgarner may be the best… Read More »

No Pablo Sandoval

The Giants clubhouse is quieter without Pablo Sandoval. His locker, now occupied by Andrew Susac, was smack in the middle of the room. He would sit there and talk and laugh. Mostly he talked in Spanish and the other Spanish-speaking guys laughed with him and took their cues from him. They all had fun. And he had special status. When asked about his departure, the other Giants are careful in what they say. They generally say they will miss him… Read More »

Peavy talks and Peavy sings

Here is an early link to my Saturday column about Jake Peavy. The full text runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Very early Friday morning. Jake Peavy enters the clubhouse. He is singing, his voice passionate, his face filled with emotion. Sing, Jake. “But darling, oh darlin’/You’re the best thing I’ve ever seen/Won’t you roll me easy/Oh slow and easy.” He is singing “Roll Um Easy” by Little Feat. Lowell George wrote and performed the song and Little Feat and Lowell… Read More »

Bochy talks Giants on Friday

The Giants workout just ended. Pitchers threw to batters on three different fields. Jake Peavy pitched in Scottsdale Stadium – I watched him. Tim Lincecum pitched in the back field at Scottsdale Stadium and I did not see him. Reporters asked Bruce Bochy about Lincecum. “Looked good,” Bochy said, “threw the ball well. Good outing for him. Great delivery. Free and easy. Command of everything. He’s working on things, getting  ready for the season. He’s been very good with his… Read More »

Lowell spring training update

I told you I’m writing who is the face of the A’s franchise for Saturday. Scratch that. I’m audibilizing. I’ll write face of the franchise for Sunday no matter what. Hey, this is daily journalism and things change. For Saturday I will write either Peavy or Cain. Got that. Any ideas on who is the face of the A’s franchise. feel free to write me.

Greatness of Giants bullpen

Here is a link to my Friday column about the core of the Giants bullpen. The full text runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The constant in the Giants’ greatness is the bullpen. OK, call it one of the constants. Bruce Bochy is constant and Brian Sabean is constant and Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner are constants and there are others. But the bullpen, the core of the bullpen, has remained constant and illustrious for three world championships. The bullpen constant… Read More »