Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Bob Melvin and the Oakland A’s:


Cut to this scene. A’s manager Bob Melvin sits in the dugout at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on a bright morning. He has met with the media in general, a columnist from another paper and now he’s talking to me, one on one.

He was American League Manager of the Year in 2012, and after the A’s gave him a four-year extension, he and his wife moved to Berkeley from Manhattan where he lived to be near his daughter who is an actress.

“When the organization made the commitment to me for four years,” he says, “and trust me, I know the second day is never given to you, that type of commitment would suggest I need to be there on an everyday basis and I want to be.”

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  1. J Canseco

    Melvin is the right guy for this team. However, any team in Oakland can turn over in a heartbeat. Last season they almost had two different squads. There’s a lot of baseball to be played and it’s anyone’s guess how it all turns out.

    March 14th, 2013 10:48 am

  2. Stan

    If I’m Bob Melvin? I’m thinking “I wish last year had never ended”..it has “high point” written all over it due to Beane and Wolff’s financial strategies.
    Lets hope they get off to a decent start,keep A’s fans happy for another season,fluke or not.

    March 14th, 2013 12:11 pm

  3. Stan

    I’m feeling bummed Lowell. The Higgs-Boson particle does exist. That means the universe is half to a third through its lifespan..it then breaks down into a low energy field of nothingness…and like static electricity builds up from nothingness to explode again hundreds of billions of years from now.
    No God,no afterlife..and the rules for the new universe most likely will be different.
    Man,THIS is my best shot???

    March 14th, 2013 2:21 pm

  4. Albert Park

    Stan, don’t sweat it so hard. Follow Bob Melvin’s advice: ‘I don’t have to be the guy.’ ‘If I don’t do it today, somebody else will pick me up.’ Baseball is eternal.

    March 14th, 2013 3:59 pm

  5. Stan

    Another of life’s mystery’s to figure: I’m going in to Starbucks this morning right?..I open the door and as I go in I see a young woman behind me…so I hold the door open. She thanks me and walks in. But I spot an older woman out of her car and 10-15′ away..what to do?
    I let go of the door. I think I did the right thing..holding for her that long might have been awkward. But it was complicated,I could feel myself calculating distance , time, and ethics.
    How do you guys do it?

    March 15th, 2013 11:43 am

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