Here is a link to my column about the Oakland A’s and Jon Lester. The full text runs below. It’s fun to be Billy Beane. He has so many toys to play with. He just got another toy, lefty Jon Lester, a top-five pitcher in baseball. It sure is fun to be Billy Beane. Billy used to field a good team, a respectable team, but the pitchers always had flaws which showed up in the postseason. The pitchers were too… Read More »
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The A’s just announced a trade Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester. The A’s are serious. I will write a column about the trade starting real soon.
Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants defeating the Pirates. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Science entertains doubt about water going down the drain. South of the equator, it is said, water flows down a drain counterclockwise. North of the equator clockwise. It is hard to prove either of these propositions. One thing is not hard. If the Giants had lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday’s matinée, the home team would have gone… Read More »
Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the A’s stadium deal. The full text runs below: Today, the Alameda Board of Supervisors meets to vote on the proposed 10-year lease for the Oakland A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Everyone expects the vote to be a slam-dunk approval — and pardon the mixing of sports metaphors. There are no slam dunks in baseball, but there will be a slam dunk on this vote. But in sports, as in life, things never… Read More »
In my Monday column about the Giants, twice I wrote that the Dodgers had no outs in the top of the 5th when Dee Gordon scored from third on an Adrian Gonzalez strikeout. The Dodgers had one out. I corrected the mistake on my blog, but when I phoned the paper late Sunday the editors had left for the night. My bad. It was my first column after a month vacation. Maybe I should have taken a rehab assignment.
Here is a link to my Monday column about the Dodgers sweep of the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Righthander Jake Peavy did reasonably well in his Giants’ debut on Sunday. But enough about him. The Giants lost the third time in a row to the rival Dodgers, got swept. At home. They began the game in second place and, by virtue of the 4-3 loss, fell further behind the Dodgers – they now are a game… Read More »
In his pregame presser, Bochy just said he has no idea when Matt Cain will throw again or be ready to pitch in a game. The Cainer is a big question mark. Can someone figure out how much Cain has earned for each of his two wins so far this season? FYI, Rich Lieberman just wrote me an email saying Cain so far has earned $10 million for each of his two wins.
The final book I read on vacation was John Irving’s 1989 novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” I liked it a lot — for a million reasons. I went online and read some reviews which appeared when the book was published. These reviews were highly critical, which surprised me. Have you read the book? What do you think of it?
I come back to work tomorrow — Sunday — when I cover the Giants-Dodgers game. It’s a Sunday night game and I wonder whatever happened to weekend day games, you know sunlight and all that. They also are playing tonight — Saturday night, not Saturday day. The Dodgers must not be so hot. With all the problems the Giants have the Dodgers should have left them in the dust. So far they haven’t done that. I read that Kendall Hunter… Read More »
Here in Vacationland I’ve been reading tons of books, mostly on my new Kindle. The device is good when I’m traveling because it’s easy to pack. I also like that it’s backlit and that I can increase the type size as my sight continues to diminish. So, I like the Kindle although I still love real books more. But one thing puzzles me. There are lots of misprints in the text. I think they are misprints, certainly there are words… Read More »