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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Giants clinch Series

Here is a link to my column about Game 7 of the World Series. The full text runs below: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner. That’s all you need to know. It’s rare when a ballplayer transcends a World Series. We’re thinking Willie Mays in 1954 — superstars like him. Bumgarner just transcended the World Series. He was a giant (pun intended) among ordinary mortals, and he was the most important player on the field and the best player and… Read More »

Pre Game 7

Field in shadows. Chilly. Giants warming up, most in jackets and sweatshirts. Crowd beginning to filter in, many wearing blue jackets. Ballpark coming to life. Sandoval taking grounders at third. Again and again. Bullpens empty. Work in them comes later. Ballgame not even two hours away.

Get ready for Game 7

Here is a link to my column in advance of Game 7. The full text runs below. For what’s it’s worth, I have no idea who is going to win this thing? KANSAS CITY, Mo. If Bruce Bochy had chosen to start MadBum in tonight’s Game 7 of the World Series, Bochy would be the bum. As the Giants were getting mauled 10-0 by the Royals in Game 6, I received emails and tweets telling me Bochy should start Madison… Read More »

Today’s lineups

Giants Gregor Blanco — CF Joe Panik — 2B Buster Posey — C Pablo Sandoval — 3B Hunter Pence — RF Brandon Belt — 1B Michael Morse — DH Travis Ishikawa — LF Brandon Crawford — SS (Jake Peavy — P) Royals Alcides Escobar — SS Nori Aoki — RF Lorenzo Cain — CF Eric Hosmer — 1B Billy Butler — DH Alex Gordon — LF Salvador Perez — C Mike Moustakas — 3B Omar Infante — 2B (Yordano Ventura… Read More »

Autumn leaves

Landed in KC and took a cab to my hotel. Along the way I looked at the trees, most of them turning, their leaves bright orange and deep yellow, and it brought me all the way back to my childhood in NY where I lived with real autumn and with leaves turning every year and as I rode along in the taxi I felt — really felt — how much I loved my childhood, my family together, my mom and… Read More »

Giants one game away

Here is a link to my column about the Giants’ win in Game 5. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO I could write about Madison Bumgarner and how he outpitched James Shields in Game 5 of the World Series and how he made the Kansas City Royals look ill and how he is the best playoffs pitcher on the planet and how he may be the best pitcher in the big leagues and how he’s the best Giants’ pitcher… Read More »

Giants thump Royals

Here is a link to my column about Game 4 of this exciting World Series. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — By the end, the game was a rout or maybe it was an assassination. It was absurd, actually — the Giants getting hit after hit, 16 hits in all. It’s like they were playing a high-school team instead of the Kansas City Royals, Giants runners rounding the bases, Giants runners scoring, Giants players going nuts in the… Read More »

What Bochy did right by doing nothing

Here is a link to my column about Game 3 of the World Series. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Sure, one Giants’ crisis took place on the field Friday night. They lost to the Royals 3-2, couldn’t overcome a one-run Royals’ lead, and fell behind two games to one in the World Series. It was a dispiriting loss, and now we discover who these Giants really are. But a second crisis took place, one you couldn’t see.… Read More »


From the press box I see thick puffy clouds extending from beyond left field past center field to right field. It’s like watching a baseball game in heaven.