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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

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 »

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 »

Brett Lawrie vs. Josh Donaldson, etc.

IN TODAY’S column I wrote about the new A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie who replaces the old third baseman Josh Donaldson. Here is a comparison of key stats the past two seasons for both of them. Games played: Donaldson in 2014, 158 games; in 2013, 158 games. Lawrie in 2014, 70 games; in 2013, 107 games. Batting average: Donaldson in 2014, .255; in 2013, .301 Lawrie in 2014, .247; in 2013, .254 Home runs: Donaldson in 2014, 29; in 2013,… Read More »

Angel Pagan returns

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Angel Pagan. The full text runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Angel Pagan reported to work on Tuesday, but it wasn’t the regular kind of reporting to work. It wasn’t getting up in the morning and drinking a cup of joe and driving over to the office and saying hello to the guys. Nothing like that. It was reintroducing himself to his colleagues. It was re-establishing himself as a mainstay in his own… Read More »

Searching for SF Giants’ power hitter

Here is a link to my Saturday column about the lack of power hitters on the SF Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — I went in search of a power hitter. Giants Media Day. Players in different rooms at AT&T Park, players ready to talk. Was there a power hitter in the joint? Well, sure. Buster Posey was there. Bona fide power hitter. Not so sure about the rest. Sure about one thing. The Giants lost Pablo… Read More »

The Sandoval dilemma

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes: The full text runs below: The Bay Area has descended into serious Panda-monium. Or maybe we’re all suffering from Panda-mania and need prescription drugs to calm our frantic mood. It’s all because Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a free agent and he’s shopping himself around the major leagues for lots of bucks with lots of years on a whopper contract. That certainly is his prerogative, and… Read More »