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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Bruce Bochy blew it

Here is a link to my column about Game 2 of the World Series. The full text runs below: KANSAS CITY — Criticize Bruce Bochy. Criticize him big time. Bochy blew Game 2 of the World Series. He is a great manager who probably will go into the Hall of Fame. I would vote for him. And he’s a good guy. But he mismanaged Game 2, a Royals’ 7-2 win. Even he is not immune to lousing things up. It… Read More »

Giants win Game 1, as usual

Here is a link to my column about Game 1 of the World Series. The full text runs below: KANSAS CITY — So, these are the Kansas City Royals? Really? We’ve heard so much about this force out of the Midwest, this miracle team. They had not lost in the postseason, were 8-0. They were red hot. Well, miracle shmiracle. The Giants cooled them down 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series. Crushed them is more like it. The… Read More »

Who is a real Giant?

Here is a link to my column from Monday’s World Series media day. The full text runs below: KANSAS CITY, Mo. As the first game of the World Series looms, here is a simple question: Who is a real Giant? Is Matt Cain a real Giant? Is Marco Scutaro? Is Angel Pagan? It’s a vague question, I admit. So, I’ll lay out my terms. A true Giant is a player who gets off his butt. Gets off his butt for… Read More »

Giants bound for the Series

Here is a link to my Friday column from the Giants’ pennant-clinching game against the Cards. I wrote this for the front page of the PD, as requested, so it is less sports and more scene and context than usual. I hope you approve. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — When Travis Ishikawa hit the three-run homer that won the game and put the Giants into the World Series, the water fountains in right field started to spray… Read More »

Giants one win away

Here is a link to my Thursday column. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Right now, you wouldn’t want to be the St. Louis Cardinals. I understand you can’t be a team. You’re a person. But you wouldn’t want to be the Cardinals, anyway. Why? Because after losing to the Giants 6-4 on Wednesday, they are facing extinction Thursday. The kind of extinction where your season ends and you take the long silent flight home and the next… Read More »

Giants win Game 3

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about the Giants’ win in Game 3. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO The game had “loss” written all over it. A Giants’ loss. They crushed the great John Lackey in the first inning and then they did nothing inning after inning. Probably because Lackey figured out what he did wrong. The Giants were futility personified. They let the Cardinals back into the game — the Cardinals who are always knocking… Read More »

Giants lose Game 2

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Giant’s loss to the Cards in Game 2. The full text runs below: ST. LOUIS When Kolten Wong yanked Sergio Romo’s pitch into the right field stands ending Game 2 with a walk-off piece, Romo yanked his head around and stared at the ball. Then he turned around, a look of surrender and grief on his face, and walked briskly toward the visitor’s dugout. The game was over, a game… Read More »

Giants win Game 1

Here is a link to my column about the Giants’ victory in Game 1 over the Cardinals. The full text runs below: ST. LOUIS — Is there a better pitcher than Madison Bumgarner? Really, is there? He came into St. Louis, to Busch Stadium, to the Cardinals’ yard in this legendary baseball town with its heroic baseball tradition, with 47,000 manic, confident fans going nuts, and he took on the Cardinals’ best pitcher and he won. Not even close. He… Read More »