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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Giants just gotta have fun

After the Giants got beat yet again on Friday, that philosopher Matt Cain said the Giants need “to act like a bunch of little kids.” He meant the Giants need to have fun, baseball, after all, being a game. When Frank Robinson managed the Giants — Robinson in the Hall of Fame and all that — he had contempt for the have-fun, be-kids approach to ball. He said, correctly, major league baseball is hard and it’s serious.  He said the… Read More »

A’s vs. Giants

I find it interesting that the A’s, who have the best record in baseball, are adding two big-time pitchers to make the team even better, and the Giants, who are doing a fast fade, so far have done nothing.

Giants’ problems

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Giants. The full text runs below: This is going to be critical of the Giants. Not too critical. They lead the National League West and have the best record in baseball. Even so, Giants euphoria had surged recently. I was on television a week ago and we were talking Giants. If they did well on the homestand, just completed, were they in position to wrap up their division by the… Read More »

I root for Tim Lincecum

Here is a link to my Monday column on Tim Lincecum’s win over the Mets. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO – I admit to a weakness for Tim Lincecum. When he pitches, I root for him although I’m not a Giants fan or a fan of any team. I’m a Timmy fan. I don’t understand why. I don’t really know the guy. I covered his start against the Mets on Sunday, a 6-4 Giants’ win, a Timmy win.… Read More »

What we learned about SF Giants

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — This is what we learned about the Giants after their first homestand and after 16 games and after they lost to the Dodgers 2-1 on getaway day. We learned they are not the 1927 Yankees when it comes to hitting. The Giants began the season on the road knocking the rock all over the place. Such power inspired awe and fear… Read More »

Is Pablo Sandoval pressing?

Here is a link to my Sunday column on Pablo Sandoval. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Bennett didn’t sing in China Basin on Saturday. It’s nice to hear Tony croon “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” after every Giants home win, a lovely tradition at AT&T Park, Tony with his raspy meticulous understated voice putting all that emotion into it. No Tony for the Giants after the Rockies beat them 1-0. The crisis moment of… Read More »

Lincecum, Cain — what gives?

Here is a link to my Friday column about Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The full text runs below. So, how do you like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain now? It was all praise about them in spring training. How they were throwing the ball great. How they had lost speed on their heaters but that was a natural evolution in the career of every elite pitcher. Speed loss was strictly no problem because they had learned how to pitch,… Read More »

Brandon Belt equals Babe Ruth

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Brandon Belt, hitting terror. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO – “It doesn’t suck to start off the season pretty good,” Brandon Belt philosophized after the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 7-3 in their home opener. Belt’s non-sucking verbal construction referred to Belt himself, although the Giants, now 6-2, are doing pretty well themselves at not sucking. “I think I’ve struggled enough that I’ve figured some things out,” Belt said at… Read More »

Pablo Sandoval wants Hunter Pence money

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Pablo Sandoval’s contract request. The full text runs below: Pablo Sandoval has a lot of nerve. As you know, 2014 is the final year of Sandoval’s contract. In baseball parlance it is his contract year. His representative and the Giants have been talking about an extension, and that’s where things get sticky and that’s where Sandoval has a lot of nerve. His agent has asked for — demanded, actually — a… Read More »