I told you I’m writing who is the face of the A’s franchise for Saturday. Scratch that. I’m audibilizing. I’ll write face of the franchise for Sunday no matter what. Hey, this is daily journalism and things change. For Saturday I will write either Peavy or Cain. Got that. Any ideas on who is the face of the A’s franchise. feel free to write me.
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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports
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 »
On Thursday, I drove to Peoria to eyeball the San Diego Padres. They are the most improved team in the NL West and could challenge the Giants and Dodgers for supremacy in the division. When I got there, they were conducting a catcher’s drill. A coach would load two balls into a machine and the machine would shoot the balls high into the air – like a popup to the catcher in a game. The catcher had to catch one… Read More »
Things are easy in Arizona for a sportswriter. I got up early and went to the A’s balpark where I interviewed some players. Then I drove to the A’s workout complex — a short drive — for Bob Melvin’s media session. Then I drove to Scottsdale for Bruce Bochy’s media session and after that I interviewed Jeremy Affeldt, among the best interviews on Earth. I probably will write my Affeldt column for Friday. I’m back at the hotel busily writing… Read More »
Bruce Bochy conducted a post-workout news conference in the home dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. He sat on the bench and dozens of media people crowded around him. He had stents put in a few days ago and, although he is fine, there are hollows under his eyes and hollows on his cheeks. What he went through wasn’t like visiting the dentist. He was in a good mood, obviously happy to be doing what he does. Hunter Pence was in one… Read More »
My son Grant and I flew into the Valley of the Sun Monday night, picked up our rental car and drove to our hotel in Mesa. I never have stayed in Mesa before for spring training but the A’s moved to Mesa and the hotel is a few blocks away from the ballpark. Heaven. We ate Monday dinner at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. We always have our first meal there. It’s one of our favorite restaurants… Read More »
Here is a link to my Thursday column. It’s about when I rode the Giants’ team bus as a rookie writer. The full text runs below: I didn’t know it was a mistake to ride the players’ bus. 1980. My first year covering the San Francisco Giants. Not an especially good team. Not an especially good year. They were in New York to play the Mets. I stayed at the team hotel in Manhattan. It was a rookie move to… Read More »
Here is a link to my column about George Karl. The full text runs below: I had the pleasure of covering George Karl, reportedly hired by the Sacramento Kings as their coach. Karl, 63, coached the Warriors in the mid-1980s and I wrote about that team and got to know Karl. He was an exuberant man. You might say eccentric. After a playoff game, he became enraged at center Joe Barry Carroll for apparently not playing hard, for apparently not… Read More »
Here is a link to my Sunday column comparing the actions of Jed York and Joe Lacob. The full text runs below: Is Joe Lacob a better guy than Jed York? Opinion writers — people like me — generally believe Lacob is the better man, the morally superior man. This assumption informs much of my writing, much of Bay Area sports writing. But is it correct? Or, to be blunt, am I all wet and are my colleagues all wet?… Read More »
I’ve been getting criticism about my article on Pete Carroll. I said he made the wrong call, lost his nerve at the crisis moment. Some people think I’m wrong. Fair enough. On this blog people are free to voice their opinions. But, please, Carroll made the wrong call. If he made the right call, the Seahawks might have won.