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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »


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.

The cat

There is a cat in the ventilation system of the Royals press box. I’m sitting here preparing for the game and every once in a while I hear a meow ovewr my head. Killion and Kawakami hear it too. Do we call it a Royals cat?

On Seeing

For Game 1, I sat in the auxiliary press box although I have a seat in the main press box. The aux box is down the left field line. I sat there because there is a post in front of my face in the main box and I need to crane my neck to see the batter. I thought I could see better from the aux box. Also, my colleague from the PD, Phil Barber, is sitting in left field… Read More »

The pillbox

There are many ways I know I’m old. The pillbox is one of them. I am packing today because tomorrow I fly to KC for the World Series. When I was younger, packing was simple. I packed my clothes. Now I have to pack the pillbox, one of those things with compartments labeled Sunday, Monday etc. I put all my pill bottles out and drop pills into the appropriate compartments. If you are old, you know what I’m talking about.… Read More »

Eating in St. Louis

I’ve covered lots of Giants and Niners games in St. Louis and I’m fairly familiar with the place. I like St. Louis. I stay downtown because it’s near where the Cardinals and Rams play — I’m at a downtown hotel right now — but I like to eat in the neighborhoods. I like the Central West End and consider it one of the most interesting neighborhoods in America. I used to eat all the time at the Balaban but haven’t… Read More »