I remember the first time I became aware of the knuckleball. I was playing All-Star Baseball 99 on the N64. I didn't really know much about baseball, but I liked the Oakland A's because they were the local team. And I already pretty much knew I'd never be able to root for Barry Bonds. One … Continue reading On Tim Wakefield and the knuckleball
OK, I'm starting to get a little tired of the premise that because I live in the Bay Area, because I largely grew up in the Bay Area, that I am a fan of a Bay Area team, I should root for the Giants to win the World Series. Sure, San Francisco fans. A valid … Continue reading Why I’m not rooting for the Giants
There are some things most credible journalists just know: 1. It's called deadline for a reason. 2. More than, not over. 3. The press pass around your neck means you're here working, not to be a fan. Apparently, some credentialed media members at Sunday's Bengals/Broncos preseason game forgot that last one. A photographer and a … Continue reading Cardinal sin
This is a fun little exercise, especially since each team has to have at least one representative. The All-Star rosters will be announced tomorrow. They had things called "campaign managers" for players... such as Eric Chavez (.234 BA, 31/8 K/BB in 33 games as DH?) and Brandon Wood (.179 BA, .199 OBP). Starters: American League … Continue reading My All-Star picks
That 99 mile-per-hour fastball with English wasn't always there. Neither was the slider that buckled knees nor the changeup that made batters flinch. Stephen Strasburg didn't always have the cool confidence to take down Major League* hitters. *OK, OK, those 14 batters he struck out were Pittsburgh Pirates, but still... He learned those things from … Continue reading Strasburg
I'm 23, firmly in the new media generation. I blog. I Tweet. I use Facebook. However, I still believe in the fundamental ethics of journalism. I saw a story about the new iPhone prototype on Gizmodo, a technology blog. I thought it was a pretty cool story, one that they have (rightfully) hyped up tremendously. … Continue reading Journalist or not?
So, for now, I'm a sports writer again. Last week, I filled in for the Tracy Press' news editor, and luckily, nothing big happened. No shootings, no robberies, nothing of the sort. Now, I'm subbing for the paper's sports editor, who is taking a much-deserved break. As I was driving home last night, I just … Continue reading Sports writing