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It’s a World Series Swag Giveaway!

November 26, 2012

The lovely folks at A+E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions have offered us the chance to giveaway to three of YOU lovely folks a copy of the World Series film (on bluray or DVD) AND the World Series Collector’s Edition (also on your choice of bluray or DVD).  We’ll be reviewing the titles over the next little while, but we wanted to get the giveaway started now, because we’re looking forward to your answers.

Your answers to what, you ask? Ahh, well there’s the contest!

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Deep, Important Thoughts

October 27, 2012

Have a game, Ryan Vogelsong. Have a reborn career.

October 21, 2012

We aren’t here very often anymore. We began with news updates every other day and now we’re lucky if we post every other month. But that might be okay. Because maybe this isn’t where we come to write after every game; instead, maybe this is where we come when we can’t *not* write. And we’ve never been very good at not writing about Ryan Vogelsong.

You’ve had to read our overblown expectations of him since Spring Training 2011. There are as many entries on this blog tagged with “Ryan Vogelsong” as there are with “MLB” and “baseball”. We wrote and wrote and wrote, and then we wrote a little less; but there was always “Tweety this” and “Tweety that”; and tonight Tweety saved the Giants from playoff elimination. Again. Read more…

i ・chi・ro・u

July 23, 2012

When I was 9, someone gave me this magazine:

Inside was this:

That was my exposure to Seattle, to the Mariners, to Ichiro, to Japanese baseball: three pages, nine pictures, and hundreds of foreign characters that I could sometimes read but barely understand. For four more years after that, I didn’t know what Pike’s Place Market was, and I doubt I could have named another player in Seattle, but I could have told you that Ichiro Suzuki uses Mizuno gloves. Read more…

Baseball back! Baseball back!, Dead Techies, Cody Ransom, etc.

July 13, 2012

Before I logged in, that “ARE YOU AN AUTOMATTICIAN?” graphic/ad was staring at me from the WordPress home page. I read it as “ARE YOU AN AUTOMATTCAIN?” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I’m sure the answer is yes.

That has nothing to do with anything else in this post.

Baseball is back! Four days is a long time. Snow Woulda Had It is back! Hopefully. 23583587 months is a long time. Read more…

A Postcard From Seattle

June 17, 2012

The Giants lost a game today.

I spent the first five or ten minutes after I got to the ballpark staring at Madison Bumgarner through my dad’s binoculars. Who knew there were so many ways to stretch one’s arms? Then I watched him walk to the bullpen, and I watched Dave Righetti stand next to him with a towel, and as I watched I wondered how it was that I had never seen this before: Dave Righetti standing next to Madison Bumgarner, live, from a squillion feet up and away. The last time I saw Rags he was standing next to Randy Johnson. May the American League fall into ruin and despair. Read more…

A Brush With Near Perfection Is Close Enough For Me

April 14, 2012

I love writing about and analyzing baseball. I love the numbers and the history and the predictions and the theories and the intellectual gymnastics writing sometimes makes me do. But the unfortunate side effect of that, at least for me, is a difficulty turning that off, which then leads to a degree of cynicism that I personally don’t find one of my better traits. Cynicism that, unfortunately, sometimes expands to my fellow fans and the inherent camaraderie of seeing a game live, especially a special one like a home opener. Read more…