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    February 5, 2014
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    September 11, 2013

    Alexander Poulides, Banana-Tossing Giants Fan, Was a Fugitive

    Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was none too happy when an irate fan threw a banana at him during the last inning of an Aug. 11 Giants game at AT&T Park. And he took to Twitter to voice disapproval: I want to thank whatever slapdick threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013
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    February 21, 2013

    Baseball Players and Dinosaurs Don't Mix

    Earlier this week we reported on former Oakland slugger Jose Canseco's ruminations on the evolution of gravity and earth scientists' ruminations on the evolution of Canseco. The former outfielder -- who demonstrated gravity Newton-style when a fly ball dropped onto his head -- tweeted on Monday: "My ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Jose Canseco Theorizes on Evolution of Gravity. Scientists Amused.

    Over the weekend, former steroidal ballplayer, steroidal whistleblower, and (likely steroidal) all-around bizarre guy Jose Canseco titillated his Twitter followers. "More thoughts on gravity tomorrow," wrote the former Oakland A's Bash Brother on Sunday. It's not every day that a onetime budding Hal ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Top 12 Moments of The Year of the Bay Area Sports Renaissance

    With the New Year just hours away, we can finally say it without fear of a buzzer-beating jinx: 2012 marks The Year of the Bay Area Sports Renaissance. These things tend to come in cycles. The Bay's Age of Terrible Sports was a long, cold winter. Game Six in '02 was the first snow, and the blizzar ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    World Series: Everything We Ever Wanted -- And More

    Sergio Romo's slider frisbeed into Buster Posey's mitt for strike three. Sit down, Triple Crown -- and everyone was dancing on top of the tables. A Caltrain engineer leaned hard on his horn and the fans swarming the streets answered in kind. Thousands of orange-clad revelers descended upon Fourth an ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Bryan Stow, Beaten Giants Fan, Watched the Giants Kick Ass Last Night

    It's great news the Giants won game two of the World Series -- what's even better news is that Bryan Stow was there to witness it. The Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two was reportedly the Giants' guest at Game two where the team crushed the Detroit Tigers -- again. Stow, who suffered sever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    World Series: For the Giants, It's the Illusion of Magic

    Ah, the old "ball hits the base and bounces away from the defense" trick. It's been a dependable offensive weapon for the Giants this postseason. They pulled it out last night, just like they did in Barry Zito's previous start, in game five against the Cardinals. With two outs, nobody on, and the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    10 Ways to Prove You Are a Real Giants Fan

    Mayor Ed Lee has officially declared it San Francisco Giants Pride Week, which means starting today he wants this city to be all orange and black all the time -- or at least until the end of the World Series. The mayor doled out a few ideas for Giants fans to show they're excited to kick Detroit's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Five Songs About Baseball to Make You Joyful Before the Playoffs

    Alright, Bay Area baseball fanatics -- this is your moment. Because yes, the Oakland A's have made it to the playoffs for the first time in six years. And yes, AT&T Park is hosting playoff games for the Giants on both Saturday and Sunday this week. This is that magical period where anything coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Melky Cabrera Suspended: The Sorrow and the Pity

    After eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted by a grand jury for fixing the 1919 World Series, the Chicago Herald and Examiner reported that "one little urchin" latched onto Shoeless Joe Jackson's sleeve and asked him "It ain't true, is it?" History will always remember this quest ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Giants Facebook Page Hacked, Calls Chick-fil-A President "Asshole"

    We can only imagine how delighted San Franciscans were yesterday when they learned their hometown baseball team had weighed in on the whole Chick-fil-A flap with this pointed post:Although we wouldn't put it past the Giants to pop off in defense of gays, this Facebook message, which, by the way got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    2013 World Baseball Classic to Call AT&T Park Home

    It's official. San Francisco will host the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, calling AT&T Park home for the first time when more than two dozen teams from around the globe compete against each other next spring.This marks the third anniversary of the international baseball tournamen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Matt Cain to Start All-Star Game. May He Have Better Luck than Giants Predecessors.

    Some controversy has erupted over the selection of Giants ace Matt Cain to start tonight's All-Star Game over New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. This is a transcendentally stupid matter to get worked up over. If this game was meaningful and important, it wouldn't be held in Kansas City.Major L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Live Review, 6/23/12: New Edition Reunites With Bobby Brown at Oracle Arena

    New Edition Tony! Toni! Toné! Saturday, June 23, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Smacking it up, flipping it, or rubbing it down. New Edition's "Road to 30" tour celebrates 29 years since the band found international recording success. But its origins actually stretch back to 1978, when producer M ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Matt Cain's Perfect Game: Individual, Different, and Timeless

    In Monty Python's Life of Brian, a moment of hilarity is achieved when a massive crowd chants, in unison, "We are all individuals. We are all different."This has always been a favorite comedic theme. But, watching Matt Cain putting the finishing touches on a perfect game last night, it suddenly didn ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012
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    December 21, 2011
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    December 21, 2011
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    November 22, 2011

    What Do You Do If Your Kid Doesn't Like Kiss?

    Parents are continually influencing various aspects of their child's character development. You know, important things, like the growth of social competence and self-esteem, as well as how frequently a kid says "please" and "thank you," and doesn't hang up on telemarketers. Then there's the slightly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    MC Hammer, Brian Wilson, Other Non-San Francisco Voters Shill for Ed Lee

    By now you may already be recovering from watching the Ed Lee music video featuring MC Hammer, Brian Wilson, Ashkon, Willie Brown and others. The video was funded in large part by Hammer's good pal and right-wing piñata du jour Ron Conway, as well as Sean Parker (who you may recall having paranoid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Get Hungry: Pictures from the Bay Area BBQ Championship

    Luis Chong​The Bay Area BBQ Championship went down Saturday, with 32 competitors throwing down their best 'cue in the parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum before an A's-Angels doubleheader. The big winners? Big B's Down N Dirty of Pacifica was named Grand Champion, while Slap Yo Daddy of Diam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Madison Bumgarner -- It Gets Better!

    Keep smiling, champ​With Thursday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner entered into the running for a most undesirable laurel. Is he the greatest 2-8 pitcher in Major League history? Despite the 21-year-old's lopsided record, his earned-run average just keeps getting low ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    U2's Giant Spider Show Pops a Noisy, Well-Attended Squat in Oakland

    Christopher VictorioU2 in Oakland last night.​ U2 Lenny Kravitz Moonalice June 7, 2011 @ O.co Coliseum [The venue formerly known as the Oakland Coliseum] Better than: Watching a U2 concert DVD with the volume really high while standing outside with 70,000 other people. (But actually, that's e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Giants Release "It Gets Better" Video

    SF Weekly first reported that the San Francisco Giants would become the first professional sports team to produce an iconic "It Gets Better" video. Today, the World Series champs released a short video aimed to curb LGBT bullying and teen suicides. The roughly 60-second clip begins with Giants pitch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    The Franchise Recap: The Boys Are Back

    AuntJuli/Flickr​Last night, Showtime aired the first installment of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants, a look inside the lives and clubhouse of our defending World Series champions. The 30-minute premiere acted as preview for the series, which doesn't technically start until Ju ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011
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    January 19, 2011

    Brian Wilson Challenged to Brawl by Local Idiot

    Brian Wilson knows what's best in life: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women​The ascendancy of the San Francisco Giants has created an unexpected quandary. How much Brian Wilson is too much Brian Wilson? For one local dim bulb, that question ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Giants' Run-Scoring -- Or Lack Thereof -- Benefits Schools

    You don't need runs to win...​The San Francisco Giants -- a team whose inability to score runs lead to the popular comparison of the squad's play to torture -- improbably managed to win the World Series. That said, establishing an educational fund based on how many runs this team scored -- that, t ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    BART Hits Record Numbers, Thanks to Giants World Series Parade

    Joe EskenaziPublic transit-riders, unite! ​As SF Weekly wrote during the throes of the World Series, Arlington, Texas, the home of the Rangers, is the largest city in America without public transportation. So if you ever wanted to find yet another contrast between the Bay Area and the Metroplex, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Please Don't Hurt 'Em: Hammer Beefs With Jay-Z

    Now that we've made short work of Texas, it's apparently time to revive that age-old rap rivalry between the East and the West. So who's bringing the vitriol for the Left Coast? The Game? Ice Cube? Lil B? 2Pac's stepbrother Mopreme? Nope! It's Oakland rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, reality TV star, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Arlington, Home of the Rangers, Largest City in U.S. Without Public Transit. Blame the Rangers.

    You won't be riding this to a Rangers game​As precarious as riding Muni to Giants games can be, it'll always beat taking public transit to Texas Rangers contests. Because you can't. Wikipedia readers and others have been bandying about the claim that Arlington -- home to the Rangers, Dallas Cowboy ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    World Series: Let's Hope Fans Give Bengie Molina Ovation He Deserves

    ​Bengie Molina is a winner. And he's got the hardware to prove it. Whether the Rangers or Giants capture the World Series, Molina is walking away with a World Series ring. And then he'll retire. Hopefully, the home fans will give him the recognition he deserves today. Molina was a great Giant -- a ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Will President Bush Dare Come To the San Francisco World Series Games?

    I heart Texas Rangers.​Is Dubya coming to the World Series? Today's Examiner said it's "rumored" that George W. Bush is headed to either Games 1 or 2 in San Francisco to root for the Texas Rangers, the team which he used to partly own. (There's a good little bit of trivia to get you sports-apathet ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    World Series Specials? Most Places Near the Ballpark Just Want to Survive

    chuck l./YelpPublic House is the rare place offering World Series food specials ― some of them geared toward Rangers fans.​With AT&T Park in the national spotlight Wednesday for Game One of the World Series, you'd think South Beach restaurants would be busting out specials oozing with Fear t ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    East Coast Bias, Baseball Ruining SF Workers' Productivity

    Their generation didn't get anything done either​The San Francisco Giants' playoff push is a good thing for area baseball fans, which in turn is not-so-great for the Bay Area businesses which employ them, according to a report issued Wednesday."Workers in San Francisco will likely accomplish less ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Giants Offense Goes Berserk, Team Back in First

    Uribe's the Juan​We've finally found an apt metaphor for the San Francisco Giants' offense (or lack thereof). The Giants score runs like a snake eats. The team's run total for the past dozen games: 1, 0, 6, 0, 2, 10, 0, 1, 9, 1, 0, 13. That baker's dozen came yesterday in a barrage at Chicago, vau ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Padres Fans' Tortured Memories

    We all have something to hide...​As the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres face off in Game 2 of The Big Series tonight, one could be excused for confusing the M.O. of the two teams. Both feature pitching that ranges from above average to stellar and, on the offensive side, a lineup full of ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Barry Bonds to Blame for Fan's Smashed Face in New York, Lawsuit Argues

    Barry Bonds is blamed for inspiring a trend that led to a fan's face being smashed in New York​Just when you thought alleged perjurer Barry "Better Living Through Chemistry" Bonds couldn't be vilified any more, a lawsuit claims he's responsible for a trend that led to a man having his throat slash ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Giants Can't Quit Bengie Molina

    ​Bengie Molina, the best Giants catcher fans ever bitched incessantly about, is gone. Really he is. Last month, he was bundled off to Texas for a relief pitcher and a minor-leaguer, bringing about the dawn of the Buster Posey era. But, fittingly for a man who is arguably the slowest in the game, M ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Eric Byrnes: Softball God

    We recently wrote a pair of articles about how former Oakland A's fan favorite Eric Byrnes is now being paid $11 million to sell sofas and play beer-league softball on the Peninsula. After the wheels came off the 34-year-old's Major League career in Seattle, we were hoping Giants general manager Bri ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Eric Byrnes: Softball God

    We recently wrote a pair of articles about how former Oakland A's fan favorite Eric Byrnes is now being paid $11 million to sell sofas and play beer-league softball on the Peninsula. After the wheels came off the 34-year-old's Major League career in Seattle, we were hoping Giants general manager Bri ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Follow Pavement's Example and Support Stockton

    Marcus RothStockton boys Pavement in 1999​Pavement, the beloved slacker indie rock band, recently added a show in its hometown of Stockton to this year's headline-grabbing reunion tour. Stephen Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, and co. will play the Bob Hope Theatre on Thursday, June 24, th ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Dallas Braden's Perfect Game Is Perfect Story: Sweetness and Schadenfreude

    ​Yesterday, Oakland Athletics starter Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game -- retiring every opposing batter and allowing nary a one to reach first base. For the non-sports fans out there this, to borrow Vice President Joe Biden's lexicon, is a big fu**ing deal. In many ways, Braden's perfect game ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Eric Byrnes' Next Gig After Baseball: Selling Sofas

    This morning, we reported that former Oakland A's fan favorite Eric Byrnes, just days after being cut off the Seattle Mariners, was playing beer-league softball here in the Bay Area. But it hasn't been all play and no work for the young retiree. Byrnes was spotted hawking houseware at a San Carlos s ... More >>

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