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    April 4, 2014

    Giants Look to Spoil Dodgers Home Opener

    The Giants accomplished exactly what they hoped to: beating the hapless Diamondbacks three out of four to open the 2014 season in Phoenix. San Francisco scored 23 runs versus Arizona "pitching" in the series, with Brandon Belt (three home runs and five RBIs) and Angel Pagan (.421 with 6 RBIs) lead ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    5 Things You Can Expect From the Giants This Season

    While spring hopes eternal for 30 clubs until a pitch is thrown in earnest, only five in each league will make it to October. Look for the San Francisco Giants to be one of those teams. Here's a few things to consider when Bruce Bochy's men open the 2014 season Monday night in Arizona, Madison B ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Warriors: What the Nuggets Fans Are Saying Today

    We've been blessed here in the Bay. The Sports Gods have granted us a cornucopia of sports ecstasy. There've been dreamlike successes--from the Giants' championship to the 49ers Super Bowl run. But more than that, there've been epic performances: Matt Cain's perfect game; Pablo Sandoval's three home ... 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 26, 2012

    Would You Eat a Matt Cain Pizza?

    So you didn't score tickets to the World Series games. Big deal. You can still probably score some free pizza. Patxi's Pizza is offering Giants fans a chance to get pizza and win a signed Matt Cain jersey when they order up a piping hot pie online anytime during the World Series.

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    October 24, 2012

    San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Drinking Game

    Seeing-eye singles, elimination games, Madison Bumgarner. In Giants baseball, before the joy comes the anguish and anxiety. If San Francisco wins the World Series, you already know it'll be a teeth-grinding, knee-shaking, hair-pulling operation. If the Giants lose, it'll just suck. See also: 10 Way ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Matt Cain to Host Pizza Party for Petaluma Little League World Series Champs

    Most Bay Area youngsters only dream of rubbing elbows with Giants' perfect game maestro Matt Cain. And now the starting pitcher is about to make some kids' hopes come true. On Sunday, Matt Cain and Patxi's Pizza will treat the Petaluma Little League World Series champs to a celebratory pizza party. ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    49ers Make It Gets Better Video for LGBT Youth

    The San Francisco 49ers gave their fans new reason to cheer them on. The team became the first in the NFL to make its own It Gets Better video, calling on the nation the stop bullying LGBT youth. The football team released the minute-long video today, which shows clips of defensive tackles Ricky Jea ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 29, 2012

    San Francisco Giants: Shutout Streak's Infinitesimal Odds

    Everyone who's come up a bit short has heard the old adage "You can't win them all." A lesser-known corollary is that "you certainly can lose them all." Simply put, failure is easier than success. So, when unbridled successes begin to stack atop one another -- as is the case for the San Francisco Gi ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Matt Cain's Perfect Game: Gavin Newsom's Tweet Might Have Lost Him the L.A. Vote

    Like with every big happening in the world these days, Matt Cain's perfect game -- the first in Giants history -- sent Twitter into an immediate and homogenous flutter. The magnitude of which we haven't seen since ... Manny Pacquiao dominated got screwed by corrupt/blind judges against Tim Bradley o ... 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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    April 19, 2012

    San Francisco Giants' Instant Classic Stirs Foul Memories

    Last night's epic duel between San Francisco's Matt Cain and Philadelphia's Cliff Lee was that rarest of things: It felt like a throwback to another time and a videogame. The Giants' right-hander tossed nine innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He threw a minuscule 91 pitches and was removed only becau ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Emily Luchetti Hawks Giants-Themed Cookies on Opening Day

    The terms "baseball" and "baked goods" don't normally go together -- unless you're talking about Dock Ellis, the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who managed to toss a no-hitter while high on acid. Well, San Francisco does take on Pittsburgh in Friday's home-opener. Ellis retired more than 30 years ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Matt Cain: Giants Overpay for Quality

    ​The news that Giants stalwart right-hander Matt Cain is the new beneficiary of a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension will, inevitably, be greeted by analysis of whether the team overpaid or not. There are three ways to answer that: "Yes"; "yes with explanation"; and "baseball salary numb ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Giants' New Aircraft, Sandbox, and Beer Kiosk Won't Replace Matt Cain

    ​Giants fans are getting the Opening Day jitters, as they prepare to watch their favorite World Series team take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Francisco on April 13. And this year, fans have more than the return of a healthy Buster Posey to look forward to.

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    March 28, 2012
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    July 21, 2011

    The Franchise Episode 2 Recap: Hey Now, You're an All-Star

    ​I've written before that "The Franchise" is not really a show for Giants fans. In theory, it's a way for Major League Baseball to introduce some of the game's personalities to a broader audience at a time when they're finding it difficult to market most of their players. In its basic conception, ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    The Franchise Episode 1: Promising Rookie Looks a Little Raw

    UCinternationa​When Showtime aired a preview for The Franchise in April, the Giants were only two weeks into the MLB season and still riding high in defense of their World Series title. Back then, the show looked like a window into the lives of baseball players, rather than a rough-and-tumble vie ... More >>

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    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 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 >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Buster Posey's Injury Could End His Season After Smash-Up at Home Plate

    dirkhasen/FlickrWill Buster be on DL for rest of 2011?​UPDATE: Giants just confirmed that Posey has suffered a lower left leg fracture. He's been placed on the 15-day DL, with an MRI scheduled for today, but he'll be indefinitely out until they know more. "There's no time table for his return," sa ... More >>

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    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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    December 15, 2010

    Giants To Be Honored -- By Congress?

    Sadly, the Congressional bill congratulating the Giants does not make mention of 'The Machine'​Congressional Bill: "Whereas the rest of the country learned to 'fear the beard'" Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- you've heard of her -- yesterday introduced a Congressional bill "Congratulating the San Francisco G ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    World Series: Actual Odds For Amazingly Stupid Bets

    ​Those who squander their hard-earned cash on food and heat rather than gambling it away may not know what a prop bet is. It's not a wager on, say, Yorick's skull or the gun Chekhov saw fit to hang on the wall.  Rather, it's a proposition bet -- or side bet -- on something seemingly chancy an ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Giants' Internet Sensation Ashkon Davaran Not Ready to Stop Believing

    Ashkon Davaran hasn't stopped believing​Make no mistake about it, Ashkon Davaran is enjoying his time as an internet celebrity. But he's not enjoying it nearly as much as what put him there: an extended San Francisco Giants playoff ride. The Bay Area-born actor and musician's Giants-themed takeoff ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Giants First Pitch -- Three Hours of Pretending to Work Commences

    ​The pregame flyover jets rattled Mission Bay, heroes of the 2002 World Series team -- including one Barry Lamar Bonds -- tossed out ceremonial first pitches, and Matt Cain has just retired the side in order. It's day baseball -- and much of San Francisco will either not work, half-ass it at work, ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    The Case For Barry Zito

    Barry Zito is a lot better than you think. Of course, that statement is relative. ​My old pal Randy Shaw at BeyondChron and your humble narrator will never be confused for blood brothers -- but we are both U.C. Berkeley alums and longtime San Francisco Giants supporters who have suffered mightily ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Baseball's Bizarre Cost-Benefit Economics Means Brad Penny Signing Has Already Paid Off For Giants

    Keith AllisonBoston castoff Brad Penny has already earned his keep with the Giants​Raise your right hand high over your head if you predicted that the San Francisco Giants' scrap-heap recovery project, Brad Penny, would come within three outs of throwing a shutout last night in a dominant debut vs ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Baseball Savant Pablo Sandoval Is Must-See TV -- And That's What Giants Need

    Just prior to the season, we chatted with the impresario behind the Giants' latest round of TV ads. As we put it then, "The San Francisco Giants' entire ad campaign used to boil down to 'Come watch: We Got Barry.' Now the overriding message is, 'Come watch: Barry's gone.'" Needless to say, it hasn't ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    Taking a Shot for the Team!

    A drinking game to get you through the Giants' dismal season.

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    April 4, 2008

    Blue in the Bay: Dodgers Edge Giants in Season Opening Series

    Every week this baseball season, Blue in the Bay breaks down the heated rivalry with assessments of both teams. Think of it as a power rankings of sorts, only between two teams, and from an obtusely biased perspective of a Dodgers fan living in San Francisco. Don't worry, I'll give the Giants credit ... More >>

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