This is just too easy. Can of corn. It's like, some of this stuff, I can just pluck right out of last year's column. As baseball season kicks off tonight, here are my predictions for 2014:
AuntJuli/FlickrLast 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 >>
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 >>
Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck is on his wayFor San Francisco, Dec. 15 is payday. Dr. Robert Cluck, the vanquished mayor of Arlington, Texas, will be heading into the city to make good on the World Series bet he made with Mayor Gavin Newsom. Cluck will be helping Newsom oversee a Junior Giants ... More >>
Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck will require an XL jerseyBART riders spotting a man decked out in ill-fitting Giants gear, handing out treats, and serenading them with local ditties need not be alarmed. It's just Gary Thomas, the executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, paying off his Wo ... More >>
Richard HaickA big win for the Giants -- and Gavin? The Bay Citizen had an interesting piece today about how the San Francisco Giants' thrilling World Series victory could boost Democrats' chances in today's election. We're not so sure about the repeated shots of George W. Bush's futile attempts ... More >>
You won't be riding this to a Rangers gameAs 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 >>
After the Rangers bullpen issued four consecutive free passes to the Giants in a 7-run eighth, this phrase has taken on a whole new meaningThe San Francisco Giants are not running on all cylinders. They are running on cylinders we didn't even know they had. If you're even a marginal fan, you know ... More >>
This may explain the misplays in right field...Everything that could be said about the World Series has pretty much been said. The Giants have done no wrong, they're in a commanding spot, but things can change quickly. So we feel entitled to bring up that, yes, Vlad Guerrero is a dead ringer for ... More >>
Eric GolubGame 1 viewed from the Willie McCovey statue on the far side of McCovey CoveA Giants fan is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because, with this team, the other shoe always drops. I can't speak for the hordes of orange-clad people inundating our city -- though, as a long-suffer ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Gavin Newsom, gamblin' manSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck have announced their good-natured wager on the pending World Series. And it's pretty unspectacular. I just read the article five minutes ago and I can't even remember all the details. That's how unspec ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
When a big-, moderate-, or even small-time Giants player washes out, it's bad news for him and his fans. But for you -- it's a bargain in disguise. We've written in the past about the team's dugout store marking outfielder Marquis Grissom's paraphernalia down to the price of a breakfast snack the ... More >>
Do not step into one of these vehicles until you've read this articleThe other day we ran an article about an alleged violent drunk who refused to pay for his cab ride. When the cabbie began driving toward a police station, the inebriated fare attempted to choke him before tossing a soiled $10 bi ... More >>
Oliver Stone assigns motive to Dubya's M.O., but at this point, who cares?
When a Texas Rangers reliever threw a chair at a fan, the response was outrage. But was the outrage overdone?
Bernie Mac needs three more hits. He won't likely find one here.
Love of the national pastime, on display at a downtown art gallery
Absolutely nothing -- unless you're Clear Channel Communications
Matt Gonzalez should be backed in District 5 runoff; George W. Bush should be ashamed for considering a coup