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Calendar, Night&Day Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

The leather-lunged rivalry between Giants and A’s fans has cooled a bit since Barry Bonds retired, depriving East Bay boo-birds of their favorite target. There’s also the small matter that the teams have moved in opposite directions, with the Giants…
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Film, "Moneyball": Formula Works for Sabermetrics Sports Flick

"Moneyball": Formula Works for Sabermetrics Sports Flick

As of this writing, the Oakland Athletics sit at a distant third in the American League West, 18 games behind the Texas Rangers managed by Ron Washington, once a coach under A's wonderboy Billy Beane. The A's have not had…
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Calendar, Night&Day It Takes a Lot of Balls

It Takes a Lot of Balls

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have shared many things over the years. Former Giants outfielder and manager Dusty Baker, for example, ended his on-field career in Oakland. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti worked as a relief pitcher on…
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Music, Bouncer

Isolation drills at Celia's

When I get depressed, I usually isolate myself from everything. I retreat from friends, family, neighbors, roommates, pets, even books. No reading for me; I get lost in television. Often I don't actually know that I'm down until I realize…
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Music, Bouncer

Pretzels and Cheddar Goldfish: The cosmos' quarry

I recently got me one of them tomes I like to call "brainy bachelor bathroom books." It's one of the sort you can find dog-eared on the back of some learned dude's toilet. These books are invariably nonfiction and usually…
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Music, Bouncer

Stealing bases and talking balls at Thieves Tavern

Here is where feminism screwed up: It went from the right to go braless and demand equal pay to becoming a mode of study in higher education. This means that every year academics must come up with new angles on…
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News, Feature Say-It-Ain't-So Joe

Say-It-Ain't-So Joe

The earth beneath Joe Morgan's feet is impossibly flat, every bump smoothed over, every blemish manicured into oblivion, all so that a white cork-filled ball might roll straight and true, the way it has for a hundred years. I am…
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