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Dining, Fresh Eats A Fruit Tree Grows in AT&T Park

A Fruit Tree Grows in AT&T Park

Right behind the center field wall, in most ballparks, fans can find some unique attraction that pertains to the team or the city's character in some way. (Yankee Stadium has Monument Park, the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field has an…
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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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Dining, Eat You Shouldn't Go Hungry

You Shouldn't Go Hungry

My earliest impressions of faraway New York City are a jumble of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, King Kong on the Empire State Building, Lyle Lyle the Crocodile, the despised New York Yankees, and Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy, an…
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