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Dining, SFoodie Monday Seven: The Canned Parrots of Telegraph Hill, 1300 Fillmore Throws a Party

Monday Seven: The Canned Parrots of Telegraph Hill, 1300 Fillmore Throws a Party

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Film, "Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

"Trouble with the Curve": Still Too Old After All These Years

What a strange thing for an actor, when one has been rehearsing one's decline and death for so very long! Eastwood is 82 today; he was wasting away from TB as early as Honkytonk Man (1982), had officially entered his…
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News, The Snitch Manny Ramirez in Oakland: Savor the Possibilities

Manny Ramirez in Oakland: Savor the Possibilities

Back in the days of yore, Jon Lovitz had a Saturday Night Live bit in which he pitched himself to "single women in their 30s" with the plea "Lower your standards!"Fast-forwarding several decades, the Oakland A's signed erratic, potential fortysomething,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Baseball by the Numbers

Baseball by the Numbers

Michael Lewis's book Moneyball was published in 2003, in the immediate wake of The Season That Shook Baseball. The story didn't look like much on the surface: Billy Beane, a former ballplayer-turned-scout-turned-GM, and Paul DePodesta, an Ivy League wonk, took…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Baseball Team

The 2006 Oakland A's "I'm excited about 2005," A's General Manager Billy Beane told an interviewer not long ago. "I'm even more excited about 2006." And well he should be. This past winter, in the span of a week, Beane…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best General Manager

Billy Beane Oakland A's Read Moneyball to get the full rundown on the maverick executive's philosophies, which have helped the upstart Oakland A's put together a string of post-season appearances in recent years despite one of the smallest payrolls in…
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News, Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions

Certain cities with year-round chilly or balmy weather enjoy pretending as if they actually have four seasons: Florida stores are jammed with heavy sweaters each winter, and San Francisco retail outlets stock shmattes and shorts that are wildly inappropriate for…
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Culture, Books

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

By Michael Lewis W.W. Norton (2003), $24.95 Under General Manager Billy Beane, the cash-strapped Oakland A's have defied baseball orthodoxy, winning with a cut-rate lineup of castoffs and no-names and with a front office full of Harvard grads staring at…
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