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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mean Auntie Beats Niece with Pink Baseball Bat

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Kansas ... where aunts are much nicer to their nieces
  • Kansas ... where aunts are much nicer to their nieces

Loreal Brown is no Auntie Em. The San Francisco woman was arrested this week after she allegedly chased down her 18-year-old niece and hit her with a pink baseball bat.

The victim and her mother -- Brown's sister -- gave police conflicting stories about what happened that night on the sidewalk at Eddy and Pierce streets. But what investigators do know is that a fight broke out between the victim and another teen, who were arguing over $50, Captain Denis O'Leary told SF Weekly.

The victim managed to wrangle the cash from her opponent, but the fighting wasn't over.

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The Franchise Episode Five Recap: The Agony of Defeat

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:00 AM


The Franchise has been on a nice run lately, alternating Cliffs Notes of the team season with human-interest stories in the right balance. However, for all its successes, the producers have had an easy time drumming up content. The Giants have been a stellar team over the course of the series so far, but they've been good enough that it's been possible to tell their story in relatively breezy fashion. Add in some major events like the All-Star Game and the White House visit, and the show has been easy to watch. There have been fun events and dramatic moments, but not the sense that this team is somehow unworthy of being the only MLB squad with a premium cable series devoted to its trials and travails.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Franchise Episode 3 Recap: Got Heem!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM


Over the past few weeks, I've complained that The Franchise has too often focused on establishing and teasing out narratives rather than using its access to its best advantage. The first two episodes spent most of their time introducing the audience to players, sometimes more than once, and generally attempted to tell the story of the 2010 Giants in an amount of time that guaranteed it would feel incomplete. This series is unique because it shows parts of the Giants we've never seen before, not because it tells the story of the team especially well.

So I'm happy to say that the third installment of The Franchise is a success on all counts. This week's show finds the Giants floating in the doldrums between the All-Star Break and the trade deadline. Lacking any huge storylines, the episode glances over team's performance in broad, quick strokes, but focuses on the nitty-gritty of being on a professional baseball team.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM

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 it's finding it difficult to market most of its players. In its basic conception, this series is going to cover a number of topics with which Giants fans are well acquainted.

That was the case during last week's official premiere, and it's likely to be an issue for the entire show. We'd better get used to it.

Still, there's a difference between covering familiar territory and rehashing the same storylines within the series itself. Unfortunately, last night's half-hour episode -- focusing almost entirely on the team's All-Stars -- tackled a few topics that were discussed in-depth in the previous week's offering.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

San Francisco Giants to Visit White House, Maybe Resolve Budget Talks

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Just what Washington needs
  • Just what Washington needs

It's probably a good thing for all involved that the San Francisco Giants will be paying a visit to President Barack Obama next Monday. The Giants deserve their hard-earned recognition as World Series champs, and Washington needs a dose of good sense as negotiations grind on over whether to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Obama has invited the Giants over to honor their successful 2010 season. (No word yet on whether Charlie Sheen is invited to this particular play-date.) But we wonder whether the Giants, with their ineffable mixture of pluck, eccentricity, and wit, can't help move along the disastrous road-show of budget talks between Republicans and the White House.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brian Wilson's New Cleats Are Even More Awesome Than His Orange Spikes

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Fashion faux-pas
  • Fashion faux-pas

Now that we think about it, it was about this time last year that Giants closer Brian Wilson started growing his now ubiquitous black beard. He had told his fellow teammates that he'd shave it when they lost -- and, well, that day never came.

So now, a year later, Wilson talks about his facial fame. "I never knew there was such thing as morning beard," Wilson tells MLB. "It's like a spider's nest."

Aside from his iconic shoe-polish-black beard, Wilson also garnered fame for the hideous orange cleats he wore during last year's All-Star game. He was later fined for trying to don them again in the regular season. But screw the orange cleats. Wilson will be wearing some new spikes for the All-Star game that promise to be even more eccentric.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bryan Stow Family's Attorney: Lawsuit Will Not Be Affected by Dodgers Bankruptcy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

The Dodgers may be bankrupt, but the Stow lawsuit is safe.
  • The Dodgers may be bankrupt, but the Stow lawsuit is safe.

Bryan Stow's family's lawsuit against  Dodger Stadium will likely go forward without any major hiccups even after the team filed for bankruptcy this week, an attorney for the family told SF Weekly.

Thomas Girardi, a Los Angeles-based lawyer representing Stow's family, says that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's unusual agreement with the team will let the lawsuit go forward while the team suffers financially. The family recently sued Dodger Stadium where Stow was brutally beaten by Dodgers fans in the parking lot after the March 31 opener game.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Black Market Giants World Series Gear to Be Donated to Haitians

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Giants win goes global.
  • Giants win goes global.

Remember when the feds were vigorously seizing knock-off Giants World Series clothing from black-market vendors around AT&T Park last year? Well, it turns out that all those clothes won't just rot in federal custody.

In one of those unexpected turns in a globalized world, Haitian earthquake

survivors will soon be sporting those Giants World Series T-shirts. 

The Department of Homeland Security plans to donate the haul of knock-off shirts and hats to World Vision, a humanitarian organization that helps children living in poverty around the globe. The clothes have trademarked logos such as Major League Baseball, Giants, World Series, or - in a few cases - the Texas Rangers, said Anthony Ho, the deputy special agent in charge from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Bryan Stow: Video Shows Giants Fan Arguing with Dodgers Fan Before Attack

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Bryan Stow
  • Bryan Stow

A new video released today shows that Bryan Stow, the beaten Giants fan who remains in a coma, arguing with a Dodgers fan during the March 31 game where he was attacked.

The video was released by TMZ, and shows Stow sitting at his seat at the opener game, confronting a man wearing a Dodgers "Banda 23" jersey. The man doesn't resemble Giovanni Ramirez, who was arrested on suspicion of beating Stow in the parking lot after the game. Ramirez, 31, has not yet been charged with the assault, yet police insist he is the primary aggressor.

Los Angeles police told reporters that they have not reviewed the video footage closely enough to say how it could effect the case, if at all.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Buster Posey Update: Send Giants Star a Get Well Card

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM


We have official news about Giants catcher Buster Posey, and it's not good. The team is reporting that Posey has suffered a lower leg fracture and torn ligaments in his ankle, which could put him on the sidelines for a while.


Fans aren't happy seeing the Giants star taken out of the game, which is why it's important that Posey heal as soon as possible. The team has set up a place where fans can sign a get well card for their favorite Giants player.

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