STANFORD — If Wednesday’s Bay Area college baseball media day proved anything, it’s that if one hopes to break into the postseason this season, one will have to rely on good pitching.
And a lot of it.
Pitching was the theme of the Stanford-hosted sit-down Wednesday with local participating colleges Stanford, Cal, USF, San Jose State, St. Mary’s and Santa Clara. And surrounding the importance of what transpires on the college mound greatly revolves around the NCAA BBCOR bat standard, which was introduced last year. Read More
Five years ago, the medical staff at San Francisco General Hospital saved Margaret Timbrell’s life after she was struck by a truck while riding her bike. Today, she is giving back. The S.F.-based artist was one of 14 chosen to participate in this year’s Hearts in San Francisco series fundraiser. Trimbell’s artwork will be auctioned off at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon on Thursday at AT&T Park. Read More
Julie King, community partner and board of directors member of the nonprofit BeadforLife for more than five years, has one mission: to eradicate poverty in Uganda by helping women help themselves. For more information, visit www.beadforlife.org.With the holidays far behind us, how important is it for people to help the less fortunate? It certainly is important at this time of year, but it’s also really important year-round. In July, people are just as hungry as they are in December. Read More
It’s been Nonito Donaire’s moniker for most of his professional fist-fighting life.
His exquisite speed of hand and foot while toiling in Bay Area boxing gyms led to his branding as “The Filipino Flash.” But flashy, in addition to fast, is how the elite Peninsula-based pugilist fights.
That’s how Donaire fought — or tried to fight — in his last contest against the defensively competent but offensively unwilling Argentine Omar Narvaez. Read More
As was expected after the Giants’ first world championship in 52 years, last year’s FanFest was one of records.
Roughly 35,000 to 40,000 fans — die-hards and front-runners alike — swarmed AT&T Park in hopes of getting within earshot of their favorite players.
This year’s attendance is expected to be smaller.
An estimated 20,000 will flock to the ballpark on King Street on Saturday for the 19th annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest.
But just to have their bases covered for the free event, organizers have prepared for a 40,000-fan turnout. Read More
It was something that Tim Brown had heard soon after retiring from the NFL in 2005, and it’s something he’s often heard since. “Of course I had heard, ‘Oh, you should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” said the former Raiders receiver who this year is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “It would just be the ultimate,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, you look up and you’re in the position to be immortalized with the greats of the greats. It’s an incredible opportunity.” Read More
Dennis Allen didn’t quite know when he wanted to be an NFL coach.He did know, however, that it was sometime at “a young age.”And Monday, at the age of 39, that’s how he was officially introduced.And if the youngest current head coach in the NFL sticks by what he claimed during the Raiders’ introductory news conference, he will stress discipline. Read More
Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants was more than the biggest game of 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown’s career. It was a shot to outduel his best friend, New York cornerback Aaron Ross.“I’m definitely going out there to try to make more plays than him,” Brown said in the week leading up to the matchup. And it was in trying to make a big play where the friendship between the two Texas products showed. Read More
As the lights at Candlestick Park dimmed Sunday on San Francisco’s hopes for a sixth Super Bowl appearance, one man’s name was thrust understandably, yet perhaps unjustly, into the scorching media spotlight. Kyle Williams, the 23-year-old out of Arizona State, is that man. “It’s one of those feelings that you don’t ever want to feel on the football field,” Williams said, who twice on separate punt returns turned over the ball, the last of which led to the New York Giants’ overtime game-winning field goal. “To give it up in a situation like that, it’s painful.” Read More
Melanie Yunk, the founding president of Roaring Pajamas, a consulting agency that helps businesses set up social media marketing campaigns and digital strategies, received the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year award Thursday for her volunteerism with the chamber and community.What does it mean to you to receive this honor? There are so many talented, accomplished and deserving people in the chamber, so to be honored ... is humbling.How did you react to the news? I was shocked, really, because I feel like I don’t do enough. Read More
Josh Forth is a Reposado guy, but it wasn’t always that way. The current bar manager at Mosto, a tequila bar that opened the day before Thanksgiving in the Mission district, grew up in San Diego knowing wine. And having bartended nearly half of his life, Forth, 36, who is also an artist in his free time, infuses his love for food into his craft behind the bar. And with more than 300 agave spirits on the list, tequila knowledge isn’t the only thing customers can be exposed to. For those wanting to leave a piece of themselves at Mosto, just look up. Read More
Before Saturday, it had been six years since Carlos Rogers had been in a playoff game.
It was his rookie season, and the cornerback out of Auburn was just beginning what would end up being a long stint with the Washington Redskins.
And that stint is the reason why Rogers, the oldest man in the 49ers’ secondary at age 30, knows Sunday’s opponent so well. Read More
There is no perspective like the one that is learned first hand. And it was probably that perspective that coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who came a hair short of playing in a Super Bowl, relied on when describing his team.
“These guys are my heroes ... all of them,” Harbaugh said of his players, reflecting on their gallant toppling of the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. “Alex [Smith] was heroic in this game. So was Justin [Smith], so was Donte [Whitner], so was Aldon [Smith], so was Vernon Davis.” Read More
If securing an NFC Championship Game at home was something on Jim Harbaugh’s checklist, then the rookie coach probably had a reason to root for the underdog in the other NFC divisional matchup over the weekend.
"I never really root," the 49ers coach confessed, acknowledging possible danger. "It’s almost like one of those things — be careful what you wish for ... and if I ever do root in a game, it’s always for the team that’s playing harder." Read More
They say to make the playoffs is to get a ticket to the dance. And to follow an appropriate motto, there’s another saying that goes "dance with the one you brought."
"We’re going to play our game," Alex Smith said. "We’re not going to be somebody we’re not."
The statement that Saturday’s impending game at Candlestick Park is the biggest of the 49ers quarterback’s football life is as unoriginal as it is obvious. Read More