The proposed move of the Warriors to San Francisco, expected to be announced as soon as this week, makes no sense except for one thing: Joe Lacob’s ego.
Lacob is simply out of control with his ego. He and co-owner Peter Gruber overbid Larry Ellison to buy the Warriors franchise and now, Lacob’s plan (he’s apparently making all the decisions) is to pay far too much for an arena in San Francisco, just because he thinks he’ll become a glamorous figure in San Francisco society. Read More
The Bay Bridge Series, which starts tonight at AT&T Park, will determine which of the teams is better at this point, but nothing more. Both teams are pretenders, not contenders in the race to the postseason.
The A’s have been a surprise this season, at least in part because they have a solid manager in Bob Melvin and they got back pitching coach Curt Young, who specializes in developing young pitchers, perfect for the A’s who have a new crop of them every year. Read More
Randy Moss is a great player, but also a polarizing figure, so it’s no surprise that his acquisition by the 49ers has been hotly debated by fans and media.
Put me down on the positive side.
Two things have been known about Moss since before he even turned pro: 1. He has an often-unstoppable combination of speed and size; and 2. He turns his effort button on and off, depending on the circumstances. Read More
Oakland is striking back at the blatant effort by Lew Wolff to run down the A’s so he can move them to San Jose.
Last week, a group of Oakland businessmen, led by Clorox CEO Don Knauss, called a press conference to offer help to Wolff and his money man, John Fisher, in building a park in Oakland. Knauss has experience in this area because he was the CEO for Minute Maid in Houston when the park was built there. If Wolff and Fisher wanted to sell the club, Knauss said he knew of three potential buyers. Read More
The Giants’ hitting problems will continue indefinitely because of stupidity in the front office, in the manager’s office and among the players in the dugout. All of them are living in the past.
In the mid-’80s, Bill James led a revolution in baseball statistics and the smart clubs in baseball are following that path. The Boston Red Sox even hired James for awhile. Read More
The media treatment of Giants pitchers Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito early in the season this year demonstrates a total disregard for recent history.
Lincecum struggled badly coming out of the gate, and there were numerous reports wondering what had gone wrong. Nothing. Lincecum has often had these spells of ineffectiveness, as recently as August, but they’re more than balanced by his longer periods of dominance.
He’s returned to good form lately, so hopefully, we’ll have no more “the sky is falling” stories. Read More
This should be a very uncomfortable offseason for Michael Crabtree as the 49ers have signed free-agent receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham and drafted A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois in the first round. The message is clear: Quit whining and start playing or you’ll be on the bench. Read More
The 49ers’ pick of Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round Thursday night demonstrated conclusively what they felt their biggest need was.
And this after they’d already signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham as free agents. Michael Crabtree had better check his ego at the door and start working hard at running his patterns or he might find himself on the practice squad. Read More
The whining by San Franciscans because the 49ers are building a stadium in Santa Clara is pathetic. The DeBartolos and Yorks tried to build a new stadium at Candlestick Point but circumstances and politics prevented that. They had no choice but to move south. Read More
Is the demise of football imminent? The sport is at its all-time popularity peak, but decisions are being made in both the NFL and college football that imperil its future.
And naturally, money is at the root of it all. Read More
Giants manager Bruce Bochy likes to invoke that old cliché, “Players make out the lineup,” meaning that performance decides who will play. He should also admit that contracts play a big part in lineup decisions for the Giants.
Case in point: Though Brandon Belt was supposed to start the first two weeks, unless a left-hander were pitching, he was not in the lineup for the second series of the season, nor the first two home games against Pittsburgh. Read More
Pitching is the most important part of baseball and often the most unpredictable, as the Giants have learned in their first six games on the road. But now, they’re returning to AT&T Park and their drive for the NL West title should get a jump start.AT&T is known as a pitcher’s park. Hitters can hit the ball out, as Barry Bonds proved many times, but there are no fluke hits that go out, as there often are in Coors Field in Denver, and sometimes at Chase Field in Phoenix, too. Read More
For National League fans, this will be the last season of watching the 19th-century version of baseball. Next year, the NL has to adopt the designated hitter.
The change will come because, with the move of the Houston Astros to the American League, both leagues will have 15 teams, meaning there will be an interleague game every day of the season. Read More
As the full-blown major league baseball season starts today, the Giants seem headed for consistent success while the A’s are still on the path to nowhere.It’s been a week of good news for the Giants. The Mission Rock development is a positive, not just for them, but for San Francisco. But the signing of Matt Cain to a long-term contract was the really good news for fans. Read More
Matt Cain was the guy the Giants absolutely had to sign.Signing pitchers to a long-term deal can be dangerous because pitchers are more likely to break down physically than position players. But not Matt Cain.Though Tim Lincecum has had the more spectacular career so far, I think Cain’s career as a top pitcher will be longer because of the type of pitcher he is. Read More