He’s here, watching Roger Federer succeed and thinking about the Raiders’ inability to succeed.
He’s here, raving about Serena Williams picking up her game and moaning about the Warriors picking up Ekpe Udoh in the NBA draft.
Opinions. Brad Gilbert will offer them. He’ll offer them for pay on ESPN, where at this Wimbledon and other tennis events, he serves as an analyst. Read More
A host of players from area colleges were drafted on the second day of the baseball draft, but it was a prep star who was the highest local player drafted Tuesday.
Aragon High shortstop Sam Tuivailala was taken in the third round (No. 106 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Tuivailala, who has committed to play at Fresno State next year, also pitched for Aragon. Read More
All hail the commissioner. Bow in fear to the guardians of our beloved games because these benevolent despots have carte blanche to do almost anything. Just keep that TV money rolling in and fans turning out in droves and team owners would probably elect Fidel Castro. Read More
Has the Giants emphasis on more selective hitting hurt Pablo Sandoval? I asked Giants manager Bruce Bochy that after another dispiriting shutout loss Sunday.
“I don’t think so,” Bochy said. “He’s still very aggressive at the plate. He took some real rips today.” Read More
Coming out of spring training with booming bats and the best record in baseball, the Giants were buzzing with optimism about their improved lineup. But nearly a quarter of the way into the season and not only is the 2010 team hitting a whole lot like a year ago, San Francisco’s prized Panda looks surprisingly lost at the plate. Read More
Now it is the Sharks’ turn to overcome the Curse of the Bay-bino. No, our teams didn’t sell Babe Ruth — just traded Willie Mays and Mark McGwire — but they’ve been undone by a jinx, the Left Coast version.
Fame of late has been achieved less through suspension bridges than suspended belief. They did what? We’re the kings of the “Here We Go Again” syndrome.
That is, for those teams even successful enough to make the postseason. Read More
Perhaps the A’s should rethink the policy against banners at the Coliseum negative to management, permitting display on the condition that signs must be accompanied by paying customers.
While understandably no one wishes to be trashed in his own house, and figuratively that’s what the Coliseum is for the A’s, better to have the seats filled, if even by those who proclaim disdain for Lew Wolff. Read More
It was another of those should have, could have days for the Bay Area, the ones overloaded with bad memories and worse possibilities.
There was Manny Ramirez standing at the plate for the Dodgers, two outs in the eighth and you knew what was going to happen. Read More
The shocking decision to remove Jack Cust from their roster just emphasizes what observers had already noted: The 2010 A’s will be built around pitching and speed.
Cust was there strictly for his power hitting, but that was offset by his frequent strikeouts: 572 in 1,463 at-bats over nearly three seasons with the A’s. Because of those strikeouts, he shouldn’t be a middle-of-the-order hitter because he can short circuit too many potential rallies. Read More
You’d better get to AT&T Park early tonight. Before the Giants-A’s Bay Bridge Series opener, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco will be taking part in a home run hitting contest taking hacks against Roger Clemens. Yes, the old outlaws of baseball’s wild, wild west will lock and load for one last time in an event being billed as the “Sock it to the Rocket” show. Proceeds go to their legal defense funds. Read More