In baseball, it was pointed out correctly, if not grammatically proper, by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: You don’t know nothing. Or did you think Barry Zito would be a savior after Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain would be, not disasters, but at least disappointments?
To the contrary, one thing we all know is no matter how the A’s do, and that was a brilliant 1-0 win Monday night, they can’t draw beans, not with the kicking and screaming involved in their desperate attempt to flee to San Jose. Read More
And now we wait and hope, hope the next major golf championship of 2012, the U.S. Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club in June, can be as full of tension and greatness — and, of course, drama — as the Masters.What an ending Sunday, in the shadows after the setting sun dipped below the Georgia pines, a day of history, only the fourth double-eagle in 77 Masters and, because the winner couldn’t be determined until a sudden-death playoff, mystery. Read More
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For a few hours Wednesday, the most important person at Augusta National was not Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. It wasn’t a pro golfer. It wasn’t even a “he,” which is the reason Ginni Rometty and her status has become important.They’ll be teeing off this morning in the 76th Masters. The entrants that is. On Wednesday, some of the media teed off on Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National. Read More
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This is where it begins, on the fairways and under the pines. This is where the golfing year starts. It’s all been a warmup until now, until the first weekend of April, until the Masters.Jack Nicklaus defined his year by the majors, and if that idea were good enough for Jack, still the greatest until proven differently, it’s good enough for the rest of us. And the rest of the pros.The Road Ends Here is the copyrighted slogan for the NCAA’s Final Four, which in fact ended Monday night in New Orleans with Kentucky sweeping to victory. Read More
The Giants are going to be in the World Series. And then, just as in 2002, they’ll lose to the Los Angeles Angels.
That’s the prediction from Sports Illustrated, which is rarely correct in such a thing, but why be concerned about accuracy, unless it’s with Tim Lincecum’s fastball.
Albert Pujols, the new Angel, is on the front of SI’s baseball issue, perhaps destined to fall victim to the magazine’s historic cover jinx, although with his salary, he could probably buy his way out. Read More
You’ve heard it before. No good deed goes unpunished. What the man who owns the Warriors heard was a backlash of boos, which while reprehensible, also was understandable.Joe Lacob has the keys to a kingdom he is trying to upgrade. The team is a work in progress. Patience is needed, we’ve been told.Patience is a rare quality among sports fans, especially when their hero was been traded, especially when the home team looks awful in the first half, as did the Warriors on Monday night against Minnesota. Read More
The trophy was there, bright and gleaming. The trophy sitting on the tee of the ridiculously lengthened eighth hole at Olympic Club. The trophy and U.S. Open, thoughts about what is coming and what has gone. Read More
So, isn’t that a heck of a deal for the Warriors, trading one of the NBA’s best scorers, Monta Ellis, to Milwaukee for a tall Australian with a broken ankle? But hey, it proves the front office is willing to make moves, and didn’t Dante say something like, in times of moral crisis, the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who stand around using a zone defense? Read More
PHOENIX -- The dynasty started 40 years ago in 1972. The A’s won a World Series. Then another. Then another, an achievement since unmatched.
This is going to be a season of celebration, of memories, and two of the greats from the era, Rollie Fingers and Bert Campaneris, stopped by spring training before a recent exhibition game, living reminders of the way it was.Such a glorious past for the A’s. Such a problematical future.
Spring is supposed to be a time of rebirth, the time in baseball when there is only optimism. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- Angel Pagan had another hit Sunday. Melky Cabrera had two more. They got things started, and seemingly everybody else, Pablo Sandoval, Aubrey Huff, Brett Pill, wouldn’t let it stop. Only an exhibition game, but for the Giants, a telling one.And because of the attack of the killer bees — not Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, but genuine bees who make honey — a game which threatened to last until sundown, but in fact took a mere 2 hours, 53 minutes (plus 41-minute bee delay), was a weird one. Read More
They’re just a baseball team this year, the Giants, not the champions, not the club with the attention, baggage and impossibility of doing what nobody had done for more than a decade — repeat.
“I don’t think any of us knew what was coming,” Tim Lincecum said. He meant about the season of 2011, disappointing mainly because understandably it couldn’t match the season of 2010, the championship season.
Media requests and TV replays of that fateful collision at home plate on an evening in May at AT&T Park combined to steal the magic, if not the memories. Read More
PHOENIX-- Green-collar baseball? When Manny Ramirez is in camp for the A’s, it’s green do-rag baseball. It’s “Guess who’s in the cage?” baseball. It’s “Can he still do it?” baseball.
It hasn’t been like this for a while at Papago Park, the A’s training complex, a ball player who has to be watched, if even to find out whether he still deserves to be watched.
He won’t be eligible to play until May 30, the day on which Manuel Aristides Ramirez turns 40. Read More
The A’s? “Team Irrelevant”? Grabbing supposedly the best Cuban baseball playing defector available, Yoenis Cespedes, for $36 million? Then signing Manny Ramirez? The A’s?
Welcome to the New World of Moneyball. No longer when a journalist asks GM Billy Beane whether we’ll recognize any members of the A’s will he be able to respond, if tongue in cheek, “Do you ever?”
What now with all those covered seats in the third deck at the Coliseum, “Tarp-Land”? Borrow the name “Mannywood”? Not original — thanks, Dodgers fans — but quite acceptable. Read More
‘This is unbelievable. I’ve never been part of something like this,” Jeremy Lin said. But not about becoming the toast of New York, about signing with the Warriors.
Hey, the young man had to start some place.
He was a curiosity, a hometown kid, an Asian-American, a Palo Alto High grad, a Harvard grad and he was off the bench now and then, when he wasn’t off the team, shuttled off to the D-League, as in Developmental. Read More
This is the way you conquer Pebble Beach: You go out in the final round on the opening holes, the ones historically the easiest, and make birdies and maybe an eagle. Which is exactly what Phil Mickelson did Sunday.Phil the Mick, Lefty, the guy who a few months from his 42nd birthday seemed on the downside of his career, overtook Pebble, playing partner Tiger Woods, Charlie Wi and everything and everyone else. It was a bravura performance. It was a championship performance. Read More