Al Saracevic

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

Niners hold off Lions: What we learned in Week 1

So they almost blew a massive lead. So they were playing a…

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt played a big role in the Giants taking two of three from the Dodgers this weekend at Oracle Park. Can he keep it up for the stretch run?  (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Giants beat LA to take huge series: But can they beat SD?

Pitching woes and upcoming schedule loom large during playoff push

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt played a big role in the Giants taking two of three from the Dodgers this weekend at Oracle Park. Can he keep it up for the stretch run?  (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The 49ers looked solid in their last preseason game against the Raiders, prior to the start of the 2021 season. Just the same, the team faces a number of issues going forward. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)

49ers: Five things to watch going into the season

Team looks good, but can they stay healthy?

The 49ers looked solid in their last preseason game against the Raiders, prior to the start of the 2021 season. Just the same, the team faces a number of issues going forward. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)
Server Dragos Pintlie dropped off a bay Shrimp Louie salad for Howard Golden at John’s Grill when indoor dining resumed in March. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Why SF restaurants need more federal relief funds

‘They should right the wrongs and tap up the funds’

Server Dragos Pintlie dropped off a bay Shrimp Louie salad for Howard Golden at John’s Grill when indoor dining resumed in March. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Thursday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Thursday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The tired narrative that people are fleeing San Francisco surfaced again this week. Shouldn’t we focus on those who stayed?<ins></ins>

Let’s stop focusing on ‘the exodus,’ and start focusing on our backyard

Californians are pissed off. Here’s some common sense.

The tired narrative that people are fleeing San Francisco surfaced again this week. Shouldn’t we focus on those who stayed?<ins></ins>
Everyone was thrilled that the crowd was at full capacity at Oracle Park in the first game of the Bay Bridge series on June 25. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Bridge baseball gestalt: A region gathers for group therapy

Giants, A’s put on a show as crowds return to Oracle Park

Everyone was thrilled that the crowd was at full capacity at Oracle Park in the first game of the Bay Bridge series on June 25. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Scenes from an SFO-bound BART train on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the day California fully reopened for business after the COVID pandemic. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)

SF reopens: BART riders dreading the end of the pandemic

‘I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be packed like sardines’

Scenes from an SFO-bound BART train on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the day California fully reopened for business after the COVID pandemic. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)
Gov. Gavin Newsom, show here speaking at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April, faces a recall election due to anger on the right over his handling of the pandemic, among other issues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Why Gavin Newsom’s popularity could work against him in the recall election

Top pollster: ‘We’re not seeing the Democrats engaged in this election. And that may be a problem…’

Gov. Gavin Newsom, show here speaking at the City College of San Francisco mass vaccination site in April, faces a recall election due to anger on the right over his handling of the pandemic, among other issues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Giants celebrate team legend Willie Mays' 90th birthday before taking on the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on May 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

Willie Mays returns to the ballpark for a special birthday bash

Giants celebrate No. 24’s 90th in an intimate party for a few thousand friends

The San Francisco Giants celebrate team legend Willie Mays' 90th birthday before taking on the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on May 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays attends an event to honor the San Francisco Giants' 2014 World Series victory on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Willie Mays turns 90: San Francisco celebrates the greatest Giant

By Al Saracevic Examiner staff writer I couldn’t believe it. Willie Mays…

Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays attends an event to honor the San Francisco Giants' 2014 World Series victory on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)