We are the Champions

Well, the Giants have won the World Series for the third time in five years! Among the things I have loved about it: * I was able to attend all three games in San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco Chronicle’s coverage team. I loved hanging out with old colleagues, especially Al Saracevic, Chronicle sports […]

World Series 2014

With the World Series upon us, and panic taking hold among Giants Nation, it’s worth reflecting upon the mere miracle of the Giants playing in the 2014 Fall Classic. If it was anyone other than the Giants, I would find it hard to believe. Could a team that at times seemed so flawed, so patched […]

Giants Baseball Experience

It’s been a marvelous offseason, basking in the glow of yet another San Francisco Giants’ World Series title. Sure, we had the stress of Pablo Sandoval‘s departure, but then Sports Illustrated named Madison Bumgarner “Sportsman of the Year,” and we were transported right back to that special place in late October.

A beautiful 96 page book written by Dan Fost and featuring great photos from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Giants’ coverage.

I think the Giants have made a number of great moves. They dodged a bullet by not signing Pablo (he’ll be sorry!) or Jon Lester, saving tens of millions of dollars and mortgaging the future on very questionable stars. I like the additions of Casey McGehee and Nori Aoki, who fit the Giants’ mold of good guys, undervalued, and should play well to the ballpark — get on base, hit to the gap, knock in runs, score runs — rather than constantly searching for the next Barry Bonds. If Brandon Belt is healthy and continues to mature — neither is a tall order – then there’s a guy who can take Pablo’s slot between (or behind) Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, letting McGehee drop in the order.

I’m glad to see Jake Peavy and Sergio Romo, and maybe even Ryan Vogelsong, coming back. Despite Peavy’s playoff struggles, the Giants don’t even get to the postseason in 2014 without him. Plus: In Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy I trust.

These and other memories can be found in a couple of my own postseason efforts. The best is the Dynasty magazine the San Francisco Chronicle produced. I wrote practically all 96 pages, with great photos from the Chronicle’s prize-winning staff. It recaps the entire magical season, with special emphasis on the playoffs, World Series and parade. It’s for sale online, and I’ve seen it in Safeway, CVS and Walgreen’s.

I also appeared on Edward Brown‘s show, Sports Econ 101. I had a lot of fun talking Giants baseball with Edward, and the very knowledgeable Bay Area sports journalists Bruce Macgowan and Vernon Glenn. You can watch it here:

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