Posts Tagged ‘Oakland A’s’

Around the League: Jason Heyward’s Nickname

Before we go any further, it seems only fair to tell you that I can see the fear in your eyes. That look of sheer horror, pupils dilated to the size of gumballs, with precipitating tears of terror sprinkling out of your eye-lids. But I command you: Do not be afraid. This may be the Summer of Heyward, but I won’t be that guy who crams it down your throat every other column.

However, every time the planets align, prophesy calls for a Jason Heyward feature. It’s what the universe wants. Read more…

Around the League (Opening Day)

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

No amount of hyperbole can quite measure up to Jason Heyward’s superhero like introduction to MLB yesterday. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a debut quite as spectacular. Not to say there hasn’t been one, just that I haven’t seen it. Read more…

Digging Up the AL West

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

When I was younger, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. Just completely enamored with them. Their magnificent sizes (really small to really tall), creepy scales, weaponry tails and tongue-twisting names captivated me. It seemed like I knew everything there was to know about roughly 90 percent of all pre-historic creatures, land and sea. In reality, the percentage was probably a lot closer to three percent.

What fascinated me the most though, was the process of digging up bones. I wanted nothing more than to be a paleontologist or an archeologist. That’s right. I wanted to be a Ross Geller. Over the years that aspiration began to fade, as I figured out how much schooling the job would require and how little I would likely actually dig-up.

Still the dream of discovery and exploration emerges from time to time. So let’s take that theme and run with it, taking an exploratory journey beneath the surface of the AL West.

The objective? Discovering our 2010 AL WEST winner. Read more…

The Honesty Zone

January 24, 2010 1 comment

As I sit here sipping my extra hot latte, with cinnamon sprinkled foam, occasionally dipping something called a truffle pop (cookie dough dipped in dark chocolate, on a stick) into my beverage; I can’t help but ponder why our society inevitably eschews from the truth so often. Especially in the world of sports.

Think about it. Off the top of my head, many of the biggest current stories have a layer of doubt or deceit overshadowing them. McGwire’s steroids admission? The Tiger and Elin bash? Lane Kiffin’s antics in Knoxville? Donald Sterling blowing up that alien space station because one of the aliens didn’t pay rent on time, therefore meaning all aliens are dirty, un-trustable scum-bags and shouldn’t be permitted to lease apartments?

(Ok, I made that last part up, but I think I’d believe almost anything hate-related, when it comes to the owner of the Clippers.)

Each of those topics have left us with a layer of doubt, which is why I’m introducing the Honesty Zone. Where lies don’t exist. Only the truth survives. Read more…

Deal or No Deal: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee

December 16, 2009 2 comments

The Philadelphia Phillies finally got their man, but at what cost? Read more…

Eric Chavez – The Man Who Played Too Little

June 15, 2009 3 comments

Eric Chavez

This topic probably deserves about 800-1,000 more words than I’m going to give it tonight, if only because I’m an Oakland A’s fan. But I’m going to do what the A’s haven’t been able to do with Eric Chavez these past couple of years; I’m going to cut the cord, quick and painless.

Well, as painlessly as I can. Read more…

Ten Non-Budget Related Reasons Why the A’s are Done

May 16, 2009 2 comments

Athletics Tigers Baseball

For those of you who don’t know, I am first and foremost an Oakland A’s fan, though just between us friends, let’s use that term loosely. I am a secondary Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Odds are the proclamation of my affinity for the green and gold comes as a surprise, but the same for the boys in blue does not. Read more…

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2009 MLB Preview: AL West

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment


This is Part II of our 2009 MLB preview. I broke down the NL West in Part I, and now move onto the AL West. How can this be hard? The Mariners, Rangers and A’s all stink, and the Angels will cruise to yet another division title right?

Not this year.

Keep reading, you may discover a few shocking revelations. Read more…