A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

This recent post in Grantland is a nice take on the news that Tim Lincecum may have thrown his last pitch for the San Francisco Giants due to his recent injuries.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-tim-lincecum-san-francisco-giants-career/

Lincecum 2012 NLDS

I would add that somehow the Giants should find a way to get him out onto the field at . . . → Read More: A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

My brother, who works in San Francisco, got an invitation to see the Giants play the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night from a luxury skybox. The accommodations were nice: no standing in line for bathrooms or concessions here. The play on the field, at least for Giants fans, was not. Pitcher Matt Cain didn’t have . . . → Read More: View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Buster Posey RBI

Last Thursday was Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park. Before the game a cover band serenaded the fans from the top of the visitor’s dugout, and Bill Walton, the world’s most famous Deadhead, showed up to announce a $23,000 donation to Grateful Dead Charities. Lots of good feelings to be had, . . . → Read More: Grateful Dead Night at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

I’ve seen this show (above) a few times – it was a Father’s Day special from 1965 (I think) broadcast from St. Louis. The comedy routines with Sammy were typical of their shows. I think they are mostly indicative of the time, when racial and ethnic stereotypes were still a fixture of public . . . → Read More: Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom

This post was a nice surprise. Not just that someone would have had the presence of mind to mention Freddy Exley, but that apparently Gifford and Exley came to know each other after A Fan’s Notes, and that Gifford even hosted a party for Exley when his last book came out.

http://news.yahoo.com/frank-gifford-death-fred-exley-a-fans-notes-220404916.html

One . . . → Read More: Frank Gifford, RIP, by Chuck Strom

A “Where Are They Now?” Moment at Raley Field, by Chuck Strom

Triple-A baseball produces a lot of “Where are they now?” moments. In a recent Sacramento River Cats game, I saw a player, Brooks Conrad, who played a brief but important part in the San Francisco Giants’ recent history. Currently a member of the Las Vegas 51s, he was with the Atlanta Braves when they . . . → Read More: A “Where Are They Now?” Moment at Raley Field, by Chuck Strom

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountains and Mud Pots In My Back Yard, by Chuck Strom

Lassen Peak

Not having planned an extended vacation this year, I’ve taken a few day trips to assuage the restlessness that hits me around July. Fortunately, I have a national park an hour’s drive from my house: Lassen Volcanic. The park consists of the usual wooded trails and streams, but also a 10,463 foot . . . → Read More: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mountains and Mud Pots In My Back Yard, by Chuck Strom

The Sacramento River Cats: 85 Miles From the Major Leagues, by Chuck Strom

Game Action

At the end of last season, the baseball Triple-A Sacramento River Cats changed their major league affiliate from the Oakland A’s to the San Francisco Giants. Naturally, this enhanced their appeal greatly for me, so I paid them a visit. Raley Field, a 10,000-seat ballpark, gets good online reviews, and I rated . . . → Read More: The Sacramento River Cats: 85 Miles From the Major Leagues, by Chuck Strom

Throw Day for Madison Bumgarner, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

One of the benefits of arriving early at the ballpark is that sometimes you get treated to a little extra entertainment for the price of your ticket. Yesterday was Madison Bumgarner’s between-starts throwing day. There weren’t many fans in the park yet, but most of those who were crowded near the Giants . . . → Read More: Throw Day for Madison Bumgarner, by Chuck Strom

An Uncharacteristic Day at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

James Shields

Lately, the San Francisco Giants have followed their usual script of good pitching and weak hitting, as illustrated by the last three starts by Madison Bumgarner, losses by scores of 2-0, 1-0, and 3-2. They are doing much better in the standings than they should, mostly because they have owned the NL . . . → Read More: An Uncharacteristic Day at AT&T Park, by Chuck Strom

Your 2015 NBA Champions: The Golden State Warriors, by Chuck Strom

On first glance, the above title requires a suspension of disbelief. Though the San Francisco Giants endured a longer journey in the wilderness than the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors were an even less likely prospect to arrive in the promised land. The Giants at least teased their fans occasionally with the possibility of . . . → Read More: Your 2015 NBA Champions: The Golden State Warriors, by Chuck Strom

Charles Pierce – FIFA and the Sports Crime of the Century, by Chuck Strom

I’ve referenced articles from Charles Pierce before. This one, with the quote below, is another reason to admire him as perhaps the most insightful and entertaining writer on sports today:

And what we also have learned is that FIFA’s corruption wasn’t in the least covert. It was lying out there, like a mackerel in . . . → Read More: Charles Pierce – FIFA and the Sports Crime of the Century, by Chuck Strom

It’s Finally Happened: The Golden State Warriors Are In the NBA Finals, by Chuck Strom

For those who do not follow basketball, the Golden State Warriors have made the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years. On this, I have two observations:

1. The members of the last Warriors team in the Finals are old enough to collect Social Security, if not Medicare.

2. If this were . . . → Read More: It’s Finally Happened: The Golden State Warriors Are In the NBA Finals, by Chuck Strom

62 Feet Later, Golden State Warriors Reach Conference Finals, By Chuck Strom

The Memphis Grizzlies made the series far too interesting, but last night the Golden State Warriors closed it out and reached the NBA Western Conference Finals for the first time since Rick Barry shot granny-style at the foul line. As to how the Warriors managed it, this video of Stephen Curry’s 62-ft basket last . . . → Read More: 62 Feet Later, Golden State Warriors Reach Conference Finals, By Chuck Strom

Stephen Curry – Your 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player, by Chuck Strom

After the Blazer-Warrior game I attended back in March, I spent some time in the hallway outside the Warrior locker room with Steph Curry and some of his friends, just being a fly on the wall and listening to their conversation. One of the comments I remember was one of Curry’s friends telling him, . . . → Read More: Stephen Curry – Your 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player, by Chuck Strom

Grantland Article – The Odd Year Hangover‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a pretty good Grantland piece on the Giants’ recent fall from grace. Jonah Keri zeroes in pretty accurately on their problems. He is , if anything, too optimistic on their season prospects. They play like a banged-up collection of spare parts, which in fact they were in 2014, and their championship seems all . . . → Read More: Grantland Article – The Odd Year Hangover‏, by Chuck Strom

A New Master’s Champion, by Chuck Strom

I’m one of the few who actually likes watching golf on television, at least when it’s a major. It offers a lot of interesting psychology and body language, especially when the ball misses a cup or finds its way into a hazard. I happened to see some of yesterday’s Master’s Tournament when the leaders . . . → Read More: A New Master’s Champion, by Chuck Strom

Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

Portland has many attractions to offer visitors who don’t happen to have Blazers tickets. I had parts of two days on my recent trip to take a small sample:

Ramona Statue

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

Anyone who has had kids in the last half century, or maybe is still just a big kid, might . . . → Read More: Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Steph Curry at pregame warmup

Recently, the Portland Trail Blazers graciously issued me a media pass for their game against the Golden State Warriors. It is the greatest benefit I have received for what is essentially a writing hobby, and if I never receive any other compensation, it will all have been worth it . . . → Read More: The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a good Bill Simmons piece on the SNL 40 special:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/ready-for-prime-time-the-giddy-brilliant-and-ok-somewhat-bloated-snl-40/

I actually managed to catch most of it last night, though I wasn’t even aware it was on until partway through. The one comment I would add is that Paul Simon’s appearance at the end was a little dispiriting. His voice sounded . . . → Read More: Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom