Saturday, August 23, 2014

San Francisco Giants playoff chances plus thoughts on the incredible Joe Panik

This year's San Francisco Giants season has been one of the strangest I can remember. They started off looking like the team to beat in the National League, and just as suddenly during June and July looked like the worst team in the NL. Somehow, some way, the Giants are currently only 3.5 games behind the rival Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead.

It sounds like the Giants are close, but they are no closer to LA than they were back on August 7th. The Giants have failed capitalize recently, most notably the lost weekend in Kansas City. Lately though the Giants are playing better baseball, unfortunately so are the Dodgers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Training Stuff + A Shameless Plug

I've gone missing on you again dear readers. Life has stepped in and snatched me from this chair for too long. Over the past month I have packed and been ready to move, only to find that the conditions are not livable. It's a shame. Wish it could have worked out better. But here I am again, and I'm no longer focused on moving.

Here's a shameless plug. Other than the non-move, my time has been taken up mostly by my shop on Etsy. I sell 1 inch buttons, refrigerator magnets, and zipper pulls. It's a mix of sports, schools, and family items. You see that ad in the top right corner? That's my shop. It's called "circlesandwords" and I'm really proud. It's been better than I expected and I am so thankful for that. I've been filling my shop with a ton of stuff lately, so please check it out. I know I'm hustling here, but it's my income at the moment and I love all the support I've gotten from many of you.

Check out the shop here: CIRCLESANDWORDS

Time to focus on the good stuff. I'm heading to Scottsdale, Arizona later this week for a few days of San Francisco Giants baseball. This will be a first for me. I've never been to a Giants Spring Training. The only times I've really visited camps is when we came down to Disney World as a kid. My dad took us all to Kissimmee for a day to watch the Royals train. My father used to tell people I met Yogi Berra. I have no recollection of that. So let's say it happened.

While in Scottsdale I will be meeting up with so many friends. Too many to list here actually. It's staggering the number of people that will be there during the same few days. I'll also be making a return to the Around the Foghorn podcast with Chris Corbett. There are going to be so many things to talk about.

You can bet that I'll be writing all about the trip. There's so much in store for my jam-packed weekend. I'll be arriving on Thursday March 6th in the afternoon if all goes smoothly with planes. I plan on tweeting a whole bunch about the trip as well. It's so great to have Giants baseball back in all of our lives. I can't wait to start the 2014 journey together.

Eric Nathanson

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Very Scientific Super Bowl Preview

Who wants another Super Bowl preview? Have you read enough about the game on Sunday in "New York"? The experts have made their picks and now it's my turn. I'm surely no expert. I write about baseball. What do I know about football? I'm a Bears fan and they have sucked a lot over the years. Like I said, I'm no expert, I'm just your average Joe Schmo fan.

What does all that mean? Well, since most years I don't have a team in the game, I like to pick a side and root. (It's not as easy as it is in baseball. I don't feel an allegiance to the NFC like i do the National League in MLB. I pretty much always root NL in the World Series.) Some years it's very easy. Any Super Bowl with the Packers or Cowboys and I'm on the other side. Other times the reasons are geographic or based on a player I may like. I rooted for the Steelers when I lived in Pennsylvania, and I'll always root for Tom Brady.

This year is different though. I've never hated either Seattle or Denver. I actually loved Denver for beating Green Bay back in the mid 90's. I bet the Broncos straight up that year with a buddy and he thought I was crazy. The only time Seattle has been in a Super Bowl I was rooting against them. My logic at the time was hating Mike Holmgren. That's out the window now. So how do I pick? Of course I want to root for the team I think is going to win the game as well. I'm not in this to feel shitty at the end. I want to cheer for a winner. So let's figure out which team gets my nod for this year's version of the Super Bowl.