Week of October 5, 2015


It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

A Life in Baseball Through the Lens of a Father

This is a cool photo essay by Giants’ third baseman Matt Duffy’s dad. The photographs and anecdotes chronicle Matt’s baseball career, starting at age two, and ending with Matt’s breakout 2015 rookie season. He’s a proud papa, and while reading it, a liiiittle part of me hoped that one day I can begin a similar photo essay with this photo:


Hey, a dad can dream! -TOB

Source: A Father, A Son, and A Dream”, Tom Duffy, The Players Tribune (10/07/2015)

PAL: We all had that kid on our team whose parent hovered with the massive lens snapping 450 pictures at a meaningless Tuesday night game at a crappy, dirt-infield park. In the moment, you’d love for them to put the damn camera away; in retrospect, you’re glad they were there. Side note: there are few logos that bubble up the nostalgia as much as the ol’ Little League patch seen in some of these pics.

The Things You Learn at the Neighborhood Block Party ℅ roommate Jamie J. Morganstern

The ol’ roomie sent along this gem. I liked his email so much that we’re just dropping it right in here. – PAL

Yesterday at the Annual Ewing Terrace Block Party I learned a little more about the history of the neighborhood. Most of us know that the property used to be one of the city’s cemeteries before they moved a lot of graves to Colma.

A few years later, in 1914, they decided to build “Ewing Field/Park,” which was the new home of the San Francisco Seals baseball team, a professional team at the time. One of the old timers at the party told me this story and explained that Ewing was actually the name of the owner of the SF Seals.

“1914–Ewing Park becomes the new home of the San Francisco Seals, intended to be the finest minor league park to date, located one block south of Geary at Masonic.


“San Francisco Chronicle said, ‘The only possible drawback is the possibility of meeting bad weather conditions.’ Indeed, the new park was a fiasco. The club returned to Old Rec Park in 1915.”

The park was short lived. The foggy weather didn’t work well for baseball. Pop flies disappeared into the outfield.

Maybe others knew this already? Anyways, I thought I’d share the story and the photos. One of the photos shows that old building on Geary that is now a long-term storage facility.

Source:Baseball Teens – 20s”, foundsf.org

TOB: Wow. That is so cool. I already loved Phil’s neighborhood, but this pushes it over the edge. Life goal: Buy a house on Ewing. *checks Zillow estimates* Shoot.

That Time Agent Zero Almost Got Got

You may remember the batshit story of the Wizards locker room gun incident involving Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton from back in 2009. But the reports were kind of cryptic and I always wondered what really happened. Well, Caron Butler (who has lived a very interesting life) wrote an autobiography. This excerpt covers his first-hand account of what happened – how it started and how it went down. It’s even more insane than I imagined. (FWIW, Arenas today posted a rebuttal, with his version of the events. It is no less insane, but you can read it here). And this story is even more spooky when you remember that Crittenton is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter. Gilbert Arenas may, as he said, “play with guns” – but Javaris Crittenton does not play. -TOB

Source: I Play With Guns: Caron Butler’s Inside Account of the Gilbert Arenas Gun Incident”, Caron Butler, Washington Post (adapted from his autobiography “Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA”) 11/08/2013

PAL: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”:

Bill Belichick: Master Motivator

Bill Belichick could provide a very interesting test case for a psychologist. Belichick’s motto is “Do Your Job.” He instills that mantra in his players. Accordingly, Bill does not hand out individual praise lightly. After all, if you do what you’re supposed to do, you don’t deserve praise (insert Chris Rock reference here). So on the rare occasion that he does hand out individual praise, it means a lot to the recipient – so much so that the players can recall the very specifics – the game, the play, what Bill said. These are grown men, at the top of their professions, acting like well-trained dogs who get excited when their owner pats them on the head. Fascinating.

Source: The Patriots’ White Whale: Praise from Belichick”, Kevin Clark, The Wall Street Journal (10/06/2015)

Video of the Week:

PAL Song of the Week: Jim James & Calexico – “Goin’ to Acapulco” (Bob Dylan)

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