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Warriors in June

In baseball, basketball, football, sports on June 29, 2017 at 9:43 am

Two Junes ago, my wife and I were traveling through France, Venice, and Corsica (!), and I was tracking the NBA Finals in the middle of the nights via my Kindle. The Warriors won on June 16, which I discovered at about 6 a.m. while lying in bed in Ajaccio. It was the Warriors first championship in my lifetime. It was the first championship win by an Oakland team since the A’s in 1989. Curry, Igoudala, Klay, Draymond, Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Shaun Livingston, Festus Ezeli, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Mo Speights, Justin Holiday, and James Michael McAdoo, thank you. Don Nelson couldn’t do it with the Run TMC teams of the early 1990s or with the We Believe roster in 2007.

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1991 Giants: 100-hit club

In baseball, sports on May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

This 1991 Giants were an in-between team. Many of the players from the late 80s were gone or had tailed off, while some newcomers were just arriving. The 1990 team had been the first in franchise history (including New York) to have 50 or more batters head to the plate—only the 2005 team has also reached that mark. The 1991 team cut that down to 41, which is on the low end of the average since the late 80s. That didn’t improve the offense, which scored 70 fewer runs than the previous season, and the fewest since the 100-loss 1985 season (and previous to that, since the 1981 strike season)… unfortunately it would get worse in 1992. Roger Craig was in his next-to-last season. This would be his first losing season with the team (not counting an abbreviated introduction in 1985).

Back! With the 1991 Giants

In baseball, sports on May 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Hey, stranger!

I’ve posted once since May 2015. It was not my intent to take an almost two-year break… but during that time, I moved twice, bought a house, and had a kid. This has meant less time for baseball.