Over the years this blog has been a strong supporter of Bryan Stow, the life-long San Francisco Giants fan and paramedic who was beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Night 2011. The support initially took the form of a March 2012 blog post that introduced a fundraising idea I called “A Game for Bryan Stow,” whose goal was to assist with Bryan’s medical expenses. Shortly thereafter, that post was reproduced in other Giants-related blogs, putting me in touch with a number of Giants fans. In time, I published additional blog posts detailing other fundraising ideas. Read more →
Every once in a while a baseball card manufacturer hits a grand slam, issuing a card whose image matches the moment. Such is the case with the Topps Now card that is the subject of this post. Although he is mired in a post-All Star Game slump, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is still capable of clubbing monster home runs, and he hit one a few weeks ago in the Subway Series that pitted the Yankees against the New York Mets.
It’s interesting to learn from fans why they chose the team they root for. That’s where the conversation with our teammate Sierra started. “I was in San Diego in the fall of 2006 going to school, and I noticed that all the baseball fans were either pulling for the local team, the Padres, or the Giants, since a lot of San Franciscans were living there. No one seemed to be rooting for the A’s, who were in the playoffs. I was from Sacramento, where the A’s Triple A farm team, the Rivercats, played,” Sierra explained. “I saw them play a lot when I was a kid.” Since both the A’s and she were from Northern California, it made sense for Sierra to pull for the Oakland A’s. The pieces all came together, and that’s how Sierra became a committed Oakland Athletics fan. Read more →