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2013 August

  1. Rays pitcher underestimates the power of BART

    Aug 30, 2013, 5:22 PM PST

    Even Cy Young Award-winners have to commute like us. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price learned the hard way what happens when the Bay Bridge isn’t open. Price decided he didn’t want to take BART to the Oakland Coliseum for Friday’s start against Jarrod Parker, and he documented his misadventures on Twitter. Rather than…

  2. Why a Steelers 2-time Super Bowl champ was in Oakland fighting diabetes

    Aug 30, 2013, 2:34 PM PST

    Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Kendall Simmons sat on the trainer’s table fighting back tears. The massive 6-foot-3, 315-pound athlete was shaking. He was 23, and had just learned that he had type 1 diabetes — a disease typically diagnosed as a child. Fortunately, he had an important ally. Sitting next to him was Steelers owner…

  3. Kap and the 49ers’ ‘Smack-Cam’

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:46 PM PST

    There’s smack talk and then there’s this. The San Francisco 49ers were having fun after a 41-6 smackdown of the San Diego Chargers and proceeded to smack each other. The “Smack-Cam” was posted on Colin Kaepernick’s Instagram page and referenced in Field of Links this morning, but we decided it deserved its own post. Just days…

  4. Field of Links: The Bay Bridge Troll is safe, but distance between Oak and SF feels farther than ever

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:12 AM PST

    Sometimes sports have to take a back seat to more important news items of the day. And what’s more important than the safety of the Bay Bridge Troll? With the Eastern span of the bridge closed and set for demolition, there was a lot of concern over what would happen to the bridge’s official guardian.…

  5. LPGA pro stepping away from golf to spend time with A’s first baseman

    Aug 29, 2013, 1:47 PM PST

    Professional golfer Amanda Blumenherst is listening to her heart. And right now, her heart isn’t in golf. According to a report from our sister network the Golf Channel, Blumenherst is stepping away from the game to spend more time with her husband, A’s first baseman Nate Freiman. “I was just going through the motions in…

  6. TBT: Say Hey! Did you know Willie Mays smashed 17 homers in a single month?

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:29 PM PST

    On this day in 1965, Willie Mays hit his 17th home run of the month. At the time, it was a National League record for the month of August. Sammy Sosa eventually hit 17 homers in August of 2001, to equal Mays’ mark. Mays’ August achievement remains one of the hottest stretches in San Francisco…

  7. Field of Links: Move over MLB, football season is here

    Aug 29, 2013, 10:01 AM PST

    Soon, America’s pastime will be pushed aside and forced to hail to the new king. Football is here. The pigskin push couldn’t come sooner for fans of the San Francisco Giants. The Oakland Athletics will be clinging to the remaining attention from Bay Area baseball fans as they make their pennant push on a pitted outfield and an infield with the faded marks of the gridiron.

  8. Vernon Davis has a creepy new friend

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:49 PM PST

    At first glance, you might think Jon Gruden was visiting 49ers headquarters. That’s clearly not the case. In fact, that would be far less strange than what is really happening. Vernon Davis has a new friend, a Chucky doll from the movie “Child’s Play.” The doll from the horror film franchise that was released in…

  9. Raiders cornerback Taiwan Jones wins $200 bet by jumping over a car

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:13 PM PST

    Oakland Raiders cornerback Taiwan Jones won $200 by jumping over a car. It might not be his most impressive leap, though. See Jones’ other freakish display of athleticism and find out where it ranks among some other notable athlete car jumps.

  10. The most heated competition in the 49ers’ locker room

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:36 AM PST

    The San Francisco 49ers may have a roster full of All-Pro National Football League talent, but they are still chasing their hoop dreams. In most locker rooms in professional sports you’ll see guys spending their downtime playing card games, iPad video games, or doing crossword puzzles. But in the 49ers’ locker room, those things have…

  11. Field of Links: A’s finally solve Verlander, Pence hammers home his point, Reid learns he’s starting from CSN

    Aug 28, 2013, 9:15 AM PST

    “Obviously, I wasn’t very good,” Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said, after allowing five runs over five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. Oh, to have heard those words from him after Game Five of the ALDS. After the Tigers’ ace tortured and humbled the A’s to the tune of…

  12. Crick and Russell lead cast of Giants and A’s competing in the Arizona Fall League

    Aug 27, 2013, 11:53 AM PST

    The top prospects of the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants will be playing in the Arizona Fall League. Stockton Ports shortstop Addison Russell and San Jose Giants pitcher Kyle Crick highlight the class of Bay Area prospects that will be putting in some extra work this offseason. Russell was recently named the California League’s…

  13. Find out which 49ers player will star in Underwood’s new SNF open

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:18 AM PST

    Carrie Underwood’s name will once again be associated with football and thankfully it has nothing to do with dating Tony Romo. Underwood is replacing Faith Hill as the singer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football song. Nothing against Hill, but Underwood is an upgrade for obvious reasons. The open will feature the same song, “Waiting All Day…

  14. Field of Links: Pence is too precious for the Giants to let get away

    Aug 27, 2013, 9:27 AM PST

    Somebody forgot to tell Hunter Pence the San Francisco Giants’ season is over. Pence is a free agent at the conclusion of the season and he’s showing that he needs to be kept in San Francisco. Pence was placed on revocable waivers, but it doesn’t mean he is going anywhere. The Giants’ right fielder said…

  15. Russell Wilson is “Kaepernicking” in Colin Kaepernick’s presence

    Aug 26, 2013, 12:18 PM PST

    Colin Kaepernick is becoming a more popular pitch man than Peyton Manning. The 49ers starting quarterback is featured in yet another commercial. This time it’s an EA Sports advertisement for Madden 25. He stars alongside Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The spot featuring the two breakout quarterbacks paints them as bitter rivals dating back to…

  16. Oracle Arena gets upgrades as new arena plans reportedly lag

    Aug 26, 2013, 11:31 AM PST

    After one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history, the Golden State Warriors are sprucing up Oracle Arena. This news comes on the heels of a report that indicates the Warriors’ plans for a new arena in San Francisco are lagging and over budget. A recent report by the San Francisco Chronicle states that the…

  17. A case of the Mondays: Candlestick Craziness, Barton, recalled Pill-to-thrill

    Aug 26, 2013, 10:28 AM PST

    Here are the top-5 things you may have missed this weekend. Get caught up in one convenient place. Lavelle Hawkins headlines a day of craziness at Candlestick Park, the A’s fight fire with fire by calling up Daric Barton to fix their struggling offense, Brett Pill find a mentor in “The Thrill” and Peyton Manning runs “The Play.”

  18. Adam Jones explains Yoenis Cespedes’ WWE title moment, challenges Josh Reddick to wrestling match

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:33 PM PST

    Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones is a good sport as he tells the story behind the WWE Championship belt that Yoenis Cespedes was wearing after winning the home run derby. He also details his life-long love for wrestling and challenges Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick to a title-for-title wrestling match. The A’s and Orioles…

  19. Ask A’s top prospect Addison Russell anything

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:29 PM PST

    It’s hard to believe that Stockton Ports shortstop Addison Russell is only 19 years old when watching him on the baseball diamond. Russell, the A’s first round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, is composed and confident. He looks like he was born to play baseball. He has broad shoulders and a slender frame,…

  20. From tough times to TDs: How 49ers RB Anthony Dixon became a father figure for his brothers

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:55 PM PST

    Stories about athletes going from homeless to the pros are few and far between. However, in the Dixon household, it has become a common occurrence. San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon helped pave the way. When he was a kid growing up in Terry, Miss., he had to help raise his three brothers, because…

  21. Who is the top-ranked Raider in Madden 25?

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:44 AM PST

    The EA Sports Madden 25 player rankings are out. Every season these things are met with much debate from the players. After sorting through an insanely large spreadsheet that ranks every player from 1-100 based on presumed skill level, Field of Teams has compiled some of the key stats for the Oakland Raiders and a few other top…

  22. VIDEO: The Do(o)s and Don’ts of Twitter

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:56 AM PST

    Last Friday, Sean Doolittle and Jerry Blevins received a tour of Twitter headquarters (or Twoffice). The visit included tweets, eats, a Pop-A-Shot basketball duel, twitpics, and the banging of a very loud gong. After their visit, the Oakland Athletics relievers took the time to educate the masses on their dos and don’ts of the social media app.

  23. Field of Links: Why trade for Kurt Suzuki?

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:22 AM PST

    One of the most widely respected Oakland Athletics is back. The A’s have officially re-acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Dakota Bacus. The A’s also receive cash considerations in the trade. Suzuki was hitting .222 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 79 games…

  24. Find out where the 49ers stand in the EA Sports Madden 25 ratings

    Aug 22, 2013, 5:35 PM PST

    The EA Sports Madden 25 player rankings are out. Every season these things are met with much debate from the players. After sorting through an insanely large spreadsheet that ranks every player from 1-100 based on presumed skill level, Field of Teams has compiled some of the key stats for the San Francisco 49ers and a…

  25. 49ers enlist a super model and an NBA star for a duel Twitter takeover

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:43 PM PST

    What do you get when you cross an NFL franchise, an NBA star, and a super model? It looks like the answer to that question is a Twitter takeover. The San Francisco 49ers are teaming up with Warriors guard Andre Iguodala and model Marisa Miller this week. They will take over the 49ers’ Twitter account…

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