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  1. Josh Reddick and Daniel Bryan face off during beard-off

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:20 PM PST

    Lately it feels like every Major League Baseball player is rocking a WWE Championship belt. There is one man, however, that started the trend. Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has been showing off his high-quality replica strap since the 2012 season. Known to be a huge wrestling fan, Reddick always uses WWE entrance music as…

  2. VIDEO: SF Batkid saves Giants’ mascot Lou Seal from Penguin

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:38 PM PST

    Five-year-old Mile has been fighting Leukemia since the age of 1. As a result, taking down the Penguin and saving San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal wasn’t much of a challenge. See Batkid save the day as the lil’ Dark Knight became a shining beacon of light.

  3. The sports world closely followed Batkid’s rescue of Lou Seal

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:16 PM PST

    Batkid piqued the interest of the nation while saving damsels in distress and thwarting bank robberies. But when the Penguin kidnapped San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal, the sports world clearly took exception. The news of Batkid’s heroic exploits in Gotham City traveled far and wide. It even made it into the San Francisco 49ers’ locker…

  4. The MLB Free Agency hype machine is out of control

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:53 PM PST

    Agents must be walking around the lobby at Major League Baseball’s general managers and owners meetings barking out sales pitches like ballpark peanut vendors. “SHIN-SOO CHOO, GET YOUR CHOO HEEERE.” There’s an enormous amount of free agent hype coming out of Orlando, Florida. As teams try to fill their needs and agents attempt to set…

  5. Brian Wilson would choose his beard over Yankee pinstripes

    Nov 13, 2013, 1:30 PM PST

    You can immediately cross free agent reliever Brian Wilson off the New York Yankees’ offseason shopping list. The Yankees have a strict policy against facial hair and Wilson, well, he’s so grizzly at this point that even his trusty Sasquatch friend is jealous. Check out this tweet from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily…

  6. Field of Links: Melvin could be first to win back-to-back AL Manager of the Year awards

    Nov 12, 2013, 9:26 AM PST

    The Major League Baseball Manager of the Year award recipients will be named this evening. Oakland Athletics skipper Bob Melvin, while very deserving, could have a tough time taking home the hardware for a second year in a row.  Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox is the only manager to win the award in consecutive…

  7. The 6 best Bay Area offerings for MLB and MTV’s new partnership

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:12 PM PST

    Are we suddenly on the verge of Yo! MLB Raps? On Monday, Major League Baseball and MTV announced what they are calling a multi-year cross-platform partnership. The result of the partnership will be the launch of a 30-episode series on MTV2 that will feature David Ortiz and Andrew McCutchen as executive producers. Oh say can…

  8. NorCal sports Twitter power rankings

    Nov 5, 2013, 5:15 PM PST

    Success is measured in wins and losses in the sports world. Off the field, it’s easy to gauge popularity by following the trails of the followers themselves. Here’s how the Bay Area franchises and star athletes stack up through Twitter.

  9. A’s and Giants Hot Stove season cheat sheet

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM PST

    Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove season is officially upon us. Teams can start talking with free agent players on Tuesday. Before they start flying off the board, here’s a quick cheat sheet to refer to for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. All of the up-to-the-second A’s and Giants coverage will be online 24/7…

  10. Case of the Mondays: A(‘s)T&T Park?, Raiders’ worst day ever, The best of the weekend

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:42 AM PST

    Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here. No. 1 – San Francisco A’s?: Jon Heyman’s dream could be…

  11. Kanye West sheds more light on AT&T Park proposal

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:29 PM PST

    Even though it’s a moment San Francisco Giants fans would like to soon forget, the decadent “Kimye” proposal still has an infectious way of slipping into conversation. Recently, Kanye West stopped by a Los Angeles radio station called Power 106 and shed some more light on the AT&T Park proposal. Vanity Fair blogger Julie Miller…

  12. Case of the Mondays: Flipping birds, Kaepernicking, and walkoff weirdness

    Oct 28, 2013, 9:40 AM PST

    Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here. No. 1 – Tarver flips the bird: War Pigeon used to…

  13. TBT: Sandoval slugs three homers in World Series Game 1

    Oct 24, 2013, 2:12 PM PST

    The Detroit Tigers were heavy favorites to beat the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series. That quickly changed when Pablo Sandoval launched three home runs in the first game. On this day in 2012, Justin Verlander and Barry Zito took the mound in San Francisco for Game 1 of the World Series. It…

  14. Jerry Blevins’ car destroyed while being shipped home

    Oct 22, 2013, 2:38 PM PST

    It looks like Oakland Athletics reliever Jerry Blevins can now add car shopping to his offseason to-do list. On Monday, Blevins’ Cadillac was destroyed when the truck that was transporting the vehicle was clipped by a commuter train. Two passengers on the train suffered minor injuries. The accident happened in Bartlett, Illinois and was documented…

  15. Field of Links: Find out how much a ‘Kimye’ style proposal at AT&T Park costs

    Oct 22, 2013, 9:32 AM PST

    While the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox were getting ready to compete for World Series rings, a much more valuable piece of precious metal and diamonds was received at AT&T Park. Since the home of the San Francisco Giants was lying dormant, rapper Kanye West leased out the place to stage a lavish…

  16. Canseco lobbies for Leyland’s old job on Twitter

    Oct 21, 2013, 3:43 PM PST

    On Monday, Jim Leyland announced that he stepping down as Detroit Tigers manager. Seeing a job opening, Jose Canseco threw his name in the hat by sending multiple tweets to the Tigers. Lets take a trip through the mind of Jose Canseco as he lobbies for a new job. Hello Detroit @tigers it is Cansecotime! #motorcityseco…

  17. TBT: The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

    Oct 17, 2013, 2:48 PM PST

    Twenty four years ago today, the Bay Area shook violently for 15 seconds as the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants were about to play Game 3 of the World Series. It was a moment that will forever be imprinted into the memories of everybody that experienced it. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:04 p.m.…

  18. Anquan Boldin believes Thursday games lead to player safety issues

    Oct 15, 2013, 5:00 PM PST

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin doesn’t think the NFL takes player safety seriously. He is citing Thursday Night Football as his prime example. Having seen a lot in his 11-year NFL career, Boldin didn’t hesitate to speak his mind when asked about player safety during a Google+ Hangout hosted by Bay Area News Group.…

  19. Oakland Athletics offseason roster cheat sheet

    Oct 11, 2013, 2:06 PM PST

    The Oakland Athletics season ended on Thursday night after losing Game 5 of the American League Division Series to the Detroit Tigers. After winning 96 games and the American League West for second consecutive season, the bulk of the A’s roster will be back for 2014. A’s general manager Billy Beane is know for wheeling…

  20. Field of Links: A’s get Verlander’d, Smith ‘pumped’ to play the Raiders, Hertl starts a trend

    Oct 11, 2013, 10:02 AM PST

    After ending another Oakland Athletics season, Justin Verlander explained his shutout effort by simply saying, “I’m pitching the way I am supposed to.” He also admitted that he saw the posters of his ex-girlfriend, Kate Upton, in the crowd. How good is it to be Verlander? The worst thing people can do to him is…

  21. A’s-Tigers ALDS Game 5 recapped through GIFs and your tweets

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:46 PM PST

    The Oakland Athletics are left searching for answers after another abrupt departure from the postseason at the hands of Detroit Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander. Verlander dominated the A’s over eight innings of shutout baseball to send his team to the American League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory. The A’s have been eliminated by the…

  22. TBT: October 10 has been a good day in A’s history

    Oct 10, 2013, 4:34 PM PST

    The Oakland Athletics have found good fortune on this day in history. As they get set to take on the Detroit Tigers in a win-or-go-home Game 5, here’s a brief history lesson. Oct. 10, 1990: The A’s swept the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Dave Stewart started the game and only…

  23. Field of Links: A’s are risking it all by investing in their future

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:20 AM PST

    The Oakland Athletics are investing in their future by choosing Sonny Gray for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers. Could that decision cost them a chance at making history? Bartolo Colon was an 18-game winner this season. His 2.65 ERA was second-lowest in the American League this year. At…

  24. A’s-Tigers insane ALDS Game 4 recapped through GIFs and your tweets

    Oct 8, 2013, 5:52 PM PST

    The Oakland Athletics had the Detroit Tigers’ backs against the wall. Needing a win to force a Game 5 in Oakland, the Tigers looked like they were on the verge of elimination before scratching and clawing their way back into the game. Early in the game, the A’s looked unstoppable, the Tigers looked tame, and…

  25. Heat maps provide an interesting look at A’s/Giants and 49ers/Raiders territories

    Oct 8, 2013, 1:11 PM PST

    The Bay Area features a few very divided fan bases. The A’s/Giants and 49ers/Raiders share parts of the Bay Area, but these heat maps based on Facebook likes paint an interesting picture about their actual territory. The maps were created by monitoring the cumulative number of people who like the respective pages of the Oakland…

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