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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 PDT

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.

The small wrench-wielding metal sculpture that is welded to the bridge is reportedly going to live on. Cal Trans told ABC 7 News that the troll will have a home on the new bridge.

The Bay Bridge Troll is the creation of East Bay metalworker, Michael Bondi, who tells the story of the iron sculpture on the Save the Bay Bridge Troll Facebook page. He created the troll with a little help from his friends to help protect the Bay Bridge after a section collapsed in the 1989 earthquake.

The Bay Bridge is scheduled to open early Tuesday morning, but even a shiny new and improved span can’t bridge the distance between Oakland and San Francisco’s football teams.

The 49ers finished the preseason by clobbering the Chargers 41-6. They have tough, but good, decisions to make as they trim their roster down to 53 men. The Raiders lost to the Seahawks 22-6, and still appear to have much larger decisions to make.

The same gap can be found between the Bay Area’s baseball teams. While the Giants will use the remainder of the season to evaluate their future, A’s fans were actually livid after winning 3 of 4 from the Tigers — in Detroit. Granted, the A’s could have swept the four-game series if it wasn’t for a blown save, but it’s important to keep things in perspective.

After the tough walk-off defeat Thursday morning, A’s right fielder Josh Reddick decided to have a little fun to cheer the fans up. He left autographed baseball cards all over Walnut Creek and tweeted clues as to where they could be found. The scavenger hunt had people running all over the city.

It was an awesome gesture from one of the most engaging and entertaining athletes in Bay Area sports. He is currently on the disabled list with a reoccurring wrist injury.

Time to scavenge for some links.

Field of Links:

— Call it the “Kap Slap.”

This foul ball moment at a Red Sox game needs to live forever. It should be in an art gallery somewhere right next to dogs playing poker. That one is in The Louvre right? Seriously, click the link and take it all in.


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Lavelle Hawkins really wants a job. Easily the best catch of the preseason


LPGA golfer stepping away from the game to spend time with A’s first baseman

— Bad communication theatre: RG3 tweets that he’s ready to play. Redskins choose not to confirm

The New York Post thinks North and South Carolina are in-state rivals (Hint: They’re not)

The Raiders have chosen a new starting quarterback

Miguel Cabrera insists he’ll play Friday after running like a zombie on Thursday against the A’s

— Easily one of the greatest things that’s happened in a long time. Lil Bub meets Grumpy Cat.

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