1. Professional Baseball's 50 Ugliest Episodes, Part Two (Nos. 35-21)

    Fights, mayhem, violence, and chaos—these are things more typically associated with hockey rather than the "gentlemanly" game of baseball...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about almost 5 years ago 787 reads 11 comments

  2. Professional Baseball's 50 Ugliest Episodes, Part One (Nos. 50-36)

    American baseball has enjoyed a long, rich, and storied history, ever since Alexander Cartwright codified the rules of the game of "Base Ball" back in 1845...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about almost 5 years ago 6,039 reads 13 comments

  3. Lincecum and Cain, and Prepare For Some Pain

    Almost all baseball fans are familiar with Gerald Hern's verse (or at least a paraphrase of it), honoring the best pitching the Boston Braves had to offer in 1948— Spahn and Sain,and pray for rain...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about almost 5 years ago 265 reads 11 comments

  4. The Lights Went Out in San Francisco: A Power Outage, and the "Other" Tim

    "I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air." —Margaret Thatcher Well said, Mrs. Prime Minister, well said...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about almost 6 years ago 364 reads 14 comments

  5. Sad Panda: A Statistical Look at Pablo Sandoval's Road Woes

    Attention, San Francisco Giants fans: The Kung Fu Panda seems to have a case of homesickness. No, I'm not referring to his homeland of Venezuela; rather, I think the portly, lovable third-sacker might be longing for the friendly confines of AT&T Park.

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 228 reads 13 comments

  6. All-Giants Team (1990-Present)

    I'm not entirely sure what prompted it, but recently my father and I started talking about the best Giants players since the disastrous and tragic Bay Area Series. From this, I started thinking of the best players the Giants have had at each position...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 189 reads 10 comments

  7. Baseball and Tragedy: The Game Defined By Anticlimax and Failure

    Question: What do Hooks Wiltse, Tommy Bridges, Billy Pierce, Milt Pappas, Milt Wilcox, Ron Robinson, Dave Stieb, Brian Holman, and Mike Mussina all have in common (other than the fact that they ...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 236 reads 3 comments

  8. No Joy In Mudville: Baseball's Self-Induced Destruction Of Romanticism

    MUDVILLE (NP) - There is no joy to be found here today, as the Mudville Nine fell 4-2 to the Anta Gonists in heart-wrenching fashion yesterday afternoon...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 190 reads 4 comments

  9. Don't Blame the Fans: The Perversion of the Midsummer Classic

    Josh Hamilton, 2009 American League All-Star. Take a minute to soak that in, after you consider what he has been doing season so far—chiefly, being injured—and then try to tell me that "This time, it counts...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 49 reads 7 comments

  10. Pujols (Un)Precedent: Baseball's Dilution Of a Once-Meaningful Word

    If you've been paying even the most cursory attention to the goings-on in Major League Baseball this year, then you undoubtedly have heard talk of the offensive onslaught that St...

    Bret Bledsoe Written by Bret Bledsoe about 5 years ago 33 reads 1 comments