Hank vs. Henry: Howard Bryant’s The Last Hero

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Marking the 40th anniversary of Henry Aaron’s home run record, Aaron Devine reviews Howard Bryant’s biography of the slugger, a more complicated man than nostalgia will allow him.

I Was a Make-a-Wish Kid and My Wish Was as Great as Batkid’s

Me, running out to the mound.

Eric Leslie writes an open letter to his 6 year-old self about dreaming big, heart disease, and throwing the first pitch at a Pirates game.

Hulk Angry, Fish No Bite

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Will crowds turn out for steroid-free ice fishing?

Today’s Athlete and the 24-7 Sports Media Cycle

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Yesterday’s athletes were heroes, today’s villains. Max White says it’s us, and the 24-7 news cycle we consume, and not the athletes who have changed.

I Hate to Rain on the Pirates’ Parade, But. . .

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As a long-suffering fan himself, Scott Behson empathizes with fans who root for the Pirates. Still, he feels the need to tell them the truth.

Mr. McGwire Goes to Washington

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Andrew Scott writes about how the slugger disappointed one baseball fan—but not by taking steroids

Be Less Loyal

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Putting aside issues of team and party affiliation, Jim Jividen believes intellectual consistency is the highest possible value.

Would You Use Performance-Enhancing Drugs?

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Is it ethically defensible to “treat” a healthy individual so that he can excel in a given career? Is it ethically defensible to deny him that treatment?

Why Barry Bonds’s Conviction Should Be Overturned

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Disgraced home run king Barry Bonds is appealing his obstruction of justice conviction this week. Jim Jividen explains why it should be overturned.

We’re Getting Catfished

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Still laughing about how poor Manti Te’o got duped? Jim Jividen addresses the ways we’re all being catfished.

My Final Thought About the Baseball Hall of Fame

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If hat size and back acne are sufficiently probative to keep the greatest players who ever lived out of the Hall of Fame, why are we stopping there?

Just Say No. To Barry Bonds That Is.

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Neil Cohen argues that, while the baseball writers debate Hall of Fame selection, they miss the fact that it’s all about the numbers.

The History of the San Francisco Giants in the World Series

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With his beloved Giants up 1-0 on the Detroit Tigers, Jim Jividen takes time to reflect on San Francisco’s track record in the World Series.

An Unabridged History of the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS

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As San Francisco Giants prepare for their second National League Championship Series in three years, Giants superfan Jim Jividen offers a deeply personal account of postseasons past.

Our Football Picks, Week 5: The Great Pumpkin

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Jim Jividen thought he had it figured out. Then his beloved San Francisco Giants went and won the World Series, and he went and got married. All this, plus weekly football picks!

Lance Armstrong and the Way of Fallen Idols

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As Lance Armstrong still confesses innocence, despite the confounding evidence to the contrary, I want to believe him.