Madison Bumgarner warming up at Chukchansi Park in 2010. Photo by Jen Mac Ramos.
Willie Mays tries on his 2012 championship ring.
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
A pretty sight.
It was one day last summer when I logged onto McCovey Chronicles and learned about Alex’s death. I was sitting at a table in front of a cafe on campus, waiting for my internship meeting to start. Two months later, I sat at the same table and watched Felix Hernandez pitch a perfect game. One table, two extremes on the spectrum of emotion.
Alex was one of my favorite commenters on MCC. Though I never had a chance to meet him in person, his personality definitely shined through his consistently witty and hilarious comments. I especially enjoyed whenever he would jokingly troll in ALL CAPS. Alex was a great writer, a great Giants fan, and a great person through and through. News of his death hit all of us like a ton of bricks. It was sudden (he was only 27 years old) and especially heart-breaking knowing that his father, Kelly aka gallo del cielo, is also an MCC regular. I remember when I first found out that he and Alex were father and son — I thought it was the coolest thing ever that they were both enjoying and sharing their Giants fandom in the same community. My heart broke for both of them, for all of McCovey Chronicles, when I read Kelly’s post about Alex’s passing and the “In Memory of” post that Grant wrote that day.
The law office that Alex worked for decided to set up a scholarship fund in his honor to benefit college-bound high school seniors who are interested in Creative Writing. Fantastic Tumblr user imovermyhead sent me a message earlier today informing me of the auction to help raise money for Alex’s scholarship fund that Grant and the rest of the MCC community has helped organized. She asked if I could write about it here to help spread the word, and I hope I’m doing that adequately. Here’s just a taste of the many amazing things you can bid on to benefit this great cause (items donated by MCC members, the Giants, and other cool people/entities):
- Signed Giants baseballs!
- SIgned Giants bats!
- Bobbleheads! Pins! Socks!
- This rockin’ World Series poster!
- Gift certificates to cool SF eateries (District SF and Paragon)!
- A tour of CSN Bay Area’s studio!
- Lunch with Sassy Giants Broadcaster/Gangnam Style Extraordinaire David B. Flemming!
- A custom made GIF or avatar by Natto — if you’ve never seen his work, trust me, everything he creates takes it to the next level of Graphics on the Internet
You can find the full list of goodies and more information here. The auction starts Sunday, March 24 at 6:00 PM PST and ends Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00 PM PST. Please consider putting in a bid and/or spreading the word if you’re interested. Thank you so much!
(And Alex, wherever you are right now, know that everyone at MCC misses you lots.)
This is it. We’re less than 24 hours from the online baseball charity event of the winter. Starting at 11 am EST/8 am PST tomorrow morning, I’ll begin posting new content every half hour for 24 hours. Nothing has been pre-written or queued for publishing. After that, over 30 of your favorite and soon-to-be-favorite writers from around the web will take over, with brand new content to stuff your mind with.
And why are we all doing this? To raise money for Doctors Without Borders, an organization that provides crucially important and impartial humanitarian and medical aid to over 60 countries. As of the time of this writing, we’ve already raised over $200 and every single dollar counts. Click here to donate.
Even better, every donation, for as little as one dollar, enters you to win a variety of great prizes including a download of Out of the Park Baseball, the most addictive and realistic simulation out there, MLB.com gift cards, baseball cards, vinyl records, and more. Even better, Ebbets Field Flannels, makers of some of the finest baseball clothing and caps around, have donated a $30 gift card to further sweeten the pot.
The Ask box is now open, so feel free to send in some questions that I can answer throughout the day. And please, support Doctors Without Borders for all the work they do across the globe, the writers for their posts, and donate to win yourself some great prizes.
Help, share the word, and please, give what you can. I’ll see you tomorrow morning.
Reblogging to spread more awareness. Please, help out if you can!
Just a friendly reminder that the 2013 Old Time Family Baseball Charity Blogathon is set to take place on January 19th through January 20th. No doubt you remember last year’s endeavor, but in case the precious memories have somehow slipped through the cracks of your baseball-addled mind, the event revolves around fresh, live posts going up here every half hour for 24 hours, courtesy of Mike. Once Mike has been rushed to the hospital and his treatment for delirium has kicked off, a slew of guest posts on all things baseball from some of the best baseball bloggers around will follow.
This year, OTFB is once again supporting Doctors Without Borders, a great organization that provides impartial humanitarian and medical aid all across the globe. With your help, we raised over $2,000 last year, and in 2013, we’re hoping to get that number up to $3,000. In fact, the FirstGiving page is already up. So please take a moment to think about donating or Facebooking/Tweeting/Tumblring this out, if only to raise awareness of the incredible work that Doctors Without Borders does. We’ll also soon be announcing the prize pool into which you will automatically be entered after you donate.
Old Time Family Baseball and Mike are good people. Help out if you can!
Hey All - not much to report obviously but I think this pretty epic Hunter Pence impression of Ozzie Smith doing a flip GIF will make you miss baseball less:
Yup, that’s all I got. BTW, I love this man.
A thing that happened, folks.
Take a time machine to 10 years ago. Find your 10-years-ago self and tell them that the World Series that year was awful, you know it, but in 10 years, everything will be okay.
“NO. STUPID RALLY MONKEY,” your old self might say. “SCREW THE ANGELS.”
You’ll calm your old self down — or try to at least — and say, “In 10 years, the Giants will have won the World Series twice in three years.”
Your old self won’t believe it, continuing the curse everything about the Angels.
Say that to your 2007 self, too. And maybe even your 2010 self.
It still feels improbable.
The Giants won the World Series twice in three years? No way. Not possible. Come on.
That’s just crazytalk.
There’s just absolutely no way that’ll ever happen.
— Larry Baer, on Matt Cain spraying champagne on him. (via radioactivemisfit)