Archive for January, 2010

Possible spin-off?

Posted: 31st January 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

One of the guys who oversees the network of sites my blog belongs to emailed me today, wanting to get my thoughts on creating a San Francisco Giants blog. He wrote, in part: I know its your favorite team and you would have no problem writing about them…  I also think you would get more […]

10 baseball players who didn’t do steroids

Posted: 30th January 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

1. Ken Griffey Jr: The best clean player of the Steroid Era, Griffey’s only performance enhancer was playing in the Kingdome. 2. Derek Jeter: Jose Canseco, of all people, said he was sure Jeter never used steroids.  That’s good enough in my book. In an era of gaudy numbers, Jeter was, like Griffey, a throwback. […]

Let’s get a credential

Posted: 28th January 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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A couple months ago, I decided one of my goals for 2010 would be to get a press pass for a San Francisco Giants or Oakland Athletics game.  I used to get media access all the time as a journalist and have had passes to Arco Arena for a Sacramento Kings game, AT&T Park for […]

On recent hot stove developments

Posted: 27th January 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

I could have titled this post, A Winn win for New York or The Yankees are getting Randy!, but it struck me that nobody wants to read about an aging castoff from the San Francisco Giants who signed a bargain basement free agent deal to, essentially, sit on a bench in New York.  How Randy […]

Faithful readers of this site will know that in December I reviewed a book about Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, Bash Brothers: A Legacy Subpoenaed. The book’s author, Dale Tafoya subsequently contacted me, and I interviewed him.  A few weeks after that, McGwire finally admitted to using steroids during his career.  Thereafter, his former trainer, […]

What to do: When your interviewer says they like the Yankees

Posted: 25th January 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I had a phone interview this morning for a possible position with a business consulting office in Pleasanton.  I have a link to this site on my resume, and as a result, baseball comes up fairly often in interviews, which is great.  Baseball is more fun to talk about with potential employers than, say, speed […]

News on the book front

Posted: 23rd January 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized
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I got called yesterday to do some freelance corporate writing for a business in Antioch. On my way out to the company’s headquarters to meet with their upper management and get an idea of their needs, I realized I was only about an hour outside of Sacramento, where my parents live. Thus, after I finished […]

A priest couldn’t help the A’s right now

Posted: 22nd January 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

When I was in high school, my friends and I used to enjoy making movies, ones that probably wouldn’t have gotten us into any film schools if we’d applied. Our best effort was a 10-minute film with a simple premise: I cannot find a woman to save my life.  The film basically revolved around my […]

A good baseball writer you’ve probably never heard of

Posted: 21st January 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I first wrote about baseball as a child, submitted a number of term papers on the sport, beginning in eighth grade, and did my high school senior project on a Pacific Coast League team from my hometown, the Sacramento Solons.  I served as sports editor of my high school newspaper and did well enough that […]

Great injustices: Babe Ruth was not MVP in 1927

Posted: 20th January 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

I have been telling people that I think Babe Ruth is the greatest baseball player of all-time.  Others may choose Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb or someone else.  For me, it’s Ruth, who hit 714 home runs, won 94 games as a pitcher, and even stole 123 bases. More than […]