Bob Geren was living a manager's nightmare; he had become the face of a failure, a team that couldn't hit, couldn't field and was rapidly becoming a team that couldn't pitch either.
The anniversary of the vote that was supposed to usher in a new stadium has arrived with little more than fanfare, prompting questions from Ray Ratto. Namely, where's the money ... where are the shovels?
With Jim Tressel the latest example of coaches' turpitude and moral breaches, be thankful Stanford's David Shaw, SJSU's Mike MacIntyre and Cal's Jeff Tedford have yet to fumble their credibility.
Joe Lacob hired a new coach without any coaching experience. But neither did Doc Rivers and it worked out for him just fine. We'll see if Mark Jackson follows in his footsteps.
Its Finals Week, unless youve already finished, so you have time to consider five more reasons why we cant have nice things ...
Before the Giants faced the Rockies Friday, it was full damage control, with both manager Bruce Bochy and club vice president Larry Baer trying to, as they say in Congress, revise and extend Brian Sabeans remarks.
We may have reached the point at long last where it is time for Buster Posey to say, Enough is enough. He may not want to, and he may hate having to do it, but he is the only one who can save the Giants from themselves any longer.
The telling detail in the meeting with Roger Goodell and the NFLPA is not what came out of it, but that a number of owners didnt know the meeting was happening. Why? Ray Ratto has some ideas.
We have now entered a brave and weird new world, one in which valuable players are having their risks reduced while your average catcher isn't getting the same directive. Ray Ratto examines the landscape.
We all enjoyed the Bob Geren-Brian Fuentes psychological thriller for the comedy it provided, but the As will not be defined by that unless the As are a lot more trivial than we think they are.
Ray Ratto has five reasons why you should invoke the There but for the grace of God go us clause today.
The A's are what we thought they were: a team with great pitching and little-to-no hitting. If the A's can't find the bats to contend, Ray Ratto thinks the least they can do is start a new public rift to keep the masses happy.
Without Buster Posey, managing the Giants just became a much more difficult proposition, but the creativity that's required of Bruce Bochy makes the team more fascinating to follow.
We know what youre thinking. Fire the general manager. No, fire the coach. No, trade the following players who have offended me. Not so fast, puck-heads, writes Insider Ray Ratto.