We're very fortunate to have both of our major league teams in the playoffs. The Oakland A's are playing in the American League playoffs and the San Francisco Giants are playing in the National League playoffs. Do you find that you want to know more about these teams? Have you been watching and wondering about the finer points of the games? We can help! Here are some titles that will assist you with your questions.
Read about the colorful characters (lovingly labeled the Dirty Dozen by manager Bruce Bochy) who became stars during San Francisco's crazy ride to the top, including Aubrey Huff and his now-legendary Rally Thong; clean-cut rookie extraordinaire Buster Posey; and laissez faire Tim Lincecum, whose laid-back personality is a perfect fit for the City by the Bay. Behind every madcap misadventure there was also an unquenchable drive to succeed and prove the naysayers wrong.
A profile of the colorful former owner and general manager of the Oakland A's describes the tuberculosis that ended his athletic ambitions, his contributions to the team's historic wins, and the contradictory personality that led to his controversial team breakdown.
The Baseball Codes
Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-clearing Brawls : the Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime
Everyone knows that baseball is a game of complicated rules, but it turns out to be even more complex than we realize. Jason Turbow and Michael Duca take us behind the scenes of the great American pastime. Players talk about the game as they never have before, breaking the code of secrecy that surrounds so much of baseball, both on the field and in the clubhouse.