Opening Day in Oakland, With Prospects of Doubleheader of Anguish for A’s Fans: New York Times, April 6, 2012

Opening Day in Oakland, With Prospects of Doubleheader of Anguish for A’s Fans As the A’s take the field for their home opener Friday against the Seattle Mariners, the team’s overachieving glory days depicted in last year’s “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt as General Manager Billy Beane are a warm, if distant glimmer. While Opening Day […]

From Bowling to Bars: Urban Baseball Parks Boost Business:, April 2, 2012

From Bowling to Bars: Urban Baseball Parks Boost Business Twenty years ago, the Baltimore Orioles did something that at the time ran counter to every trend in stadium construction: They built their new ballpark right in the heart of downtown Baltimore. That not only proved beneficial to the Orioles, who continue to draw crowds to […]

Pig Farmer’s True Prizewinner is His Fantasy Baseball Team: New York Times, October 2011

I broke this story at the end of the 2011 baseball season, when the best fantasy baseball player in the world – with winnings of more than $300,000 over the past three years – was revealed to be Idaho pig farmer Lindy Hinkelman. Modest Farmer, Managing Mogul The National Fantasy Baseball Championship, a contest paying […]

Bay Area’s Little Leagues Overflow With Would-Be Giants: New York Times, April 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — The good vibrations from the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory last fall continue to reverberate in the Bay Area, where children inspired by the improbable success of the Giants’ assemblage of castoffs have overwhelmed local Little Leagues. Youths who had never played the game suddenly saw themselves as Cody Ross or Tim […]

Giants Past and Present

Dan Fost is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in technology coverage for newspapers and magazines and interested in a wide range of other subjects as well. Dan is the author of the baseball book “Giants Past and Present,” for MVP Books, which was published in March 2010. The San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series victory has provided the icing on the cake for a very sweet year!