Did you hear? The San Francisco Giants won the National League West this year. They beat out the Dodgers, who had won the nine previous NL West crowns; they beat out the Dodgers, who won 106 games this year; they beat out the Dodgers, who won the most games ever…


Two years ago, while wondering why the dropped third strike rule exists in baseball, I wrote the following:

Baseball has some weird rules, but you can usually figure out why the rule exists by playing the alternative out to its extreme conclusion: It’s usually trying to prevent something from happening…


One year ago, I learned the news of Kobe Bryant’s death, just minutes after the story first broke, in a text message from my friend Murph. “Is this Kobe news real?” he asked. I had no idea what he meant. I was at brunch, in playground in the back, throwing…


This can wait.

I can barely stomach writing about baseball. The negotiations between the owners and players are exhausting. But I want to discuss something else about those ongoing discussions. Over the past few months, I have seen baseball writers, fans, and politicians expressing some variation of the following:

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred:


Over the last few months, writer Joe Posnanski has been counting down his Top 100 baseball players of all-time at The Athletic. Last week, he named Giants legend Barry Bonds at No. 3.

Barry Bonds could be a jerk, yes. But, like all of us, he is not monochromatic. He…


Over the last few months, writer Joe Posnanski has been counting down his Top 100 baseball players of all-time at The Athletic. This week, he named Giants legend Willie Mays as Number 1.

It’s a name that really sings, doesn’t it? Willie Mays. Say it out loud, but say it…


Bruce Bochy managed his last game for the San Francisco Giants last Sunday. I paid a mint to be there. My wife asked why it was so important. I considered her question a moment and said, “The man had a large part in a half dozen of the twenty or…


It’s a TOB Only Week: Exactly one year after this amazing photo was taken, these two lovebirds are tying the knot this weekend. Congrats PAL and NML!

Why Are We Still Discussing This? MLB Needs to Mandate Immediate Extension of Protective Netting to the Foul Poles

Last weekend, a 3-year old was struck by a foul line drive off the bat of Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians. At this time, the extent of the child’s injuries…


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by Thomas O'Brien and Phil Lang

NFL player Josh Norman leaping over a bull at Pamplona.

A Bum and His Boch

The Giants may be on the verge of trading Madison Bumgarner…


While watching last year’s U.S. Open, I saw an ad for this year’s tournament, played at the relatively close Pebble Beach Golf Course. My friend Phil and I decided to attend, and purchased tickets a year in advance. Neither of us had ever been to a golf tournament before, nor…

Thomas O'Brien

Thomas O’Brien is an attorney in San Francisco. When he’s not busy attending sporting events, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

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