Author Archive for West Coast Craig

West Coast Craig reports from Hollywood with an endearingly laid back style. A happily married father of two little boys, WCC has an avocado tree in his yard, plays the hot corner in a "Valley" hardball league and always manages to take cool sports-related mini road-trips, often with his immediate clan. He hails from Oneonta, NY but has been "So very L.A." for twenty years, so his sports teams are the Yankees AND the Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the L.A. Lakers and the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques. WCC loves bacon-wrapped hotdogs and can touch his heel and his ear... with his hand.

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Mets Winning Streak… But At What Cost? Time for Gorilla Warfare?

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – Miami Marlin starting pitcher Tom Koehler’s Adam’s Apple quivered and bobbed as the Mets’ new clean-up hitter ambled to the batter’s box in the bright sunshiny day. The walk-on music: Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz. Some intern’s idea up in production, and while Rhubarb thought it a little on-the-nose (if they wanted the […]

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Opening Day! Rob Manfred Era and Mets 800 lb Gorilla

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WASHINGTON, DC – The bunting furls in the afternoon sun – red white and blue – against the nation’s capital. The fans teeming the streets drain through the Nationals Park gates, laying their phones in baskets as they pass through the metal detectors, then placing them under the bar-code readers to accept their displayed tickets. […]

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Mets, Gorilla Slugger Korak, Smoke Yankees: Reporter Seeks Story

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PORT ST. LUCIE – The Reporter walked into his closet and rubbed his hand on his chin. On his right was a row of blue blazers.  On his left, orange.  Today felt like a blue day, so he pieced it together with his Spongebob yellow tie and matching blue sunglasses.  It promised to be a big day, rumors […]

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The Curious Case of Korak O’Rourke, Mets Gorilla Slugger

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He’s a punishing, promising young Met. A righty clutch hitter; noble, interesting… not that human. PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The secret cannot be held much longer. Questions are being asked, and sooner rather than later the New York Mets management will have to produce a statement.  It’s been exactly thirty years since the organization had […]

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Hollywood’s Big Night: The Oscars For Sports Fans

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HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND – the Super Bowl of Show Business went off last night, culminating a season of screener watching, awards shows, water cooler arguments, parties and the closing of a major east-west artery here in Tinseltown for an entire week… only to have that rarest of celebrity sightings show up on the red carpet […]

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Shake off the Rust: Back to Baseball! Shields, Beane, Yankees, Mets, Padres

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – It’s still the off season, pitchers and catchers are over a week away from reporting to camp, and it’s time for me to start shaking the rust off as well, playing catch outside and trying to catch up on all the goings on around baseball: Hope still springs eternal for everyone except […]

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