A quick run down on all those who have contributed to this site — in their own words.
I’ve been running Bay City Ball since the end of 2006 and it’s been a really fun ride. I started blogging so I could write/think/whine more about my favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. I’ve always been drawn to numbers and statistics. In other words, nerd stuff. Will Clark will always be my favorite Giant and I’ve always thought that Darrel Evans was criminally underrated. My goal is to make BCB a reasoned, sensible, and smart Giants blog.
Some of my favorite things are movies, music (electronic, hip-hop, jazz, rock), graphs, and beer.
I’ve become something of a sports journalism nomad. I started out at San Francisco Dugout in 2006, where I covered the Giants minor league system from top to bottom. I caught on with MiLB.com in 2009, where I write the Cal League notebooks once a week every season. Last year I joined another Sweet Spot affiliate, Baseballin’ on a Budget, and I learned about the A’s system on the fly. Now I’m here at Bay City Ball, doing what I do best: covering the minors.
I balance all that with school. I’m a global studies major at San Jose State University and I’m double minoring in Spanish and journalism. My emphasis is Latin American studies. That emphasis is taking me to the Dominican Republic in September, where I will study baseball for three months from every perspective imaginable. After graduation I’m considering a master’s degree in sports management.
Other mundane stuff about me: I live with my boyfriend, a recently converted Giants fan, in downtown San Jose, California. I love to cook. I’m an unapologetic Pokemon nerd. I teach swim lessons for children at Santa Clara Swim Club in Santa Clara, California.
Hi, I’m Julian Levine. You may remember me from such Giants blogs as Splashing Pumpkins and Giants Nirvana. I’ve been blogging about the Giants in some capacity since August of 2010, during which time they’ve won the World Series twice. This is absolutely a coincidence, but you’re welcome anyway. You can find my other baseball-related writings at Beyond the Box Score.
When not thinking about the Giants, I’m busy attending school at UC San Diego. Other stuff: Let It Be is the greatest song of all time; I watch too much Everybody Loves Raymond, and I’m only slightly ashamed to admit it; Spoon rules.
Probably Maybe Most Likely Inactive
When I was young, I taught myself how to hit left-handed so that I could pretend to be Will Clark while playing whiffle ball. To this day, I hit still hit a little better from the left side.
My POV of a blogger is that of the fan first, and stats guy second. I’m more of a fan who happens to know how the law of large numbers works. I like sabermetrics and stats, but I have a rule about not believing in anything that I can’t explain to my dad.
I believe in the following things.
That pie is clearly superior to cake.
That Randy Winn’s OF defense was awesome, and that he actually made it look too easy.
That the Los Angeles Dodgers originated not from Brooklyn as is commonly believed, but through some sort of Dan Brown-esque satanic conspiracy.
That Herbert Hoover kinda gets a bum rap.
That Rush sucks, but the song Limelight is pretty okay.
I still don’t really quite believe that the 2010 Giants won the World Series.
I wasn’t supposed to write about baseball. At least I didn’t think so. I played baseball from five years old until I was about 20 — most successfully as a pitcher — but blew out my labrum before heading to Santa Clara University as a walk-on recruit. Along the way, I threw a perfect game in Little League and pitched against Daniel Nava and Doug Fister. So there’s that.
But here I am, writing. I had to stay in the game one way or another. I started in 2009 at my own site, Paapfly.com. I’ve since branched out and can also be found on the Hardball Times about once per week.
I love stats, but baseball is about the stories, at least for me. I like to think I use stats in order to more accurately tell the story.
I love music and traveling, and I probably watch way too many movies (almost always with my fiance). Her and I have a dog named Oscar; we adore him.
Lastly, I thought I might be a little less crazy and a little more easygoing about the Giants following their first World Series title in San Francisco. Just a few weeks later, I understood that might never be possible.