It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what happens when someone's a little too into a book . . .
America, go at it. From 2 to 6 p.m. today, Taco Bell will be giving customers a free Doritos Locos Taco.The fast-food chain had promised fans that if any player stole a base during the World Series, it would declare today Free Taco Tuesday. On Thursday, Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants swiped ... More >>
You don't normally see Scott Boras hailed as a savior of baseball--usually, the Newport Beach super-sports agent is referred to as the complete opposite.But with the Nationals becoming the first Washington, D.C., team since 1933 making it to the playoffs, some in the nation's capital are crediting B ... More >>
You'd think with crowds Saturday pouring in and out of the Disney Resort thanks to the California Adventure re-do, the Angels playing the Diamondbacks at the Big A, a volleyball tournament at the convention center and a concert at the Grove, the Anaheim Police traffic division would have enough on i ... More >>
So maybe it isn't a new team, unfamiliar American League pitching and/or since-fired batting coach Mickey Hatcher that are preventing Albert Pujols from hitting out of his $250 million Angels cap.Perhaps it's home cooking--or the lack thereof.
This modest blog's ostensible focus is OC reading, writing, literary people and generally what the highly-opinionated Mr. Bib deems bookly about our benighted, beatific and beloved county but, of course, no county is an island entire of itself, every county is a piece of the continent, a part of the ... More >>
Does Long Beach-born pitcher James McDonald have the most wicked slider in baseball?The pride of Long Beach Poly High and Golden West College in Huntington Beach has had his slider ranked the second best swing-and-miss pitch among National League starters this season.Let's go the video . . .
"The Lost Boys of Summer" cover boy Richard Lee "Dick" Baney of Tustin can point to pro baseball career highlights that include pitching Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" to victory in a divisional playoff game and striking Henry Aaron out twice as "Hammering Hank" closed in on Babe Ruth's all-time ... More >>
Even after the Tustin resident helped embarrass Major League Baseball into helping retired ballplayers such as himself, he's still not happy, and he has plenty of company
Driving through Arizona to catch some spring training games, Darcy Fast says via his cell phone of baseball's annuity plan for the lost boys of summer like him, "I don't think it's fair." A Chicago Cubs pitcher whose darts lived up to his last name in 1967-68, Fast says baseball and the players ... More >>
Jim Belushi has earned his well-deserved status of being a household name. With a career that has spanned longer than some of our lives, his resume include movies, TV, kick ass music, and brilliant sketch comedy. Jim is more than well rounded--he's a legend. And if there was ever a time or a venu ... More >>
Moments before the first full-squad workout of spring training and the launch of another disappointing season for the hapless Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly created some poster board material today by comparing his team to the New York Yankees and the Angels to the New York Mets.In ot ... More >>
There was a lot to hate about 2011 as a whole.And, there are still nine days left for December to make a case for changing my mind about which was the worst month in Orange County this year.But, from my perch on this ivory tower I call "couch," I'm ready to proclaim October 2011 as the nastiest m ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 8, 2:50 P.M.: Step aside, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller and Bishop Tod Brown: the next great Orange County Christian soldier may very well be Albert Pujols. Christian author Scott Lamb, who co-wrote Pujols: More Than a Game, believes the slugger may do more than knock baseballs over t ... More >>
Those were the days...This year's baseball World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals has been a thriller--two close games decided by one run, followed by two blowouts, followed by yesterday's thrilling Game 5, which saw the Rangers rally in the bottom of the seventh with two ... More >>
If you were a Hollywood studio chief, wouldn't you greenlight a movie based on the only major leaguer alive to acknowledge he's gay over one about a general manager who used sabermetric principles to bring undervalued ballplayers to his small-market team that went on to collect wins but no penna ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.growingongrownup.comLast week, I read that San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt ... More >>
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is perhaps the most-loathed owner in professional sports right now, what with his acrimonious divorce with ex-wife Jamie, their use of the franchise as their personal piggy back, his approval of bonehead personnel decisions, the gouging of fans at Dodgers S ... More >>
Along with reissues of their early records, Pearl Jam is releasing a documentary this year by their old friend, director Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Almost Famous). Filled with behind-the-scenes footage and performance clips from the 1990s to present day, the film also reveal ... More >>
The eyes of the sports world, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco, have been focused on the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on April 1.What has received far less notice was the beating of a pregnant woman and her brother, apparent Dodger fans, at Angel Stadium three nig ... More >>
Kobylt and Chiampou: Dumber and DumbUPDATE, APRIL 7, 2011, 12:55 P.M.: Some troll at the bottom left the following remark:If it were two white guys beating up a Mexican, Gustavo would be shitting himself with racist comments. It remi ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Click here to see more photos from the game.The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles 5-1 last night at Angels Stadium to sweep the annual Freeway Series.It was classic Mike Scioscia small ball (with a 5th inning Torii Hunter ... More >>
Former NFL quarterback and sports broadcaster Josh Booty claimed that when he was in the Orange County Jail after a February 2008 DUI arrest, he was beaten, tasered and ridiculed with comments like "big pussy motherfucker" and "the price is wrong, bitch"--a reference to his ex-wife, a former The ... More >>
New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested last night after clashing with his wife's father in the hallway outside the team's clubhouse at Citi Field, police said.Rodriguez, 28, allegedly fought with his 53-year-old father-in-law after the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, sendin ... More >>
It may have been a coup for Anaheim to get Major League Baseball's 2010 All-Star Game, but as of now that particular Midsummer Classic has the distinction of having drawn the lowest television ratings ever. Tuesday night's game on Fox had a 7.5 household rating and an average of 12.1 million vie ... More >>
The Mexican wrote here about the protest before tonight's All-Star Game at Angel Stadium by folks who want the next Midsummer Classic moved out of Arizona because of the immigrant-targeting SB 1070 legislation.Looks like those protesters are going to have mucho company.
The sporting eyes of America will focus on Anaheim this Tuesday for the baseball All-Star Game--so what better time to schedule a protest against Arizona's retrograde, anti-Mexican, pro-Arpayaso policies than just before the game?A Facebook page called "Move the 2011 All Star Game out of Arizona" ... More >>
Courtesy of Angels BaseballThis has been as odd a season of Major League Baseball as there has ever been. That's really saying something for an organized sport that has been played for more than 100 years.Consider the four no-hit games pitched before the break, how two of those no-hitters were perfe ... More >>
On over the weekend, Angels third baseman Brandon Wood hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.While that's pretty impressive, the four runs Wood drove in over the weekend represent 30 percent of his RBIs on the season. In other ... More >>
www.myspace.com/ozzyosbourneTomorrow, Ozzy Osbourne will be at the Dodger Stadium, trying to get the crowd to attempt the loudest (and longest!) scream for the Guinness World Records. Of course, it will be during a game when the Dodgers are playing the Angels, so if you go, you'll not only get t ... More >>
[Summer Guide] Meet the OC Flyers' No. 1 host family
Flickr user IrargerichBaseball is known for--amongst other things--its passionate fans, players with quirky nicknames and managers that wear the same outfit as its players. Nothing exemplifies baseball, however, as much as the stat. No outfield-running drunken fan, player who goes by "Chipper" ... More >>
OC WeeklyThe only thing worse than having someone break up with you is to hear the stupid clichés everyone uses to try to cheer you up with afterward:"Dude, you are better off without her.""Come on man, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.""The best way to get over someone is to get under ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] ¡A la chingada with Arizona's SB 1070!
The biggest non-surprise of the week: your Anaheim Angels' owner, Arte Moreno, offering no comment to the Los Angeles Times when they asked about his stance on Arizona's SB1070, that piece of Copper State legislation that makes OC's own Proposition 187 seem as anti-Mexican as El Plan de Santa Bar ... More >>
The day is this past Tuesday; the occasion, Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The music is tamborazo, the brass-band racket native to Zacatecas; the group, from Jerez, where my parents and thousands of Orange County residents are from (most of them coming LEGALLY, because their parents we ... More >>
[Newport Beach Film Fest] You think action-sports athletes push the limit? Check out the people filming them
As usual, I stay out of this fray (mostly), because I'm condemned to fruitlessly root for the Chicago Cubs for eternity. But that doesn't mean I don't like to see other fans duke it out!Here are five topics to get the chingasos rolling...
Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The life and times of orange picker-turned-big leaguer Jesse Flores
Nothing will ever outstrange what happened to the Angels in 1986
Orange Countys 74 Greatest Holes-in-the-Wall
A Guide to Orange Countys Best U.S. City Meals