Monday, April 6 through Sunday, April 12, 2020
Issue No. 323
The Fall / Winter Edition is here!
The 2019 Fall/Winter edition of the Ultimate Sports Guide , a San Francisco Bay Area sports reference publication published twice a year for avid Bay Area and Northern California sports fans, has arrived. The Ultimate Sports Guide is distributed free of charge or may be ordered via subscription. Each seasonal edition provides professional and collegiate team coverage through commentary, photo essays and player profiles. To order, visit or send $10 to: Ultimate Sports Guide ,
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Deferred Dreams
Ultimate Sports Guide photographer Ed Jay visited Japan late last year and in great anticipation picked up the above cap celebrating the upcoming 2020 Olympics. Unfortunately Ed now has only a special souvenir for an event
which will never occur.
Who Am I?
I was a late season call-up by the San Francisco Giants in 2019, hitting .274 with
four September home runs. (See answer below.)
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Dear Giants Fans,

On what would have been our 21st Opening Day at Oracle Park this Friday, we instead find ourselves united in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. These are unprecedented times and, like all of you, we're navigating this new terrain almost day by day, working to keep our colleagues and loved ones healthy and safe and figuring out ways to help those most impacted by this pandemic.

First and foremost, we urge you to follow the preventive and social distancing measures outlined by public health officials. Our hearts go out to all those now suffering from the virus and to the families who have lost loved ones.

The worst of times so often brings out the best in humanity, and the quiet acts of selflessness and heroism all around us every day continue to leave us awestruck.

We are so deeply grateful to those working on the front lines and risking their own health and safety to save others and to provide essential services. Thank you to health care workers, first responders, public health officials, sanitation workers, social services providers, farm workers, grocery workers, food banks and the restaurant community, among others. And we want to acknowledge the educators who are doing their best under very challenging circumstances to continue to engage and teach our children.

In that spirit, the Giants are working with many of our community partners, Junior Giants families and employees directly impacted by COVID-19 to provide assistance, support and guidance. For more information on these efforts, and to find resources and updates, visit our website under  COVID-19 2020 Season Updates . We are working closely with Major League Baseball (MLB) and our local authorities to ensure we make the best decisions to protect public health and safety. We will continue to provide you with regular updates as information becomes available.

You'll also find on our revised  page a few things we hope bring a smile to your face. It's a central hub of information that includes a schedule of the classic Giants games on NBC Sports Bay Area and KNBR, puzzles/games/coloring pages for the kids, highlights of our latest content on YouTube and more.

As it did after the 1989 earthquake, September 11th and other tragic events, baseball will be there to lift and unite our community in the aftermath of this devastating pandemic. When the time is right, we will again gather at the ballpark or around our televisions, radios, phones and other devices to welcome back baseball and cheer on the Giants.

Wishing you continued good health,

The San Francisco Giants
Dear A's Fan,

We hope you are focusing on your health, safety, and well-being during this unprecedented time. We are thinking of you and every member of our amazing Green and Gold family.

I enjoyed celebrating Opening Day At Home, a day full of memorable games and content on multiple platforms, and I hope you did too. It served as a great reminder that we can come together even when we’re apart.

Given local and national health recommendations and restrictions, the timing of the 2020 season is still unknown. Major League Baseball is relying on the CDC, the WHO, and a group of infectious disease specialists as resources in order to have the best possible understanding of when we can return to the field. MLB's goal is to play as many regular season games as possible.

We look forward to returning to the ballpark and hearing the chants of "Let's Go Oakland" filling the Coliseum. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

Play ball,

Dave Kaval
Oakland A's President
Golden Gate Fields
Out of respect to the Covid-19 virus epidemic, Golden Gate Fields will remain closed for the immediate future.   Photo credit: Vassar Photography.
Test Your Sports Knowledge!
The photos below involve local sports teams and different scenarios are provided. You guess which is correct.
(Answers follow.)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle...
Mistake-prone 49ers turn back Steelers, 24-20. Sept. 22, 2019
Photo by Darren Yamashita

a. was San Francisco's leading receiver against the Steelers
b. had six receptions good for 57 yards on eight targets
c. had a sterling game which triggered an incentive-laden contract clause and pushed him into a higher tax bracket
d. found his explosiveness effective for returning punts and kickoffs
Oakland A's second baseman Corban Joseph...
A's top Astros in 13 innings, 3-2. Aug. 16, 2019
Photo by Darren Yamashita

a. upon hearing the garbage cans in left field, adjusted his swing and
mashed a long home run
b. while at the plate, received a text that his girl friend was available for dinner
c. hit a single to start the game-winning rally in the 13th inning
d. hit for the cycle
San Francisco Giants right fielder Jaylin Davis...
Giants blanked by Dodgers at home, 2-0. Sept. 28, 2019
Photo by Darren Yamashita

a. arrived just as the ball to first base and was declared safe
b. is out at a close play at first base after grounding to the pitcher
c. broke his ankle when his cleat became lodged in the first base bag
d. returned to the batter's box as the ball was declared to have landed in foul ground, negating the close play at first base

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins...
Golden State Warriors fall to Washington Wizards, 124-110
Mar. 1, 2020. Photo by Rich Yee

a. was assessed a T-1 for landing on the chest of Washington Wizard forward Isaac Bonga
b. recovered his balance and launched a desperation shot which tied the game
c. was called for charging, picking up his sixth foul and exited the game
d. fell to the floor and a foul was called on the Wizard's Isaac Bonga
San Francisco 49ers -- a & b

The 49ers committed four turnovers in their first five series but emerged an unlikely winner, sending the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers down to a 24-20 defeat. It was the team's season home opener and included a fifth turnover in the fourth quarter. Tight end George Kittle had five of his team-high six receptions before halftime and tallied 57 total yards for the game. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Darren Yamashita.

Oakland A's -- c

Infielder Corban Joseph led off the A's bottom of the 13th inning with a line drive single to left fielder Michael Brantley. Chris Herrmann, the next batter, sacrificed Joseph to second base. Marcus Semien struck out swinging. Robbie Grossman came to the plate and delivered a sharp single to center fielder George Springer, scoring Joseph with the winning run. Joseph finished the game, going 1-5. Final score in 13 innings: A's 3, Astros 2. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Darren Yamashita.

San Francisco Giants -- b

San Francisco Giants Jaylin Davis grounded softly to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu who tossed to first baseman Max Muncy for the out. Davis finished the game, going 1-4. Final score: Dodgers 2, Giants 0. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

Golden State Warriors -- d

Newly acquired forward Andrew Wiggins (from Minnesota) was fouled on the play and awarded free throws. Wiggins led the Dubs with 27 points but the home team fell, 124-110, to the visiting Washington Wizards at Chase Center on Mar. 1, 2020. To view a game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Rich Yee.

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Mauricio Dubon!
Mauricio Andre Dubón (born July 19, 1994) is a Honduran professional baseball shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. The Boston Red Sox selected Dubón in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB draft and he made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. On July 31, 2019 the Brewers traded Dubón to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Ray Black and Drew Pomeranz. With the Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats, Dubon batted .323/.391/.485 with 23 runs, four home runs, and nine RBIs in 99 at bats. Dubón started at second base for the Giants on Aug. 29, getting his first major league hit. In 2019 he batted .279/.312/.442 with 12 runs, four home runs, and nine RBIs in

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