Hi everyone, and happy Thursday.
Earlier this week, good news came to those who are fans of San Francisco Giants content. Kerry Crowley — a tremendous Giants beat reporter for the Bay Area News Group, as well as a (loving) target of many jokes from Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow — announced that he was returning to work.
Crowley was furloughed after the coronavirus outbreak suspended the MLB season. He’ll be returning to work covering the pandemic, and presumably shifting back to the Giants if and when the season resumes.
Now, before I get into the meat of this story, I want to offer an important disclaimer: If you are out of work, or have work but have newfound time due to not being able to have a social life, there is zero obligation to do big, productive things. Don’t let any stupid graphic on Instagram about how this is the time to write your novel fool you. This is a terrifying time, and if what you want to do is make pancakes and watch Netflix all day, then by all means do that. That is not bad, lazy, or anything less than finding the right way to live your life.
With that said, what Crowley chose to do with his free time after being furloughed was create an online course for aspiring sportswriters, titled “Your Future in Sportswriting.”
I spent every day during the furlough period building "Your Future in Sportswriting," an online course I'm launching designed to give sportswriters the tips, tools and techniques they'll need to land jobs or internships.https://t.co/zy70PU17Re— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) May 26, 2020
Crowley’s course features advice from numerous successful people in the industry, including The Athletic’s Alex Coffey, Jayson Stark, Tim Kawakami, and Gina Mizell, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic and Logan Murdock, the SF Chronicle’s Ann Killion, and MLB’s Maria Guardado.
While he obviously charges for the course, he’s also offering free advice through Twitter.
Here's the course curriculum. I can't thank all the writers who contributed enough for making this a reality. Here's hoping this helps young journalists/students who have missed out on some opportunities this year. pic.twitter.com/ho0TLL2H8U— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) May 26, 2020
Very, very cool stuff. As someone who feels extremely fortunate and happy to be in this industry, it’s tremendous to see an up-and-coming media star already thinking about how to help others get in the game.
Well done, Kerry.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
May 28, 1995: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 6th inning off of Dave Mlicki. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and they would win 5-1. It was his 6th homer of the year.
May 28, 2003: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 7th inning off of Eddie Oropesa. It gave the Giants a 7-2 lead, and they would win 10-2. It was his 13th homer of the year.
May 28, 2004: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning off of Tim Harikkala, scoring Marquis Grissom. It gave the Giants a walk-off 4-2 win, after they had trailed 2-0 with 2 outs in the 9th. It was his 13th homer of the year.
May 28, 2006: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning off of Byung-Hyun Kim, scoring Steve Finley. It cut the Giants deficit to 6-2, and they would lose 6-3. It was his 7th homer of the year, and number 715 in his career.
He also had one of his most memorable moments on this day in 1998:
- Roger Munter looks at players who could be available with the Giants 49th pick (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on how the proposed rule changes will impact the Giants (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Grant Brisbee chats with fans (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Hank Schulman talks with Barry Zito about the 2010 team (SF Chronicle)
- Podcast: Alex Pavlovic talks with Javier Lopez (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Alex Pavlovic looks back on the Giants top five prospects following the 2017 season (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Dan Szymborski on why the universal DH won’t mess with your fantasy team (Fangraphs)
- Alex Pavlovic on what Javier Lopez remembers about facing Barry Bonds (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Alex Pavlovic on the bullpen reconstruction restarting (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Have a tremendous Thursday, all of you.