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Thursday BP: Kerry Crowley made a sportswriting course

The Giants beat reporter is back at work, and with an outstanding course on his profession.

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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.”

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.

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:

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Have a tremendous Thursday, all of you.