ESPN The Magazine just put out an issue entirely focused on the Bay Area. It's pretty great stuff, with articles about everybody from the 49ers to the A's. You should go read the whole thing, actually. But here are our favorite moments:
1. The owner of the 49ers, Jed York is an almost crier: "Jed York holds two cuff links and begins to cry. He catches himself, though, his eyes red and glassy. He always catches himself. York—by title the 49ers CEO, by inheritance the owner, by his own characterization the steward—isn't a crier. He's an almost crier."
2. York also inherited the family temper: "After the 49ers dropped the 2010 opener against the Seahawks, York stalked into the San Francisco locker room and pounded a chair against a wall until it broke."
3. Eddie D is doing just fine these days: "He says Louisiana was a 'blessing in disguise,' because it forced him to look clearly at himself and his life. He rebuilt the family's real estate business, and his net worth is now $2.6 billion."
4. Not even Oakland fans seems to want the A's to stay in town: "A grassroots organization called Save Oakland Sports started a petition to let owners and politicians know the city wants to keep its teams; through mid-September a grand total of 832 people had signed it. The president of SOS -- a group formed to raise public awareness and, presumably, hell -- didn't respond to an interview request."
5. Opposing players go to absurd lengths not to stay in Oakland: "The Rays stayed in San Francisco for a late August weekend series even though they knew the Bay Bridge would be closed. It took the team bus nearly two hours to get to the Coliseum on Friday afternoon. David Price, that night's starting pitcher, paid $202 for a cab ride."
6. The A's are going to the playoffs because they eat cookies: "'I started going to A's games in the late 1980s,' Connie Amarel says. 'They were in a big slump, and I thought, I'm just gonna make some good-luck cookies. I grew up in Ohio, and I guess when somebody was having a hard time you made them cookies.' Ater her first batch, she saw Terry Steinbach, then the A's catcher, signing autographs, and she asked if he got her treats. 'Those helped me hit a home run,' he told her. 'Bring some more.' So she did, and does. She'll bake 5,000 cookies for the A's this year, a variety of recipes that she punctuates with yellow and green M&Ms ordered in 5-pound shipments from Las Vegas."
7. Stanford football coach David Shaw could have been the next Peter Thiel: "Two decades ago, shortly before graduating from Stanford, he had a job waiting for him on Sand Hill Road, the venture capital mecca that separates the university from the rest of Silicon Valley. When he turned down the offer to take a coaching gig at Western Washington, his mother, Gay, sobbed."