Baseball began its marquee event last night as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in the Game One of the World Series. The Zinio headquarters in San Francisco, which sits about one mile from the Giants’ AT&T Park, is a happy place today. The office follows the Giants closely during the playoffs (we stream games from a projector when the team is out of town). So it was tense times as the black and orange perfected the art of the comeback and staved off elimination four times to reach the finals.
There is plenty of exhaustive coverage on America’s national pastime, from Ken Burns’s encyclopedic film Baseball to Jane Leavy’s book The Last Boy centered on Yankee legend Mickey Mantle. In honor of the Giants and Tigers we dug up a profile on San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval (who hit three home runs in Game One), and Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander (who, well, didn’t fair so good against his opposition.)
ESPN The Magazine – April 4, 2011.
Nicknamed Kung Fu Panda for his uncanny agility relative to his big figure, Pablo Sandoval became a little too comfortable with his look and a little less lethal with his bat. ESPN checks in on the player as he reequips his body for the 2011 season.
Men’s Journal - May, 2012
Pitcher Justin Verlander was a couch potato as a kid. He doesn’t have the attention span to watch baseball on TV, and can’t explain the technique he uses for his signature curve ball. Yet, he became the first starting pitcher in 26 years to win the CY Young and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season. Pat Jordan plays a round of golf with Verlander to discover the man behind the fastball.