Mesa, Ariz. —When I was at Hohokum Park for the Giants-Cubs game this afternoon, I caught up with a former colleague at The S.F. Chronicle, Henry Schulman, the Giants’ beat writer. We visited for a while after the game.
Henry (AKA “Hank”) and I worked at The Chronicle’s business section in the days when the business and sports sections were green. Now — after a long hiatus — the sections are green again.
I wrote about sports-business once in a while, such as this “scoop” about the Giants naming their new stadium PacBell park.
Henry gained fame as a Giants’ beat reporter. He’s now in his 25th year covering the Giants, with three newspapers. “He [Schulman] made a good transition from being a business writer,” as former Sports Editor Glenn Schwarz recalled. “He just needed to open up his writing to include his sense of humor.”
I enjoy Henry’s coverage of the Giants. Nowadays he likes it a lot too. In the post-Bonds era, the Giants are a more relaxed bunch to write about.
During the Bonds-performance enhanced drugs era, it was a stressful time to be in the dugout — for players and journalists alike.
Spring Training is becoming more popular with Bay Area-Central Valley Giants’ fans, who make the annual pilgrimage to Scottsdale. During the game, I sat next to a man and his wife from Sacramento who have season tickets to the Giants’ Cactus League series. In fact, he attends more Giants games in Scottsdale, Ariz., than in San Francisco.
As the Cactus League gets more and more popular with fans, some tickets to the games are selling for more than the face price.
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