Voice of the Truefan

Information on Bobble Heads and other giveaways, with a heavy dose of ticket knowledge thrown in, is the usual focus of this blog. For now we work in the SF Bay Area, and most of what we talk about will be Giants and A's but stay tuned!

I want to welcome all of the baseball fans out there who have found this page which obviously is named "Voice of the Truefan".  It is my plan to use this site as a venue to spew my own brand of Sports talk for all to read.  It is an activity I should have been doing my whole life since it is most of what I talk about when I am not at work. Heck it is what I talk about most at work too.  When it comes to sports knowledge I dare say I am very well rounded as well.  I follow the NBA, NFL, MLS (not so much) Barclays Premier League (more than MLS), NHL, CFL, on the rare occasion when I can find Aussie rules football I love it and can even explain what's going on.  All of these and more, NASCAR, Volleyball, Track and Field, Skiing and let us not forget EVERY Olympic sport they can possibly put on TV.  I can even clearly remember watching Ray Stevens, Pat Patterson, Haystack Calhoun and that crowd wrestle, or perhaps I should say wrassle, when I was about 3 years old with my Uncle Earl.  I would watch them all if I had the time.  I have a 48 ball run playing pool, I was a Ping Pong champion and if you and I make up a sport in the back yard tomorrow, I will be able to tell you the story of that day and the rules 20 years from now.  I eat, drink and sleep sports.

But, without question the king of leagues as far as I am concerned is the focus of this page.  BASEBALL!  Good ole American Major League Baseball.  It was the first game I watched growing up.  Why?  Because back then you had the Major League Baseball Game of the Week come on every Saturday morning on NBC.  Now my Saturday morning as a very young kid consisted of waking up and getting myself a bowl of some kind of sugary cereal and plopping myself down to watch cartoons.  It didn't matter when they ended I was watching until something boring came on.  My favorite cartoons were mostly on NBC.  Space Ghost was early, followed by HR Puffenstuff, a show which I didn't realize just how cool it was until I saw those shows again as an adult.  The Banana Splits was usually the last cartoon of the day as I remember.  Depending on the time of the game of the week that day, those Splits might be followed by a movie, in which case off goes the TV and I would go outside to play.  But sometime around age 5 I started noticing that most Saturdays cartoons would be followed by this game called baseball and I was immediately and eternally hooked. 

I was and remain to this day a pretty good athlete.  I could always throw a ball and get adults to be surprised at how well I could simply throw at a young age.  But the things I saw on TV seemed magical to me.  You have to remember this was the era of mid to late 60's.  The stars of that time were names like Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Yastremski... I could go on forever but you get the point.  It was the Golden age of baseball as far as I am concerned.  I think I must have been 4 actually when I started caring, because I clearly remember Sandy Koufax pitching a game on one of those Saturday mornings and I did not understand how he made the ball move like that when he threw it.  I was fascinated and needed to learn how to do what he did with a ball.  Little did I realize that he might be a once in a lifetime talent, and he would retire and never pitch again after that '66 season.  A tragedy I tell you.

If you are anywhere near my age I hope this resonates with you.  If you are younger and want some current talk and analysis of your favorite team, please bear with me.  I do plan on keeping current and not just telling a bunch of old stories.  It's after 1 and I need to hit the hay.  Hope you come back again soon.  For now, I'm the Truefan, signing off..

May 25, 2017

Free Giants Game

A free Giants game is being offered by the Truefan Foundation to families and fans. May 30th the Giants host the Nationals and we want to see you at the park! Check out this page for all the details

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Mar 30, 2017

Baseball is Back!

Baseball is back in the Bay Area folks and it start tonight at AT&T Park when the Giants host the Oakland Athletics. Both teams fans can't wait.

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Apr 12, 2016

2016 Oakland Athletics

The 2016 Oakland Athletics season has begun and they are in first place in the American League West. Here are some things you might not know.

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Mar 30, 2016

2016 Giants Baseball is back

The 2016 Giants season is upon us folks. Check out some of the highlights here.

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Dec 14, 2015

Giants Signings

Recent SF Giants signings have come out of nowhere. Read about them here.

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Aug 14, 2015

Giants and Nationals Sunday Tickets August 16th

This weekend the Giants and Nationals are playing at AT&T Park and prices are stupid. But I have some at a fair price. Check it out.

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May 16, 2015

Free Oakland Athletics Tickets

Providing Free Oakland Athletics tickets to families is what the Truefan Foundation is all about. See what we can do.

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May 11, 2015

Truefan Foundation Update

The Truefan Foundation has been building a good base so far in 2015. We are on pace to meet our mission goals, but we still need help.

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Apr 30, 2015

Mayweather Pacquiao is Saturday

Mayweather Pacquiao is this Saturday and it has become an event that is beyond MASSIVE. I dare say it is nearing Ali Frazier on the hype scale!

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Apr 24, 2015

Truefan's Giants recap

Your Giants recap as written by Mark Harris, The Truefan. The Giants have been my team since childhood. I'll give you a recap and a box score for each game.

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Apr 22, 2015

Truefan's Athletics recap

Your Oakland Athletics recap by Mark Harris, The Truefan. The A's have made me a two team fan. You can find my recap and a link to a box score for each game here.

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Apr 17, 2015

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant makes his debut today for the Cubs and slides right into the cleanup spot. What does it say?

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Apr 17, 2015

Arods return

Arods return and the circus is back! Or is it? Whether you like it or not depends on your perspective. Read some more.

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Apr 13, 2015

Giants Home Opener

It was the Giants home opener today. All the ceremonies that go with a World Championship came before and they were spectacular. Read about it here.

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Apr 13, 2015

Jordan Spieth

Today Jordan Spieth claimed his spot on the top tier of golfs current crop of dynamic youth. Read the Truefan's take here

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Apr 12, 2015

Stephen Curry IS the NBA MVP!

If Stephen Curry is not your pick for the NBA's MVP you must not be paying attention. Read some more.

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Apr 11, 2015

April 10th Giants and A's coverage

The Giants and A's both played April 10th bal games. Truefan's coverage here!

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Apr 10, 2015

April 9 baseball- Giants and A's

The Giants and the A's both played April 9 baseball. Read all about it here

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Apr 09, 2015

Giants and A's April 8th Baseball

April 8th Baseball involving the Giants and A's is the subject. Read all about it.

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Apr 08, 2015

Nicklaus Hole in One

The Jack Nicklaus Hole in One at the Masters Par 3 contest is another example of the play that makes him the greatest golfer of all time.

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Apr 07, 2015

Giants Opening Day

The San Francisco Giants Opening Day goes in the books as a win. Read about it here.

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Apr 07, 2015

Athletics Opening Day

Today was the Athletics Opening Day and Sonnty Gray was dealing! Get the whole story here.

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Apr 06, 2015

Opening Day

It's Opening day! For most MLB teams, today is opening day. Stadiums will be packed and optimisim reigns.

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Apr 05, 2015

Bay Bridge Series

The Bay Bridge Series is on! Game 1 goes to the A's. Read about it here.

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Apr 03, 2015

Angel Pagan

Angel Pagan has shown his importance. Yet somehow without him, the Giants still won it all in 2014. What does 2015 hold for him?

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Apr 02, 2015

Athletics v Giants

Baseball is back! The Athletics v Giants exhibition baseball at AT&T Park is back and starts tonight April 2nd. You gona be there?

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Mar 30, 2015

Stadium Giveaways

Stadium Giveaways have become a collecting obsession for a lot of fans. We try to help you find the giveaway you need.

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Mar 27, 2015

Korean Heritage Night

Korean Heritage Night takes place at AT&T park this year on April 17th. Here's what you need to know.

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Mar 26, 2015

Barry Zito

Barry Zito is trying to defy the clock this spring in Arizona. So far he is pulling it off. Check it out.

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Mar 26, 2015

Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy is a pitcher who seemed to be dropping off the radar before getting traded to the Giants in 2014. Check out his resurgence here.

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