When I was assigned to interview noted hitter Hunter Pence, in person for an entire day, I was thrown off guard. First, I like the guy. A lot. And second, unlike so many a glorified chef or socialite, he's an actual celebrity in San Francisco—not only famous, he's a hero. I had my fears.
This spring, we spent a full day in San Francisco with Giants World Series champion Hunter Pence for this story, "He Might Be Giant: A Day in the Life of Hunter Pence." Turns out the man is as photogenic as he is talented at baseball and gaming, and we have a slew of fantastic photos, shot by Matt Edge, of the rightfielder to share with you.
While we're anxiously waiting for this year's Mavericks to happen (the big-wave, one-day surfing competition will occur sometime between today and March 1), we talked to 28-year-old Bianca Valenti, San Francisco-based professional surfer and first female Big Wave World Tour champion, about beaches, women in the sport, and more.
Right now, two brave climbers are in the middle of attempting to free-climb the world's steepest stretch of granite, half a mile up, in the peaks of Yosemite National Park. Professional climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell began their journey on December 27 and are the first to try to reach the summit of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite using nothing but their hands and feet. If the two succeed to the top, they will make history by being the first to do so without any other tools but their bodies.
MadBum, the nickname given to MVP and local hero Madison Bumgarner, who, in part, helped the San Francisco Giants clinch their third World Series in just five years, appeared on The Tonight Show last night. Also making an appearance? His underwear on Jimmy Fallon's derrière.
For the third time in five years, your San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Tonight's 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals cemented the team's status as a sports dynasty. All hail the Giants.
The dream’s over – to Seattle goes the spoils.
It always seemed inevitable that the 49ers’ quest to reach a second consecutive Super Bowl would go through Seattle.
To Colin Kaepernick, in the end, the temperature was just that: a number.
When Phil Dawson nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he accomplished two things: he clinched a hard-fought road win over a divisional opponent and booked the 49ers a trip to Green Bay to meet a familiar “friend.”