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10/17 25th anniversary

I was in the second row of the football press box at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989, and had just set a cup of coffee down next to my computer when the floor started to rise and fall. My coffee cup bounced off the table top. Then the rolling motion stopped. A Chicago sportswriter, Dave van Dyke, who was in the front row, yelled, “Earthquake.” A magnitude 6.9 quake had struck minutes before the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and Athletics.

We packed up our gear, and connected with other Chicago writers, who were stationed in the auxiliary box in the stands. They saw the front glass of the football press box bending in and out. Someone found a live phone line in another aux box and we took turns dictating updates from under a table. We shared a ride with a Boston writer, the late Larry Whiteside, to downtown San Francisco. It was eerie. All of the clocks had stopped at 5:04 p.m., the time the quake hit.

We found a pay phone that worked in the lobby of a hotel, and dictated copy, then made our way to our hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel offered flashlights and candles, and had a strange array of food available, most of them desserts. With the electricity out, they didn’t want to waste anything.

The next day, we toured the Marina area and saw the devastation. At first, I took pictures. Then I stopped. It was too sad. But all the people we met seemed to be handling their losses well. They were alive, and that’s what mattered.

On my home office wall, I have a photo that was taken a couple hours before the quake hit. It’s of me and my husband-to-be on the field at Candlestick, and the video board behind us says, “Welcome to Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.” Baseball eventually resumed. But every time I return to San Francisco and pass Candlestick, I’m reminded of that day. It was 25 years ago today that the earthquake hit, and in November, we’ll celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. If we could survive a quake, we could survive anything.

– Carrie Muskat

10/17 Giants vs. Royals

After two thrilling Championship Series, the field for the World Series is set. The Giants, who beat the Cardinals 6-3 on a walk-off home run by Travis Ishikawa on Thursday, will represent the NL; the red-hot Royals, who haven’t lost a game this postseason, won the AL pennant.

Game 1 of the best of seven series is Tuesday in Kansas City. Who do you like and why?

11/30 The ring's the thing but …

Finishing in second did pay off for the Cubs. Major League Baseball announced Monday the Cubs’ share of the players’ postseason pool totaled $590,731.16, with each full share valued at $8,261.97. The Cubs, who finished second in the NL Central, awarded 58 full shares and 13.5 partial shares.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who won the Central, had a players’ pool of $1,772,193.48 to draw from, and the value of each full share was $29,446.60.

The World Champion New York Yankees’ share of the players pool was $21,266,321.79, and the value of each share was a record $365,052.73.

The players’ pool is formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship series and the World Series. The total was divided among 12 clubs: The World Series participants, the LCS and DS runners up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.

The Angels, the ALCS runners-up, awarded a full share to the estate of pitcher Nick Adenhart.

– Carrie Muskat

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