It turns out we hardly knew Barry Zito. We had him pegged as an overpriced failure, a vanity purchase that was intended to move the Giants beyond the specter of Barry Bonds but had veered close to being a franchise wrecker.
Somewhere in baseball heaven, Roberto Clemente is smiling.
It's hard to notice with the possible departure of the Kings dominating the news, but Sacramento has a healthy dose of civic momentum going after years of dismal recession.
One way or another, this Kings saga can't end soon enough for the good of the Sacramento region.
Her name is Tina Ford, but the formerly homeless woman with almost no memory of her past life isn't completely sure how she came by it.
According to Slate magazine, there have been nearly 2,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. since 20 children and seven adults were massacred in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
Giovanni Peri, an Italian-born economist at UC Davis, is quickly becoming one of the most important voices in America's immigration debate.
This isn't a "not in my backyard" story.
My father-in-law used to love Chinese New Year, which is being marked today by 1.5 billion people from Sacramento to Shanghai.
If you're not a humble parent, you will be at some point in a way that your hubris would never imagine. You're going to have your feelings shanked with the tenderness of a serrated blade on a vital organ.
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned today I will skip Mass to pray at the altar of a 55-inch TV screen.
As President Barack Obama gave the most important speech on immigration reform in years on Tuesday, it became clear that his greatest foe is not the Republican Party on this terribly divisive issue.
What is it going to take to revive the death penalty in California and to begin exacting punishment on those who deserve the ultimate sentence?
Rarely have so many known so little about something so important and yet so absurd.
Get your popcorn ready. The stage is set. If not for Kevin Johnson, the Kings would have been gone already. But he was born for this fight.
Whether the Kings ultimately move or stay, it's time that Sacramento embraces an undeniable truth: None of the turmoil surrounding the team is the fault of this community.
It's not easy being a Catholic and a lover of major league baseball, two institutions that have lifted me up as they've fallen from grace.
Sean Merold's most treasured gift this Christmas wasn't that he is a valued member of a Sacramento firm that closed a $600 million real estate deal last week the largest in California this year.