First, a quartet of Pop Quiz questions that require answers: 1) From Sam Lerman of Queens: In a 1989 episode of “The Golden Girls,” Sophia (Estelle Getty) says that she can’t remember the last few days and hopes she isn’t carrying the baby of a former Dodgers player. 2) From Lerman again: Name the former Dodgers first baseman and outfielder who played a regular role in the 1977 TV show “All That Glitters.” 3) From Gary Mintz of South Huntington: In a 2005 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Richard Lewis loses a baseball that was a milestone home run hit by a Yankees great. 4) From Anthony Di Meglio of Marlton, NJ: In a 2007 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry loses a Yankees jersey at the dry cleaner.
Which former Yankee’s name was on the back of the jersey?
That’s a pretty low bar for a freebie, but who was I to question it? But then, with an earthquake raging, AT&T Park proceeds to suffer considerable damage, which will be painful for ballpark enthusiasts who recognize the Giants’ home as one of baseball’s best.
Part of the appeal lies in the story's old-fashioned feel.
The enemy here isn't an Osama bin Laden-like international terrorist but nature itself. It's not a matter of "if" but "when" the San Andreas fault will begin to rumble. Their "guilt" only stretches as far as not paying as much attention as they should have done to the warnings of Lawrence (Paul Giamatti), a Cassandra-like Caltech professor and seismologist.
by Jan Zalasiewicz, which takes an even more remote perspective, geological time, speculating about what traces alien explorers, 100 million years in the future, might find of human life in the fossil record, if they were interested in researching that tiny epoch, the Anthropocene, in which Homo sapiens appeared, followed shortly by global warming and a mass extinction event.
But actually I just like seeing skyscrapers, which I loathe, smashed to bits. It’s a superbly straight-up disaster movie, one in which nobody is to blame — no aliens, no stubborn town-mayor or bone-headed President — but the Earth itself moves and pretty much takes out the whole of California, not just LA but most extensively San Francisco, which I’ve always had my doubts about.