SAN FRANCISCO - The 49ers were trailing deep into the fourth quarter en route to another frustrating loss at Candlestick Park. Fans were restless.
Just then, 57-year-old Stacy Samuels of Fairfax walked down an aisle, carrying a banjo, a smile and a tune. He sported a scraggly beard and ponytail, a multicolored beanie cap and a sweat-soaked gold Super Niner shirt beneath a red cape. This was the only super hero 49ers' fans had seen all day. He started pickin' and they started grinnin'.
Casey and Chris Chavez were watching the A's-Red Sox Division Series last October from afar, miles apart, when they arrived at the same disturbing conclusion:
Reality television is an abomination. The TV screen didn't lie--their brother, Eric Chavez, definitely wasn't the picture of confidence. Oakland's standout third baseman wasn't himself. He was struggling mightily at the plate in the playoffs and appeared out of sorts.
He needed help.
They made a call for a family intervention.