Author John L. Nunes drew from his nearly 40 years of news reporting, feature writing, and higher education public relations to pen and publish two novels: High Stakes Fantasy--An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller and DreamCatcher Games. The San Diegan’s third novel, Once Too Many, is scheduled for 2017 publication, a newspaper reporter and a university PR practitioner are center stage.

Winner of national and local awards, he has more than 1,000 bylines as a staff reporter and freelancer for the L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, North County Times, Sport Magazine, Elysian Fields Quarterly, San Diego Magazine, Associated Press, others. He's covered police, courts, politics, sports, entertainment, business, labor, government, education, technology, travel, health care—you name it. We’re talking murder, cult, robbery, con scams, bankruptcies, and political shenanigans.

Also was in-house media relations director for two major San Diego universities and one of the largest community colleges in the nation. For the colleges, worked with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, Mother Teresa, comedian Bob Hope, and actors Annette Bening, Ray Bradbury, others.

Attended, reported on the 2007 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction of Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr.

Loves watching baseball. Taken in games at eight Major League ballparks and at least 12 minor league parks. Padres season ticket holder. Obsessed with fantasy baseball and intrigued with sports gambling trends.

Obsessive compulsive writer (what writer isn't).

ATT&T Park versus Petco Park


In April 2018, my buddy Joe and I took in a day game and a night game at AT&T Ballpark, where the San Francisco Giants hosted my San Diego Padres. The Giants park is picturesque, and its promenade allows fans to walk completely around the ballpark. Lots to see. However, the bowels of AT&T left much to be desired. Dark, dingy comes to mind. Many of the concessions, while serving good food and beverages, are located in the dark, dingy areas.

Speaking of walking, a ton of fans use this mode of transportation to attend. Many fans arrive by the Muni Metro (bus) that drops fans one block from the ballpark.  Others bike, and, of course, some drive.

Giants ballpark PANORAMA

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At Petco, the vast majority drive, a few bike, and fewer walk.We were pleased to see a number of fellow San Diego Padre fans, but their numbers were paltry compared to the number of Frisco fans who represent when their Giants come to play at Petco Park, home of the Padres.

(Slugger Brandon Belt pictured to your right.)

Originally dubbed Pacific Bell, SF’s park can’t hold a candle to San Diego’s field of dreams, four years younger than AT&T. Especially from the high-tech standpoint.AT&T front area

Petco boasts a gigantic, high definition video screen above left field, and now has a very large one above right.  Absent high def, AT&T’s video board is noticeably smaller than Petco’s right field screen.

Unfortunately, Petco’s giant screen has not helped the Padres pathetic win/loss record for most years of the franchise’s existence ( Since 1969). And although the Pads tricked out, techie park makes AT&T look medieval, the Giants have a decorated, lengthy history. Giants have won eight World Series and been in 20 World Series. Includes five when the franchise was the New York Giants.

Willie Mays

The three Fall Classics won by the San Fran Giants were in 2010, 2012, and 2014. In other words, the Giants have been quite the force in this century. To make matters worse for Padre fans, the Giants won all three Series with former Padres manager Bruce Bochy. Ouch!

The Padres have only made it to a pair of World Series (1984 and 1998). First losing to the Cubs and then the Yankees.

The San Francisco Giants left blustery, foggy, multi-purpose Candlestick Park and moved across town into its brand-new PacBell baseball park 18 years ago. Arguably the second “designer” baseball-only playground to open. (Preceded by Baltimore’s designer Camden Yards.)

Bodies of water in common: While Petco is only a long block away from the harbor, AT&T abuts the bay. In fact, a handful of boat people patrol the bay just beyond center and right field seats to literally net home run baseballs that plunk into the water.

Out front of AT&T is highlighted by dramatic statues of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, and Juan Marichal.

AT&T park night

NOTE: In 1958, the New York Giants, formerly named the New York Gothams, moved to Baghdad by the Bay while the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to L.A.

Gaylord Perry

NOTE:  Originally, the Giants were known as the New York Gothams, debuting in 1883. The team team went 46-50, finishing sixth in the National League.


Once Too Many - A Bullied at Work Novel

News reporter Max Killebrew is doing time for assaulting his bully editor, landing the editor in the hospital and Max in prison. Although he did not seek parole, Max is astonished when quietly “paroled” halfway through his sentence – and virtually overnight. Remanded into the custody of philanthropist Penelope Worthington, on a crusade against bullies in the workplace. Max’s sudden freedom comes with a bizarre condition. Help another bully victim, Justin Silva, successfully sue his employer, a prestigious California university, and his supervisor. Lose, and Max goes back behind bars. Reluctantly, Max plays his part but is obsessed with his own agenda. Hunt down and murder his own bully, the man he blames for losing his freedom, career, and the love of his life. The outcome of Justin’s well-publicized trial could make or break the vote on a California ballot initiative that would criminalize workplace bullying. Before Justin jury trial is over someone will die.

High Stakes Fantasy - An Alternative Reality Sports Thriller

Everything changes for better and worse when blacklisted newsman Matt Riser is recruited by a stranger for seven figures to draft a fantasy baseball team. Matt doubts the offer's legitimacy but a hefty cash advance and season tickets behind home plate convinces him to travel to Las Vegas to meet the man seeking his alternate reality baseball expertise.


“…Thorough development of characters and enticing plot. Moved at a really good pace…Liked how humor was incorporated, which can be difficult in fiction…A very well-written novel.”
-- Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
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