January 02, 2005|
Great article by
Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press on Andrea
Mallis, an astrologer who invaded baseballís winter meetings
to peddle her unique skills to free agent seekers:
Grabbing a seat in the media work room,
Mallis lowers her books onto a table where reporters hunch
over laptops cranking out news of the latest multimillion
"I can smell the testosterone in here," she
And I notice the patchouli oil that wafts in
"How are you?" she says, extending a
"You tell me," I respond, and soon enough
Mallis had the date, time and location of my birth for a
personal chart. A Sagittarius, I am optimistic and
happy-go-lucky "with a revolutionary spirit."
"You can be a bit of a workaholic," she
says, running her fingers through a dog-eared book of
It's like she's known me all my
Mallis grew up in New York and moved to
California in 1983. Six years later, she set up shop in
Berkeley as a certified astrologer.
"I hate to be a walking cliche, but I'm
afraid I might be," she concedes.
A baseball fan since the Mets went to the
1973 World Series, she didn't turn to sports astrology until
2001 after going to an Oakland Athletics game and seeing a
program feature about Barry Zito's interest in yoga and
"I was out of baseball for a while," she
explains. "I kind of went in cycles."
Now she is back, offering her planetary
prognostications on ESPN and the A's radio post-game show
and for the game programs of half the teams in the major
Like any baseball analyst, some of Mallis'
insights are more of a hit than others.
She warns that Nomar Garciaparra -- a Leo
full of pride -- is injury prone, but no one in Boston needs
to be reminded of that. Randy Johnson has a "terrible
transit of his Saturn to his Mars" and thus a "high risk of
injury to bones, knees, teeth and joints, back"; he's 41,
but showing no need for Fosamax.
She expected big things for Jeremy Giambi --
that's Jeremy, not Jason -- in 2003, a year that he spent in
disrepair and disuse before missing the '04 season and
getting caught up in a steroid scandal. She misspelled
"Carleton" Fisk on her Web site.
But Mallis has had her successes as