Do you have 15 minutes? Watch as Rece Davis sits down with Kevin Ware, who gave an emotional interview this morning. He felt no pain believe it or not. He also talks about how fantastic Rick Pitino has been through the whole process.
Who wants to watch another non-effort, non-hitting Pro Bowl this year? Uh...no one! I think this year will be different, thanks in part to Roger Goddell's threats and Peyton Manning's instruction. For more, listen below.
As a lifelong 49ers fan, I eat and breathe this team. Alex Smith after the playoff run last year was everybody’s guy including mine. Everybody fell over themselves after that Bears win when Kaepernick took over for Smith, as did I. However, I wasn’t completely onboard with a permanent QB change-until now.
Before, I appreciated the tools Kaepernick displayed. He showed off the running/scrambling ability, the arm, and the gun down the field. He threaded the needle on passes, and he had enough zip on the ball to take that chance where Smith hadn’t. BUT, he still has his problems changing the plays at the line of scrimmage, the brutal lateral, the mishandling under center. Is this guy PLAYOFF ready? That was the main concern. Could he win the big game, despite all of the elements? Last night, he did. Cold, rain, Brady, Patriots heavily favored with them coming back to miraculously tie, he did it. Despite the growing pains, he’s not going to lose the game for you, and he, as many have said, he never gets rattled. We watched Brady spike the ball when a timeout was given to the 49ers defense. Kaepernick is cool under any setting, no matter the circumstance. That’s what I needed to see last night to make sure that this guy can go all the way.
I just can't see this Tim Tebow move being a good one for the New York Jets. Unless, it puts Mark Sanchez into a better zone and he feels the heat of competition now. If Sanchez benefits by developing his game because he has a popular #2 waiting, then it could help. What happens though when Sanchez throws a couple of pics in a game in New York? The fans got Tebow to play in Denver. You don't think that would happen in New York?
I'd love to see them bench Sanchez, start Tebow, and Tim be unreal. That would be a great storyline for us NFL fans.
Maybe you've been listening to Mike and Mike and their wager? As part of their brackets for the NCAA Tourney or what they call their Sheets of Integrity wager, who ever loses has to dance on the air/TV with Dancing With the Stars attire. Oh, and one of the dancers from the show will come in and assist.
Sometimes when teams say they are trying to keep the band together, that's what they say publically andf then everyone leaves.
The 49ers seem to mean business, even though they have only signed two players so far. First C.J. Spillman and now Ahmad Brooks.
Brooks was one of the key players on defense last year, racking up 7 sacks and 50 tackles. It looks like he will get a 5 year/$35 million deal. It will be interesting to see if the team franchises Carlos Rogers, and keeps Donte Whitner.
You know what would be the best thing to happen for the NBA since Jeremy Lin's debut? Jeremy Lin beating the Miami Heat at the buzzer tonight in Miami. The Heat play him close all night. He limits his turnovers. Carmelo Anthony doesn't disrupt the flow, and the Knicks, with a victory add to the subplots in the NBA, and become Eastern conference contenders. Then the Lakers trade for Deron Williams after the game. One can dream right. In the video above, Bruce Bowen talks about the matchup.
The San Francisco Giantstweeted that they have invited pitcher Ramon Ortiz to Spring Training this year. He hasn't done a whole heck of a lot in his career. His best year came when the Giants faced him when he was with the Angels in the 2002 World Series, when he went 15-9. The good news is that he isn't afraid to throw a pitch in any count, and he can still throw some heat. The bad-he can't throw to left handed pitching and he gives up too may home runs. Maybe like a Javier Lopez specialty bullpen guy going after right handers only?
Jeremy Lin, who has been one of the more fun stories of the last couple of weeks, doesn't actually have a place to live in New York. The Knicks guard, who has averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 assists and two steals the last couple of games is staying with his brother where he "has his own couch" for several months! I'm sure many fantasy owners and New Yorkers agree that he should stay there, don't break what doesn't need fixing, and if there's a dumpster available, maybe he should sleep in that. Maybe he could go for 40 a game...which makes me wonder, what if LeBron James were staying on a couch?
Alright, I guess Lin may be finding a place soon. He didn't have a guaranteed contract with the Knicks, which may explain why he's been unreal. It's good to see the former Golden State Warrior fan favorite doing well. Now, Lin's deal is in place for $800,000. Maybe that will get him two couches in New York.
Ok, come on. Somebody wake up Kevin Durant, pour a bucket of water down on him ala Flashdance, and tell him Blake Griffin's dunk WAS awesome. he's in sheer denial, because it was against his team, the almighty Oklahoma City Thunder. He says, "I have no appreciation for it at all. It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw, so it was three points at the end of the day." Really? Even LeBron James after making dunk of the year the night before was man enough about Blake earning the title on Twitter.
Some might say Durant is a great teammate. I think he's getting more and more cranky the longer he's in the NBA. Have some fun why don't you?
Does it wreak of spin when Kyle Williams father, Kenny comes out to the press to tell them Kyle had an injured shoulder? Even if that were true, using it as an excuse for the two fumbles really seems like no one wants to take responsibility, or at least the Dad doesn't.
At this point in the season, everybody is playing hurt, besides what does a hurt shoulder have to do with a ball bouncing off your knee? Or, diving for a ball you barely held on to? Or, not protecting the ball, waiving it from side to side on the last run back. I think, even Kyle himself wouldn't blame it on the injury. A father protecting his kid I guess.
UPDATE: Kyle Williams Dad had this quote, despite blaming it on his shoulder. "That information he has not said anything about publicly and will not because he felt strongly that he could get the job done. There are no excuses; we don't do that. I don't want that misconstrued."
Joe Montana's vacation house that is in the Calistoga Wine Country is for sale to the discounted tune of $35 million. I guess now that they kids are out, you might as well downsize? The pictures of course are amazing. It's 9700 square feet but surprisingly only 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. However, it has many nice features like a guest house, caretakers unit, pool and spa, private pond, basketball court, a bocce ball court even, skeet shooting range,an olive farm,and professional grade equestrian stable. Take a look at the pics.It's sure to disgust you
If you're looking for a cutsy 49ers/Giants contest on Sunday, think again. Both sides think it's going to get physical. Just ask defensive lineman Chris Canty. He thinks it could get real ugly, especially in the rain.
Hue Jackson is out as Oakland Raiders coach according to ESPN. Jackson said that new GM Reggie McKenzie said he wanted to bring in his own guys and start from scratch. Those guys could be Packers asstistant head coach Winston Moss and Packers secondary coach Darren Perry. We're not sure if some of Jackson's dealings with players led to his dismissal. The Raiders press conference is still set for 2pm today.
T.O. tweets to former Buffalo teammate Donte Whitner that he wants to "take 'em deep" in a 49ers uniform. Whitner replies "I'm ready to vouch for you and let them know how great of a teammate you were in Buffalo." I want to know what Ryan Fitzpatrick thinks of T.O. Would he vouch for him?
The 49ers can't and won't do this and for good reason. The list is long, but let's point out a couple of the most obvious things. Alex Smith despite his lack of an arm and consistent passing ability, plus injuries is a Pro Bowl calaber quarterback. Jim Harbaugh has been building him up every week. All it takes is one of T.O.'s meltdowns to have all of that destroyed. All you need is bad locker room chemistry taking over, with all of the focus from the press on that issue, during a playoff run.
Let's also not forget that no general manager in football showed up for T.O.'s scrimmage a few months back. An aging veteran with knee issues is certainly not something to experiment with at this juncture either. I would take a guy who's hungry that knows the playbook and has worked with Alex Smith before in a guy like Joe Hastings any day of the week, over Owens.
What would you rather see? Hank Williams Jr's Monday Night Football opening, or Joe Montana saluting the past and mixing it with the present?
Joe Montana recorded this last week in a downtown San Francisco hotel. It's less than a minute, but I like the way MNF has given these opens a new relevance again. Plus, it's always good to see Montana again. If you got home late from work and didn't catch it, check it out.
Jim Harbaugh when pressed at his press conference today, admitted 49ers running back Frank Gore is not 100%. That's after saying a couple of questions prior that he had no idea why Gore ran the ball only 10 times against Arizona.
So if Gore is still having problems with his ankle and knee, how come he looks so good and Braylon Edwards doesn't? I know the 49ers are trying to add something to think about in the film room and adding Alex Smith's arm to the mix, plus with Gore's problems you almost have to. Too bad that's not working. The 49ers are going to have to go to the shotgun more, and add in more three step drop passes to the mix in the coming weeks.
There are a lot of rumors being tossed around at baseball’s winter meetings and the San Francisco Giants in particular. The most hilarious thing I’ve heard yet from our very own Buster Olney- “NL official says Cody Ross is looking for a 3-year deal.” That’s hysterical…unless they don’t have to pay him for those three months he takes off. Oh, and 3 million a year. Don’t get me started on the Ryan Ludwick rumors. One of the more interesting rumors though involves Japanese player Hiroyuki Nakajima. Now, depending on who you talk to, the Giants either have or have not put in a bid for his services. BUT look at the numbers. At 29, Nakajima could fill your hole at SS…and hey, anything under a 38 year old five years past their prime is good for me. Last season, Nakajima had a .297 average with 16 home runs, 100 RBI and 21 stolen bases. He also has a resume which includes the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Baseball Classic. He also has two gold gloves at SS. I know the ladies like Stamos, but if you’ve got somebody that can hit and field, let’s go there for awhile.
Alright Raider fans...here's your latest update for Sunday for the Denver Broncos game. First of all, Â you have to wonder about the health of Darren McFadden. He could be ready to go, but I think they're going to preserve him for next Thursday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Why not? You have Michael Bush ready to go. Kevin Boss and Marcel Reece look like they're good to go on Sunday but Will Sebastian Janikowski or Rolando McClain be available? It also looks like Sunday's game is pretty close to selling out. That would be four home games in a row, which hasn't happened since 2008.
It will be interesting to see how much Carson Palmer has improved over the bye and whatÂ T.J. Houshmandzadeh looks like too.
Brian Wilson is everywhere, even wearing Hammer pants. M.C. Hammer is in the video with Giants contributor Ashkon trying to re-elect Ed Lee on November 8th.
The Weezy bit on all of the "Lee's" he likes is pretty fun.
Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been fined by the NFL for $10,000. Why is he fined that much? It's not for a punishing hit on a receiver coming over the middle. It's because he called this wifey during a game. I guess the grocery list just can't wait right? OK...that wasn't the reason. Troy Polamalu just wanted to let his wife know his hair was OK...that HE was OK on a play. She can't figure that out by watching the game?
Patrick Willis' life was nicely documented the other night on the ESPN show E:60. In case you missed it, it's about 13 minutes long. It covers his terrible childhood and his dealings with his father. It also covers a second life with a foster family.
If you haven't heard I think this Matt Barnes charity game he's trying to put on is genius. He's setting up a matchup between the 2007 "We Believe" team and the current Warriors roster. Talk about fun to watch. Why can't the Kings do this with the "White Chocolates" against the current players? If this NBA strike is going to cause ill will between the fans and the owners and players, these charity games may soften the blow. I know a few players have done pickup games. That's just not enough, especially if anymore games are lost.
Al Davis hinted over the last few years that he might look at a General Manager for the Oakland Raiders. For some reason, it didn't materialize. Many names are coming out as rumored possibilities including Bill Parcells, John Madden, Jon Gruden and Tom Flores. Could it be a less sexier name that no one is considering? The two John's (Jon's) in this scenario are obviously the most intriguing on paper, especially with their past history. Then again, would a 75 year old John Madden be a good choice? Does he want to deal with this day's players and agents? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is being sued to the tune of $200,000 dollars. He or his friends trashed his Mission District apartment, and the odd things about it is, his lease was over.
Was he mistreated and did this? Did somebody else vandalize the place and he's getting the blame, or is this legit? If The Machine showed up, then anything is bound to happen.
Lincecum's agent denies everything, and Timmy hasn't made a comment either.
Today's Jim Harbaugh press conference was an entertaining one, where he was funny and also took a look back at his childhood. It's interesting what winning can do to coaches.
Also, Harbaugh revealed how he gave up his seat in first class and gave it to center Jonathan Goodwin.
Watch the entire Q&A here.
For the first time since 2008, the Oakland Raiders have sold out two consecutive games. One of those games was against the Tom Brady-less Patriots. Now Brady returns healthy, and carving up the league. Of course, he is a Bay Area native, so this might be extra special to win. Not to mention his team collapsed against Buffalo last week, so he's going to be extra focused this week. Good news for Raiders fans. Darren McFadden is showing no lingering effects from groin tightness.
If you're an Oakland A's fan, are you happy that the A's could start out sluggish after a trip to Japan? I know it's nice to get exposure, but not when you have a lot of work to do. The other concern is whether Hideki Matsui will even be on the roster. In fact, many players might be out including Josh Willingham and Coco Crisp.
Look for it against Seattle at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29th.
Andy Reid says if Vick's hand isn't getting any better, Vick wouldn't start this Sunday against the 49ers. Mike Vick on the other hand said even though walk through was painful, he is 100% sure he will start.
They went from hearing Bryan Stow whisper "I Love You" to his kids a couple of weeks ago, to taking his first walk outside in over 6 months. It's truly an amazing story of recovery that deserves it's own day next year at AT&T Park.
Stow was said to look directly at the sun and say "it's magical." It sounds like he still speaking in small thoughts, rather than full conversations, but his memory is sharp, and his sense of humor is intact.
The Oakland Raiders have sold out their game against the New York Jets this Sunday. Hey, believe me this is a marquee moment for several buddies of mine. Home games are a mad scramble to figure out what buddy lives outside the 75 mile radius, who has NFL Redzone, or what sports bar they are going to go to. Being able to actually sit in their own home and watch a Raiders game has happened only twice in their last 16 home games. For a Raiders fan this is like being told your TV works to watch the Super Bowl.
It's obviously not good news for the San Francisco 49ers to lose WR Braylon Edwards. Arguably the best wide-out on the team, this won't help the already lack luster offense. The only good news is that Michael Crabtree might be back this week. Beyond that, there's no timetable for Edwards return.
How do you make the 49ers new stadium happen? You move to clear all obstacles in your way. The most obvious one-Great America. The 49ers brass are said to be involved in a deal that would make it there own, to the tune of $70 million.
My only question-will the players participate in the spinning plates on a unicycle 60 feet in the air. I could see offensive lineman at the bottom, and you work your way up to Andy Lee. It could happen...in the off-season.
Ted Ginn is a trooper. He decided that he would cut his pay from $2.2 to $1 million to stay with the 49ers. Part of that logic was nobody knew he would even be a factor as a wideout until recently. You can't pay a return guy a boatload of money, unless they play in Chicago and are named Devin Hester (4-years 40 million...yes, Devin is also a receiver now though).
Also, when Braylon Edwards is getting $2 million, there's no way Ginn is worth more. Good move by both parties.
Terrell Owens can't find a job, thanks to age, injury and his mouth. Well boo hoo. Actually T.O. did "boo-hoo", and he wasn't even thinking about Tony Romo ("That's my quarterback" *sob).
He broke down because he has a mortgage and child support with no income. Welcome to America T.O. How nice of you to finally show up. Sorry if I don't sympathize with a guy worth a trillion dollars, who's a total ass. I bet he's got a friend in Donovan McNabb...oh wait. I meant Jeff Garcia...oh wait. I meant Jerry Rice..oh wait. (Repeat with all of the NFL, including coaches).
If you ask anybody in management for the Giants about the future of Barry Zito, they all say the same thing. Something to the effect of "I have no idea." In the case of Bruce "Slingblade" Bochy insert a grumble at the beginning of that quote and a "mmmm hmmm" at the end.
Basically, Zito is owed a truckload of money and simply letting him go would be extremely expensive. $19 million next season, $20 million in 2013, and a $7 million buyout in 2014. That's $46 million to make him go away. However, if he's not going to be healthy, or when he is he's non productive, it's something that the Giants have to consider.
Well, you could argue that the Giants should have had the guts to do this weeks ago, but they finally made a major statement. You can't keep trotting out excuses, you need to make a bold move(s) and they certainly did that. Miguel Tejada is gone and so is Aaron Rowand. Two guys who are overpaid underachievers. Upset about playing time, and their roles, perhaps they needed to be axed first. It gives a guy like Brett Pill with solid power numbers a chance to shine. Also, activate Pat Burrell from the DL, and things now look a little more interesting. If this doesn't shake a clubhouse to it's core, nothing will. Let's see if they have a pulse tonight.
Billy Crystal was down in Fresno over the weekend on the hottest day of the year. Of course the Giants Triple-A farm club the Fresno Grizzlies play there. He's doing a movie about Grizzlies broadcaster Artie Decker. Bette Midler is also said to be in the movie. Take a look.
This is the kind of news that the Golden State Warriors franchise doesn't need-new coach Mark Jackson has ties to an alleged drug kingpin. I never thought I'd say this, but Nellie is actually starting to look good again. If you're the new ownership group, trying to set the tone for a new era for the franchise, boy, this is setting it alright. Maybe guru Jerry West will polish it up all sparkly clean.
Warren Braithwaite is the guy in question. He has been accused of being the kingpin of a massive marijuana distribution chain that brought drugs in from Mexico into Arizona to turn into a bigger operation. Do you think the Warriors are saying, "BUT if he could rebound!"
Braithwaite is in jail, while he waits for a trial date. Still no word from Mark Jackson, although we do know this friend of his was with him at the press conference announcing he was leaving broadcasting. 4 days later he was arrested. Radar Online has more about the relationship.
Does the team with the best bullpen in baseball really need Heath Bell from the Padres. Well apparently, as the Giants have claimed him off waivers. Although Arizona GM Kevin Towers was rumored to also be going after Bell. So was it a move to block the D-backs, or is Brian Wilson just that hurt? Let's see if both teams can agree on a trade first.
I give credit to Jim Harbaugh. He's playing the press perfectly in this Frank Gore contract talk. Singletary would've said "Frank Gore's contact? I have to go look at the film." Harbaugh says it's "water cooler talk" and he doesn't see any ill will from Gore in camp. Perfect.
So is it smart for the 49ers to give Gore a lifetime contact as Trent Baalke says? Is a running back who's 29 that hasn't played a full season in six years worth DeAngelo Williams money? (five years, $43 million, $21 million guaranteed). I'm thinking "no" unless it's half loaded in incentives, like his current contract. Maybe 2-3 years would be reasonable with a nice signing bonus?
Yes, that was Jed York this morning trying to dig himself out of the fan violence at the 49ers/Raiders game Saturday night. He did say the right things about hiring more security, but there's one thing he said has been getting some play. He thinks that expanding the NFL Season to 18 games would actually decrease violence. How do you add games and actually not have more of anything? His logic-The season ticket holders aren't in attendance at preseason games, and if you lower that schedule to two, and give those to the regular season, you would have a more stable group of people in the stands. Basically, he's saying people that have shelled out a fortune aren't going to ruin it for themselves, and be out all of that cash because they punched someone in the face. Do you honestly think that suddenly it's going to be a peaceful mecca at Candlestick because there's season ticket holders around? Unless it's all season ticket holders in attendance-which isn't the case, there's no way you can convince anyone with a brain that a Raiders/49ers matchup at any point in the season or out, wouldn't result in some kind of violence. However, it would just be at a moreÂ controlledÂ degree. You wouldn't have the guy that's getting beaten in the bathroom being ignored because all units were out of the stadium dealing with the violence in the parking lot. As overreactions come pouring in to Jed's simple quote of greed, if you really dig down deeper into the story it makes a lot more sense.
It looks like one move is already being made-no more 49ers/RaidersÂ preseasonÂ match-ups.
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy gave an interview on the MLB Network yesterday, and the recent struggles are covered. Questions about last years championship run, what has changed for Bochy, as well as a relationship with SNL's Darryl Hammond? Who knew they were friends? Also we learn of a Bochy dance. No, he doesn't perform, thankfully. Watch it here.
Who's going to pay for the nearly $400 million Kings Entertainment and Sports Complex? How much will be coming from the Maloofs, and public and private sectors will finally be revealed on September 8th.
Then look for a more detailed report September 13th that will be sent to the City Council.
Maybe Giants catcher Eli Whiteside will think to extend both arms when sliding headfirst next time. Perhaps, he'll never slide headfirst again.
If you missed it, last night he bit it hard going into second base. His teammates playfully ribbed him too after the game. Bruce Bochy said "He came up with a new slide..."He looked like Rocky." Take a look.
Sunday was a good day not only for the Giants, but also for Buster Posey, who celebrated the birth of twins with his wife Kristin.
Lee Dempsey Posey was born just a couple minutes before Addison Lynn Posey on Sunday. Everyone is said to be doing well.
If you're the Oakland A's do you try to rid yourself of one of the hottest players in baseball? If he's 37 and a free agent after the year, and your team is going nowhere, then the answer is yes.
Hideki Matsui has cleared waivers, so it looks like the A's may look for a trade. Will anybody be buying?
Phil Garner, who started his baseball career as a player for the Oakland A's, has now been hired as a special assistant. He will be in uniform tonight and be a part of the team for several games this season. He also managed for 16 years, and many on twitter have wondered whether this is a backup plan for Bob Melvin. Kind of like how the Raiders hired Hue Jackson behind Tom Cable. Stay tuned.
One time hot San Francisco Giants prospect Angel Villalona is now suing the Giants to the tune of $5 million. You might remember the reason the Giants parted ways with the prospect-he was charged with murder in 2009. Villalona ended up being cleared, and he wants damages plus a chance to play in the organization again.
That's not going to happen on a lot of levels, namely suing the company you want to employ you. Plus the "lack of evidence" thing is a little scary.
The Giants had their highest rated Inside the Clubhouse show here recently. It's a deeper look into Bruce Bochy selecting his All-Star team. It also takes a look on how the Giants draft and develop players.
Jerry Rice will join the ESPN staff, which will be a welcome addition on September 15th. His candor is sharp and he will go after athletes I think. Some guys, especially coaches looking for a future gig won't do that. We don't have to worry about that with Rice.
Look for him to participate on NFL Live, SportsCenter and ESPN's Audibles show. We hear he will team up with his former touchdown connection Steve Young in some fashion, which should be fun for 49ers fans.
Who would have thought that the San Francisco Giants would have walked away unscathed in the punishments for the Phillies/Giants brawl? Not I, that's for sure. Quite frankly Shane Victorino probably got off at just three games. He instigated the fight, shoved an umpire and beat up a coach. That's three games? If he shot someone, would that be three and a half?
From the San Francisco Giants side, they also got off. Having Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside get fined only, you could argue was an escape. How about all of those replays of Pablo Sandoval throwing and landing a punch and not getting anything? Is that World Series champions respect? Is that Joe Torre's influence in the league office? Either way, Giants fans will take it.
Who thought this was going to happen? After tweeting several times about his demise, Dashon Goldson is now a 49er again. So, what made this happen? Well number one, the injury to Reggie Smith could have made it more urgent. I think it's safe to say that the 49ers secondary is in pretty solid shape with Goldson, Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers.
The 49ers come out ahead in this deal, however. Instead of signing Goldson to a long term 5 year deal that Goldson rejected, the 49ers get him at a steal. 1 year, 2 million dollars.
One bone of contention between Mike Singletary and 49ers GM Trent Baalke last year was drafting Taylor Mays. This was a Singletary pick all the way. Baalke was said to not want him. You have to wonder, if Pete Carroll, who coached Mays in college passed, why didn't the 49ers?
So, do the 49ers have a buyer where Singletary is now coaching in Minnesota? What would you get for an underachieving rookie? We shall see how this one plays out.
Things are starting to take shape for the San Francisco 49ers. Just a couple of days ago, it was full on panic mode. Now, with solid signings of Carlos Rogers and former Saints center Jonathan Goodwin, people are starting to believe there may be a plan here after all. Also, rumors of Braylon Edwards and others is exciting the fan base.
The deal for Goodwin is for 3 years with a max of $11 million.
San Francisco Giants 2nd baseman Freddy Sanchez, who has been trying to rehab at his home in Arizona, is expected to go under the knife soon. GM Brian Sabean didn't mince his words saying that Sanchez is “behind the eight-ball with each passing day.” You could probably bet with Jeff Keppinger and Orlando Cabrera added, the Giants would rather have Freddy get ready for next season.
The non moves continue for the49ers who picked up former Minnesota Vikings safety Madieu Williams today. All I can tell you is the Vikings were sick of him after two miserable seasons. Basically, he likes to give up the long ball for a touchdown. In other words, he's a cheap Nate Clements. I guess it's an easier pill to swallow if he's only making a few million a year? Good run defense though. Yikes.
So 49ers fans, how are you feeling? Michael Crabtree out with serious foot issues, Frank Gore's a holdout, there's virtually no secondary, David Baas is gone, etc. Your big splash is that you've signed a much injured kicker, and now it looks like you can waive goodbye to Nnamdi Asomugha. The Jets and Dallas are said to be the major players left.
The plot thickens for the San Francisco Giants. Who will be there starter on Sunday? We know it won't be Jonathan Sanchez who was in and out the whole game in Fresno according to pitching coach Dave Righetti. Barry Zito is likely not to start thanks to him giving up 14 runs in two outings. Could the Giants ask left hander Eric Surkamp to come up?Read more
This morning San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean had a conference call with reporters. He discussed Carlos Beltran and why they felt comfortable trading away a top prospect in Zach Wheeler. Also, are the Giants done in the trade market, or wil they still pursue a catcher and/or a shortstop.
Read the transcript.
The question all along has been, what would the San Francisco Giants be willing to part with to get Carlos Beltran. It looks like highly touted pitching prospect Zach Wheeler is one of those people, alongside center fielder Gary Brown.
How much the Mets are willing to cover in Beltran's contract is also an issue. Obviously, how this plays out for Andres Torres, Cody Ross, Nate Schierholtz remains to be seen too. Beltran started his career in center, but has now been playing right field.
Jed York sat down for a conference call earlier today with reporters, and everything is covered. From sharing a stadium with the Raiders-which seems like it's a possibility-to free agents. It does look like the 49ers will be signing people, the question is who? York seems to think retaining 49er players is the key, rather than spending a boat load of money on other talent.
Read the highlights here.
Everybody has been talking about the San Francisco Giants visit to the White House today, and rightfully so. I think Brian Wilson's wardrobe has taken more interest than anything. He says he will tone it down, as they were instructed on how to dress in a memo.
You can stream the visit below today at 1pm. (7/25)
Free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes says the players felt disrespected when the owners voted on a new CBA. Plus, Spikes says no amount of pressure will get the players to approve an unfair deal.
Hear the interview here.
Did you see the Giants kid that missed a foul ball last night? Subtlety isn't his strong point. He was furious with his arms crossed. Well, Kruk and Kuip had a little fun with it, and then ended up giving him a ball later in the broadcast.
Watch how it all went down.
The guy known as the Batting Stance Guy, who perfectly impersonates players at the plate, is now making fun of several San Francisco Giants players.
He is promoting the Showtime documentary called The Franchise. He takes on Brian Wilson, Cody Ross, Andres Torres, Pat the Bat, Buster Posey and many others. Torres and Posey are highlights.
I'm sure there will be some that don't like this Kings trade, but I'm not one of them. In case you haven't heard, Omri Casspi and a #1 pick are gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson. Hickson replaced the injured Anderson Varejao last year, and proceeded to dominate. He wrapped up the last month of the season averaging 19 points and 12 boards a game. His one knock is for a center, he could block some more shots. Plus, will he get the ball as much as he did in Cleveland? Probably not. However, if the Kings can find a way to get him involved with some garbage points under the basket, he could be a force down low. I would expect him to start for the Kings.
There's a nice article on Mark Jackson, the former player/broadcaster and now Golden State Warriors coach in the New York Times. My first impression? He has fans in his players from his TV work. When Klay Thompson is talking about what chemistry Jeff Van Gundy and Jackson had or "hand down, man down," I'm thinking he's going to be coachable. Let's see if the rest of the team will follow suit.
The next preview of Showtime's look at the San Francisco Giants called The Franchise has arrived. It features Giants closer Brian Wilson discussing a new catch phrase that he hopes will catch on. Yeah, good luck with that. The Franchise premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
It turns out Pablo Sandoval wasn't bluffing last night when he told reporters his quad injury was fine, while smiling. Last night, he said it was a precaution, and he didn't want to be on the disabled list again. It looks like he will play in tomorrows double header against the Chicago Cubs.
It's good to hear that Brian Stow, the beaten Giants fans condition is improving. Doctors have weened him off of two out of five medications he can follow certain commands and has now been upgraded from critical to serious. He is also now breathingwithout a ventilator.
It's nice to see Patrick Willis make #23 on NFL Network's list of the Top 100 Players of 2011. You mean, Alex Smith didn't make the list? No sorry, but I'm sure Jim Harbaugh would have already put him in the Top 5.
Is Ray Lewis better than Willis? The experts think so. Even Willis was less than thrilled in this tweet-
"number 23 hmmm. Its doesn't matter where I start its where I finish that matters most to me. In time my friends. " I have to Keep grinding"
If this motivates Willis to destroy his opponent even more, then it's a great ranking, and I wish they would have put him 55th. By the way, Running back Frank Gore was ranked No. 94. Tight end Vernon Davis came in at No. 88
If you were watching last nights Giants game in Arizona, you witnessed a bizarre sequence. Melvin Mora threw a baseball on top of the dugout, towards a woman. This guy comes racing in, diving after it, and clawing with her. He ends up winning the battle.
If you missed it take a look with fine commenting from Jon Miller and Mike Krukow.
There were a couple of guys who's accents were so strong, that you could barely understand them. At least we could read what they were saying, as the Dallas Mavericks did David Letterman's Top 10 list.
If you're a Golden State Warriors fan, does it excite you to hear that they aren't going to make a big splash in the trade market? According to an interview with Warriors GM Larry Riley in SI, he expects the team to stay the same, with a couple of additions via free agency. No monster deals. With Mark Jackson's point guard expertise, the Monta Ellis, Step Curry marriage could work. Get a bigger 2 off the bench and you might be in good shape, ala the Dallas Mavericks.
Holding on to Biedrins though might be a mistake. He hasn't been solid in three seasons? Of course, would anybody want him? Riley said Biedrins sounds more amped over the phone than he's heard in years. Hopefully Mark Jackson's enthusiasm will change the culture in Golden State.
Who surprised to learn that parents don't want Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds' trainer teaching their kids baseball? Anybody? You mean they don't want their kids on The Cream?!
Well, that's what happened in the Bay Area. One of the parents complained to the league about his involvement, and out he went. Oddly enough, this is the first year that that has happened. Did the parents not see the umpteen jail sentences for not testifying against Bonds?
The debate rages on. Should Pablo Sandoval become the Giants everyday catcher when he returns tomorrow? I'm not sure everyday is a good idea, although I think a spot start or two a week would be better. The one guy he should be catching is Tim Lincecum. The Freak won't admit this, but the ERA tells the story. With Eli Whiteside catching, Lincecum's ERA for his career is around 5. It's half that for Bengie Molina and Buster Posey. Lately though Lincecum's ERA with Whiteside is close to 8! Not to mention, Whiteside isn't the best fielder of wild pitches or passed balls.
Asking Pablo to not only get re-acclimated, but handle a pitching staff is probably too much to ask. However, if the Giants lead starts to slip in the NL West in the next month or two, changes are going to have to be made.
Anschutz Entertainment Group's Tim Leiweke says he has talked to five teams about moving into a proposed new stadium and one of them is the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings, Chargers, Rams and Jags are also on the list. You never know if the Raiders would pull the trigger again, but obviously the stadium they are in now is not a great fit. Another possibility is the shared stadium with the San Francisco 49ers. Read more
You had to see this coming. The Oakland Athletics have parted ways with manager Bob geren, and not a moment too soon. When you look at the fan base on Twitter frequently using the #firebobgeren hashtag, you're likely going to be gone soon.
The time came after the public dispute with reliever Brian Fuentes. He lost the team from that moment forward. Believe me, players read things, hear sports talk radio and see the tweets, or someone informs them. When everyone was calling Geren's leadership into question, they could have fired him then, two weeks ago. Add in a string of losses to the Red Sox and Yankees, and you're just piling on.
Bob Melvin now enters the picture, who has nearly a .500 record in his career as a manager.
You could say a lot of things about 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, with most of them being negative. Add this to the list. Why would he ask the rhetorical question to reporters on Alex Smith, "Who's the quarterback?" Crabtree continued, "He's the quarterback?! I'm just asking." Has he not been paying attention to the Harbaugh love fest over the last few months? Is he so self centered that he only sees what's going on with him and not his team?
Maybe Alex Smith, when answering where Michael Crabtree was last week should have said, "He's a punk that doesn't want to practice," instead of "I don't know, you have to ask him."
Obviously, the only reason Crabtree is at Camp Smith, is because of all of the negative press he received. Is this quarterback questioning by him publicly a way to get Alex Smith back in the press? If it is, then Crabtree has the emotional maturity of a pea. Maybe this is equally as important of a project than the quarterback question. Can you get Michael Crabtree motivated to play to his potential? It's looking like "probably not."
Another season, another Michael Crabtree no show at camp. At least that's how it started out. After Alex Smith was questioned last week about where Crabtree was he said, "I don't know, you'll have to ask him." I'm sure this negative press got back to Crabtree, who decided to show up today for the minicamp.
It's also funny/interesting to see Alex Smith morph into Tom Brady this year, minus the wins, rings, hot supermodel, or expectations. He suddenly is the leader of this team (gulp). He is said to know every play in the 49er Harbaugh playbook. Now, if he could just throw with accuracy, or stop holding the ball, then we might have something.
In a radio interview, Giants GM Brian Sabean tore into Florida Marlin Scott Cousins regarding the Buster Posey play. We have heard all kinds of arguments about rule changes, and what should or shouldn't come next. Is it refreshing to hear a GM actually say what's on his mind in public, or is it completely lacking in class? If you're Posey, are you glad to have a GM that has your back?
Oddly enough, Sabean wanted to talk to Joe Torre before his comments and couldn't get a hold of him. Now, Torre is finally available.
Here we go again. University of Montana quarterback Nathaniel Joseph Montana, who is the oldest son of Joe Montana, was arrested this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
He was later released from jail after posting $685 bond. This isn't the first time the 21-year-old has been in trouble.
Last July, Montana and 10 other Notre Dame athletes were arrested in Indiana on charges of underage drinking at a party.
So, how could you possibly compare Buster Posey with Mickey Mantle. Posey has one full season and some change under his belt. Mantle was a Hall of Famer with great power, and an American Icon.
We leave the job up to Bleacher Report who looks at both men and their similarities, right down to their injuries.
The San Francisco Giants posted its ''It's Get Better'' video this morning, which is the first of it's kind, by a professional sports franchise. It's message is anti-gay bullying and homophobia, and features Giants pitchers Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Sergio Romo, centerfielder Andres Torres, and batting coach Hensley ''Bam Bam'' Meulens.
Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane has decided to tell his catcher, Kurt Suzuki to handle things differently at home plate. Instead of risking injury ala Buster Posey, he told Suzuki to avoid it by using the sweep tag. He told ESPN, "'I don't want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You're an athletic catcher -- be athletic.'"
You have to wonder how may other GM's went out and told their players this, and whether it's right or wrong. Fans want a rule change, but it seems a lot of players say it's part of the game. It will be interesting to see what that looks like next time Suzuki is put in that position.
If Jim Harbaugh wants to discuss players on the 49ers roster, then that's fine. However, the NFL is not happy about him talking openly about free agents during the lockout. As you know he's gone on and on about Alex Smith, how he thinks he'll resign, how he has a playbook, how Alex's kids are doing, and what underwear he's wearing.
Here's more on that and other 49er notes.
Brandon Belt has posted a blog about being called back up to the Giants. Basically, he's been running on fumes the last couple of days. He talks about heading for bed around 12:30am the other night, only to get a call from the Giants. They picked him up at 6am.
Read the post.
The news that Michael Crabtree is working out with his fellow 49ers is good news. Maybe he felt pressured by the group of players who are gathered in Santa Clara. Working out in Dallas by yourself doesn't exactly endear you to your teammates. Besides, when you're seen as a guy that doesn't want to put the time in, and wants to squeak out an injury for as long as you can, you better change your mindset. Otherwise, Vernon Davis might show up and confront you again. I don't think anybody who's halfway sane would want any part of that again.
For what it's worth, Sports Business Journal has named the San Francisco Giants the Professional Sports Team of the Year. How can you not give it to them? They scrapped their lineup together off the waiver wire and everything clicked.
“We are pleased to honor the visionaries who are driving the sports industry with our fourth annual Sports Business Awards,” says Richard Weiss, publisher of the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. “The winners and nominees being honored tonight are pushing innovation with smart thinking and creative approaches.”
Barry Bonds post trial hearing was supposed to take place on Friday. It's now been delayed until June 17th. The reason-prosecutors want more time to consider if they should retry him on several of the charges. Also, it gives Bonds lawyers a chance to prepare for the possibility of a retrial.
Bonds could face up to 10 years in prison on the obstruction conviction. Read more
In a blow to the stellar Oakland A's pitching staff, left-hander Dallas Braden had successful surgery to repair his left shoulder this morning in New York City. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011 season. Braden was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA this season.
Baseball's All-Star Game is just a couple of months away now. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has named his staff, as well as Ron Washington from the Texas Rangers.
Joining Bochy will be Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson and Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for the National League. Also Bochy will bring his entire Giants staff with him. Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus.
Washington's AL staff includes Cleveland Indians skipper Manny Acta and Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell, and his entire coaching staff.
When I initially read a blurb on former 49ers running back Glen Coffee coming back to football, I thought, "Well that figures." He just wanted to get away from Mike Singletary (and who didn't).
However, it's not quite what it seems. Yes he's coming back to football, just not the NFL. He has joined the semi-pro franchise Northwest Florida Falcons, and he's not even going to be a running back. He's going to play defense.
Some players take their off day and relax, and heal their bodies. In the case of Tim Lincecum the other day, he got in an airplane and flew over San Francisco. Isn't there something in his contract not allowing him to do that? If not, there should be. kind of like the Jeff Kent clause not allowing him to ride a motorcycle.
They fly over AT&T Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco and Alcatraz.
Former Giant, and now Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games. He tested positive for a steroid that also has been tied to treatment for A.D.D.-Ritalinic Acid. He says he wasn't taking the drug as a steroid.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had the 4th most votes to land on the All-Rookie First Team. He had a solid season, at least statistically. He averaged almost nine rebounds a game, which led the team, and was second among rookies.
Also making the first team-Blake Griffin who was he only unanimous selection, Washington's John Wall, Landry Fields and San Antonio's Gary Neal.
Why is Buster Posey so likable? It may be for his cool demeanor, or it could be what he does behind the scenes without any publicity. I'm not talking charity efforts, or handing out free Giants tickets at Bank of America. Listen as I talk about how he fixed a mistake that he made during a game.
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The full details have been released on the 49ers preseason dates and times. Their first game will be on the road against the New Orleans Saints on Friday, August 12th at 5pm our time. Then back to back Saturday night games at home against Oakland and Houston. Followed by a game at San Diego on September 1st.
Get the full details.
It's been a wild couple of days in the news department, hasn't it? The cherry on top is the news that the Sacramento Kings are staying, at least for another season.
Everybody had press conferences today. Did Charlie Sheen and Barack Obama hold press conferences on the Kings arena too? I'm sure it's out there somewhere. Here's highlights of David Stern's conference call and Kevin Johnson speaking this morning.
NBA.com has it.
As rumored, the Golden State Warriors have officially decided not to bring back Keith Smart.He had an option for next season. Smart was a favorite with the players, and improved the wins by 10 over last season. However, the new management felt they still gave up too many points per game, and will look elsewhere. Ric Bucher says Phil Jackson?
The new San Francisco Giants rumor today was that utility outfielder Nate Schierholtz is being shopped around to other teams. What do you get for him in return? Not much in all likelihood. Things are getting pretty crowded in the Giants outfield, who will have Andres Torres returning from the DL soon. Not only that, but they may have to make a decision at SS too. More at Bleacher Report.
Kevin Johnson gave another press conference to give yet another update on the state of the Sacramento Kings. He said today was about getting 25 businesses to commit to what they already had verbally. He said they not only delivered quick than expected, but they also gave more than predicted, to the tune of over $10 million.
News 10 has more.
Call it juvenile, or call it entertaining. Giants closer Brian Wilson's video is fun, at least for a couple of minutes. He first greets you in his usual Wilson speak, even using the Charlie Sheen "warlock" term. He then urges you to grab your mouse and pet his beard, after telling you he'd never let you do it in real life.
When you put your mouse over it, it makes a crinkling noise. It's mildly cool and amusing.
Check it out for yourself.
Alongside his usual team of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, Chris Webber shared his thoughts on keeping the Kings in Sacramento. In fact, he surprised everybody by saying he is part of a group trying to do that very thing. He said, he couldn't talk about it at length, but he's definitely involved.
Watch the video
We have heard a lot about Brian Stow, since the attack on him and his friends at Dodgers Stadium, during that Giants game. This is really the first time that someone that was involved has given a lengthy interview.
Several events took place before the major hit on Stow. It's interesting to hear his friend describe the atmosphere being hostile the moment they walked through the gate.
Read the full interview.
So, you watched the ring ceremony at AT&T Park with the Giants Saturday night. You saw the rings in all of there glory. You heard the stories about how a few of the players couldn't get the rings off even!
Why not have your last name put on the side, and you own a replica version of what they have. Yeah, that sounds pretty easy, right? After all, you can get a replica hockey jersey that's fairly affordable. Why not a ring?
Then, I looked into and FORGET IT! The cheapest version is going to run you $429! You could buy a few replica jerseys for that price, if not more! The top end for the best replica Giants ring will run you $3500.
ESPN.com is starting a new weekly series called "Curtain Call." It's a new baseball feature that will highlight a player or team every week. We are fortunate enough to have the debut feature Giants closer Brian Wilson. This goes beyond the beard, and his odd quirks. It talks about the three places he lives, the one mountain he always runs up in Arizona every year, his long relationship with Matt Cain, and his school background It's worth checking out.
The San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten by two men at Dodger Stadium, may have brain damage according to doctors. Bryan Stow of Santa Cruz still remains in a coma as he suffered a severe skull fracture and bruising to his frontal lobe.
Now there's a report that before Stow was hit, that those two men may have hit three other men before this incident took place.
That newly found tape that was found, won't be used in the Barry Bonds trial, which could be considered a major break for the defense. The judge cited it's poor audio quality as one of the main reasons. Also, it seemed a little odd that it had just materialized on Sunday, so it won't be used.
The L.A. police department is getting a lot of leads, some of which they can't go public with. One that is an interesting lead-the two Dodgers fans that beat the Giants fans fled in a car with a 10 year old boy. If you have a kid, you know how this could work. The kid is going to talk, which could break this case wide open. Although, with sketches of the subject, and rumors of video, you would think something would have broken by now.
You might remember the testimony of Barry Bonds' doctor Arthur Ting last week. He caused problems for the prosecution in the case saying he met with the prosecutions prized witness Steve Hoskins only once or twice. Now some audio tapes have been discovered, putting that number more towards 50 meetings.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito is OK after a car accident in West Hollywood last night. According to police on the scene, Zito wasn't at fault, and his car was totaled. No one is going into great detail about whether Zito was hurt in the crash, but Bruce Bochy said Zito expects to start on Sunday.
If you're a fan of Twitter, you already know how valuable it is. Following people to give you up to the second, concise information is replacing some peoples RSS feeds.
If you are a 49ers fan, Bleacher Report has picked the Top 5 people you should follow in Twitter, besides us of course.
Get the story.
First off, we are going to have to figure out what to call the Panda now. Koala bear is being tossed around. After San Francisco Giants 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval's 40 pound weight drop, he doesn't resemble his former self. Now, we get to watch what he went through during the offseason to lose that weight.
Check it out here.
When the San Francisco Giants went out and got Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross and succeeded, it raised many eyebrows. That goes for the Oakland A's as well, who did their own version of that in the offseason. They signed Hideki Matsui, David DeJesus and Josh Willingham. With the talent that they have on their young pitching staff, and additions in the bullpen, the A's are a contender in the AL West. USA Today has the full story.
The long line of people testifying against Barry Bonds certainly doesn't look good. Today it was his former girlfriend, who said that Bonds told her he took steriods. Not only that, but she noticed several changes physically, including acne, and also increased irritability.
But, what about her book deal in 2004? That's how the prosecution attacked.
Barret Robbins, the former Pro Bowl center for the Oakland Raiders, who threw his NFL career away, has been sentenced to five years in Florida prison, for a drug-related probation violation. A judge in Miami ordered Robbins in jail, more than a year after crack cocaine was found in Robbins' car near Dallas.
This was the same guy who didn't play in the 2003 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay after disappearing before the game. Then he showed up incoherent the night before. He also tested positive for steroid use.
Cody Ross is expected to open the season on the disabled list for the San Francisco Giants. On Wednesday he suffered a moderate calf strain. This could open the door of opportunity for Brandon Belt to actually open the season in the majors. You could move Aubrey Huff to the outfield. Perhaps Aaron Rowand would start in center and Torres in right. It will be interesting to see what Bruce Bochy decides to do.
It looks like the 49ers may be in violation of the NFL Dead Period rule, which is supposed to give players a break until march 15th. Vernon Davis' tweets were much earlier than that, as he talked about watching film and going over the playbook with Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers aren't the only ones guilty, as five other teams may be in violation. Is it just Harbaugh being guilty of not knowing the rules?
If you were to take a stab at who's hot on the Major League Baseball list of most sold jerseys, who would you pick? First of all, I couldn't believe the #1 pick. 2nd, there are a ton of young players on this list. 12 of the Top 20 are under the age of 30. No Oakland A's made the list, but two Giants did (not Brian Wilson). One Giant is in the Top 10 (not Aaron Rowand).
Get the list here.
Much has been written about the Giants and the new behind the scenes show called "The Franchise." It's been criticized, and dissected. Is it ever good to have cameras following your every move? Are certain players going to be more concerned about hamming it up then winning another World Championship?
Even Mike Krukow wasn't too keen on the idea initially. However, the way they film it typically, Showtime is way out in the distance. It's like they are not even there. Of course, there are moments where they will be, but it's turning out not to be the distraction that many had pictured.
Watch the preview below. I have to admit, it looks pretty good.
We all know Will "The Thrill" Clark, and what he did on the field. He ranks by many as one of the greatest Bay Area sports heroes in any sport.
Now, he's working with the San Francisco Giants as a special assistant, giving on field advice to many. Brandon Belt is one of those people.
Watch as players like Aubrey Huff worship their idol below.
It's pretty obvious what the needs are for the 49ers. A pass rusher, a corner and a quarterback. You want a QB that will fit the style of the West Coast offense, something that probably drops Cam Newton out of the discussion. Von Miller was so impressive, there's no way he's available at the 7th pick for the 49ers. That leaves Todd McShay predicting Patrick Peterson will be available. Not bad in the east. Some say he's the best player in the draft and his size and athleticism would be a major asset.
Read more (need to be an insider for the full story)
I'm sure Pablo Sandoval is jealous. Actually, the Giants are probably making sure that Tim Lincecum isn't within a five mile radius of Pablo. Have you seen The Freak's order when he goes to In and Out? I read it and gained 12 pounds. Lincecum may end up as big as The Panda when all is said and done. Plus he drinks Red Bull and eats ice cream tacos.
Yahoo has the full story.
How do you find a jury that all have never heard of Barry Bonds? It seems like an impossible task. Oh, and the trial is in San Francisco. That pretty much zeros it down to “good luck.”
Now, there are jury consultants that are experts. There are certain questions you can ask about how they feel about guys with big, massive melons, and guys that choke Jeff Kent. Maybe even a steroids question. Still, by the time you pear it down, there’s not going to be much left in the jury pool.
Mitchell Page, who played several seasons with the Oakland A's has passed away at the age of 59. Although a cause of death has not been determined, he did struggle with alcoholism for many years. He was nicknamed "Radar" by some on the team, thanks to someone saying he needed radar just to field a fly ball in left. Billy Martin would later make him his DH.
Page finished second to Eddie Murray as the AL Rookie of the Year in 1977. He later became a hitting coach, mostly for the St. Louis Cardinals, where he made his mark with Albert Pujols.
After the Giants pitchers carried the load throughout the playoffs in amazing fashion last year, manager Bruce Bochy is concerned. The pitching was beaten down, but miraculously performed very well. However, wear did show on guys like Jonathan Sanchez.
What is Bochy's plan? Read more.
The San Francisco Giants lose Juan Uribe to the Dodgers, but with Mark DeRosa healthy, and the signing of Miguel Tejada, it really doesn't matter.
DeRosa was penciled in as the possible left fielder. Then, the ultimate utility guy, but what aboutÂ Mike Fontenot?Not to mention, Brandon Belt, and where you put Aubrey Huff or Burrell, etc. There's a log jam of talent for the Giants. It's a good problem to have, or is it? DeRosa was asked about playing shortstop and he seemed open to the possibility.
USA Today profiles this funny poster on how to grow a beard like Giants closer, Brian Wilson. You can even download the poster yourself. Get the copy from USA Today, and if you like that, McSweeney's Store is selling a 11x14 poster for $8. Insightful facts like Step 1-"Be someone who can grow a beard."