1) As much as I like what Willie Bloomquist brings to the table to for the Mariners, it was a bit of a headscratcher watching him stroll to the plate as a pinch-hitter for a middle-of-the-order hitter (DH Jeff Clement) with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday. The M’s had a runner on first and trailed 2-0. With Richie Sexson (family reasons) and Jose Vidro (back spasms) unavailable, it only shows how weak the M’s bench is. The M’s need a valuable utility player like Willie – but the Port Orchard native is not the guy you want to turn to in that situation.
2) I wonder if our Navy community will get out and support the Naval Academy in next week’s NCAA West Regional Golf Tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Club. The Mids, the Patriot League champs, earned an automatic berth and will be one of 27 teams participating. It’d be kind of cool to see a bunch of men and women in uniform following the Navy golfers around the course.
3) Is it just me, or is anyone else grossed out by the single sanican that fans have to use when they go to ballgames at Bremerton’s Legion Field? Isn’t it time for somebody to spearhead a drive to build a long-overdue concession stand/restroom facility for the Bremerton School District-owned park?
4) The Shaun Alexander Tour has begun. The free-agent runningback visted the Bengals on Sunday and Saints on Wednesday. The Broncos are also reportedly interested in talking with the former league MVP, who was released by the Seahawks last month. I don’t really understand why anybody would be interested in a 31-year-old coming off his two worst seasons. On top of that, he battled wrist and knee and ankle problems. If he’s healthy, maybe he returns to form? But at his age, that’s a big IF.
5) Reading about Betty Hyde’s impending retirement as
superintendent of the Bremerton School District rekindled an old
idea. I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why this isn’t a good idea,
but on the surface, it seems to me that the Central Kitsap and
Bremerton schools should be combined into one school district. They
do it in Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle and other cities.
We can cut back some of the bureaucracy, and save the taxpayers some money. It would be interesting to know many kids with Bremerton addresses attend CK schools. We’d have four high schools – Bremerton, Central Kitsap, Olympic, Klahowya – and an opportunity to share facilities and other resources for citizens throughout the Bremerton/CK region. Just a thought. Anybody think it might be worth looking into?