Here we go, in no particular order:
Dude can fly: James (The Jet)
Jones is up to 14 steals (he’s been caught once) through
Tuesday and considering he didn’t get his first one until May 1,
that’s pretty impressive. Michael Saunders led the Seattle
Mariners with 13 steals a year ago. Ichiro (438 steals during
his time in Seattle), Jose Cruz (290) and Harold Reynolds
(228) are Seattle’s all-time leaders in steals, but the
M’s have never had a lot of speed guys. Willie Bloomquist (71)
ranks No. 11 in steals in franchise history. Jones, if he’s as
good as I think he might be, could pass Willie in the summer of
Speaking of Willie: The South Kitsap grad is
hitting .278, and get this — the M’s are 18-7 when he starts
(through Tuesday). That’s the stat that matters, right?
Sherm shuts up: Richard Sherman’s never been at
a loss for worlds, but he reportedly isn’t speaking to the media,
upset with the Seattle Times because
the newspaper published the
address of his new home. Got to side with Sherm on that
one. Some things don’t need to be printed, and that’s one of
Speaking of Seahawks: Sherman, Pete Carroll and
Russell Wilson have all been
nominated for ESPYs.
World Cup fever: Portugal’s late goal in
extra time against the U.S. in the World Cup was a punch to the
gut, but it didn’t take long for me to get over the 2-2 tie.
I’m really looking forward to see how
Jurgen Klinsmann’s boys do against Germany on
Thursday (9 a.m. ESPN). Klinsmann is a former German star, a
legend in his country. He played on West Germany’s 1990 World
Cup championship team and coached the 2006 German World Cup team.
Germany is now coached by Joachim Lowe, a protege of
Klinsmann. The U.S., which needs a tie to move on to the round
of 16, has five players who grew up in Germany. This one promises
to be emotional. I can’t wait.
Speaking of soccer: How ’bout those Pumas?
soccer club is 6-0-4 and has opened a seven-point lead in the
Northwest Division of the PDL. Coach Andrew Chapman, the
Olympic High grad who has turned Peninsula CC into an NWAACC
power, seems to be making all of the right decisions. The
Pumas are one of six unbeatens in the 64-team league. Kitsap
won a national title in 2011, and it looks like the Pumas
are going to make another serious run this summer.
BlueJackets bashing: Kitsap’s summer college
baseball team, the BlueJackets, are off to a good start. Kitsap’s
8-5 and just a half-game back of Bellingham in the Western Division
of the West Coast League (through Tuesday). They boast the No. 1
(Danny Woodruff, .453) and No. 3 (Alex Bush, .395, 2 HRs, 15 RBI)
hitters. Woodruff’s an outfielder from Creighton who played in just
seven games as a freshman. Bush is a 6-foot-6, 255-pound first
baseman/DH who just graduated from high school in Turlock,
California. He’s going to be a freshman at UC Santa Barbara.
Kitsap’s second in hitting (.296 average) and eighth in pitching
(5.46 ERA) in the 12-team wood-bat league.
Hammel report: Jason Hammel, the 2000 South
Kitsap grad who is having a fine season (6-5, 2.99 ERA, 91 Ks, 20
BBs, 96.1 IP, 1.017 WHIP) for the Chicago Cubs, continues to
be linked to the Mariners.
This report says the Cubs and M’s have had serious talks, and
that Chicago wants RHP Edwin Diaz, Seattle’s third-round pick
in the 2012 draft, to be part of the package.
Minor league report: Brady Steiger (South
Kitsap/WSU/Lewis-Clark St.) hit his first home run as a pro over
the weekend. He plays for the Class A Staten Island Yankees. … Drew
Vettlesen (Central Kitsap) wrapped up an eight-game rehab stint
with the Auburn Doubledays. He was 4-for-4 on Friday and hit .318.
The outfielder, who broke a bone in his hand when hit by a ball in
April, is back with the Double-A Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators
(Nationals) of the Eastern League. He was 2-for-3 with a
stolen base on Tuesday. … Aaron Cunningham (South Kitsap/Everett
CC) hitting .258 with no homers and 20 RBI for the Reno Aces
(Diamondbacks) of the Pacific Coast League.
Back on the tee: Troy Kelly, the Central Kitsap
grad whose 2013 golf season was derailed by a knee surgery
after playing in just 10 PGA Tour events, is resuming his
comeback. He played in four Web.com events earlier, but made just
one cut and wasn’t satisfied with his game, so he returned to
Tacoma to work on it. There might be some rust when he
plays in this week’s Web.com tournament in Newburgh, Indiana.
He’s using it as a tuneup for the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic the
following week in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Kelly’s got
fond memories of Greenbrier, where he shot 6-under 63 in the third
round in 2012 to get into contention. He closed with a 66 and
wound up losing a playoff on the third hole to Ted Potter.
Kelly plans to play four straight weeks. He’ll head to Illinois for
the John Deere Classic in Illinois after the Greenbrier
Classic before returning to Boise, Idaho, for another Web.com stop.
… Kelly’s brother Ryan, his caddie, finished second in the Tacoma
City Amateur over the weekend.
Coming Friday: I’ll be writing about “The
Legend” later this week. That would be 83-year-old Buzz
Edmonds, a three-time winner of the Kitsap Amateur, nine-time
club champ at Kitsap Golf & Country Club and one of the nicest
guys you’ll ever meet. I chatted with Buzz and some of his golfing
buddies earlier this week. The story will publish Friday.
Nice sendoff: South Kitsap’s three-sport star
Logan Knowles, who is headed to the Naval Academy to play baseball,
wrapped up his high school career by going 2-for-4 with a home run,
double and 4 RBI in the consolation game of the Washington State
All-State Baseball Series in Yakima. His home run was the only one
hit during the weekend.
Recommended reading: Charlie Pierce, who writes
for Grantland,com, among other outlets, weighed in on the O’Bannon
vs. NCAA trial that is going on. He writes:
” … If you are a college athlete, you must — willingly
or unwillingly — help the NCAA and its member institutions keep
faith with Coca-Cola. One of the ugly moral truths about all our
sports is that athletes represent one of the categories of
Americans who can be legally and publicly treated as commodities,
and nowhere is that truth more obvious, and more ugly, than in
college athletics, where the athletes are not only forbidden from
profiting from their own commodification, but also required to help
the institutions they represent to profit from it. Then they have
to hear the people who profit most from the commodities who play
ball for them tell a judge that they’re doing it only for the
athlete’s own good. This trial is about the NCAA’s desire to
maintain that arrangement forever. Unless you’re afflicted with a
kind of moral myopia, this is no less than grotesque.”