Shooting from the hip on a sunny Sunday

Shooting form the hit on a Sunday morning while listening to Kris Kristofferson’s classic song Sunday Morning Coming Down.


Port Orchard’s Willie Bloomquist has had three straight multi-hit games for the Diamondbacks, including a 3-for-5 game Saturday against the Cubs and has his average up to .299. Stephen Drew, Arizona’s regular shortstop, is close to returning after breaking his ankle in mid-season a year ago. There’s been talk that the D’backs will platoon Drew and Bloomquist. I bet manager Kirk Gibson starts moving Willie around, playing a little third, some outfield and shortstop.

Todd Linden has an eight-game hitting streak at Triple-A Fresno. The DH/OF/1B from Central Kitsap probably needs to hit with more power on a consistent basis before the Giants start thinking about giving him another shot at the major-league level.

Jason Hammel (8-2) has gone 19 straight innings without allowing an earned run. After a one-hit complete-game shutout, he came back to throw a 5-hitter over 8 innings in a win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. The right-hander from South Kitsap struck out 10 and didn’t walk a hitter. Could an All-Star game be in Hammel’s future? It’s not out of the question.

Title IX: 

In case you missed it, here’s my column on some of the top women’s athletes who’s come through the Kitsap area. And remember, this is just some of the top females who’ve graced our gymnasiums and playing fields.

Let’s Play Two:

Looking for something to do on what looks to be a mostly sunny Sunday? The BlueJackets play the Walla Walla Sweets in a 4 p.m. West Coast League doubleheader at the Fairgrounds. It’s a good brand of baseball, and the price is right.

It’s LeBron Time:

Even the harshest LeBron James critics had to be impressed with how he played while leading the Miami Heat to an NBA championship. And get used to it.  He’s only 27. How many rings will he wind up with? It won’t surprise me if he wins four or five more. Nobody in the league can deal with his combination of size, speed, strength, and unselfishness on the court. He plays defense, he’s a clever passer and although he’s not a great outside shooter, he’s not bad. Has there been a more gifted player? I don’t think so, although he still has a few more titles to win before we can put him in the same class as Michael Jordan.


Flynn’s No,. 27:

You probably already saw this, but in case you didn’t, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski ranked Matt Flynn of the Seahawks as the No. 27 quarterback among the 30 projected starters in the league.

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