Good morning, Bay Area sports fanatics. You’ve made it to the middle of the week!
Here are some intriguing pieces that are making the wires this AM:
Really, how much lower can you go? You fraud the city. You fraud the fans. You attempt to sell the team to Anaheim behind the cities back and when they raise money to support you and your dwindling bank accounts, you attempt to sell again – this after you continually stomped your feet that you would NEVER sell and “love” Sacramento.
– A Royal Pain
Jack said he isn’t concerned with the postseason award celebrating the best reserve. And, yes, he says he knows you don’t believe him.
He said he gets more out of the love he gets from his peers and other coaches and executives. Jack is one of the more popular and respected players in the league, especially for one who isn’t a household name. He said he’s gotten a lot of comments from people happy to see him on a winning team.
– San Jose Mercury News
Hiro’s strained hamstring could give the A’s an excuse to not place him on the 25-man roster if they can justify a DL stint and a “rehab” assignment for him in Triple A. This could serve a dual purpose for the A’s in getting Nakajima a little more time to get comfortable, and also buy some time to evaluate another middle infielder.
That middle infielder goes by the name of Eric Sogard, and he’s torn up the Cactus League. The injury to Nakajima, and the announcement today that Adam Rosales will start the season on the DL with an intercostal strain seems to all but ensure Sogard’s presence on the 25-man roster come Monday night.
– Swingin’ A’s
If the San Francisco defense has issues as it did a year ago down the stretch it could be a disappointing season. Many point to the injury that shelved Pro Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith for a few games and wound up limiting his effectiveness in the playoffs. Hence outside linebacker Aldon Smith (19.5 sacks in his first 13 games, zero the rest of the season) wasn’t the same player without the other Smith preoccupying the offensive line.
Including their playoff run, the 49ers allowed 178 points in their last six games after giving up just 184 points in their first 13 games last season. But the defense is now minus Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson (Buccaneers) and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (Eagles) via free agency.
– Yahoo! Sports