Good morning, welcome to your weekend Bay Area! Here are some good reads to start your day:
A few minutes later, the Fire Department boat chugged from the Bay into McCovey Cove, displaying the championship banner across the bow. Of course, following harbor speed limits, the boat wasn’t exactly zipping across the water so the crowd waited … and waited … and waited … and waited for the boat to dock.
This had the effect of silencing the crowd. But finally, the ship reached the portwalk and a group of hand-picked loyal fans carried the banner through the right field arches into center field.
– Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily took the mound knowing it might be his last start in the big leagues for a while. With Bartolo Colon returning from his performance-enhancing drug suspension on Saturday, Straily will be bumped from the rotation and the big-league roster.
Instead of folding under the circumstances, he played the hand he was dealt like he was using house money and got his first win of the season.
– Casey Pratt, CSN Bay Area
Right now McKenzie isn’t dong what he WANTS to do. Reggie McKenzie is doing what he NEEDS to do. When the time comes that he’s doing what he wants to do, and the team isn’t winning, then brothers and sister we’ve got a problem.
Until then we’re all going to have to let the process work its self out. Similar to how a person would have to wait for their body to work through a sickness. Once our Raiders have fully recovered, then we can talk.
– Terrell White, Raider Nation Times
The San Jose Sharks made a number of moves at the trade deadline that would make you believe that the team is giving up on the 2013 NHL season. I have to say right now that even with those moves, I don’t think the Sharks are dead yet. There is still enough on the roster that the Sharks could still make the playoffs and at least win a first-round series.
– Andy Schmidt, Rant Sports