May 20, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) laughs during batting practice before the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/15: Cespedes' Journey, Giants Gain Equilibrium, Time of Patience for Kings

Yoenis Cespedes’ Incredible Journey 

Marooned on a tiny Caribbean island, family members of Oakland A’s star Yoenis Céspedes feared their journey would end right there under a baking sun. Their effort to follow Céspedes from Cuba to the United States had gone horribly wrong, leaving them abandoned for two days on a strip of sand more than 600 miles southeast of Florida.

The 10 travelers, including a baby, had no water. They had neither food nor shade. They resorted to catching and cooking an iguana and a seagull, with foul results. As time wore on and dehydration set in, there were hugs and goodbyes. Estela Milanés, Céspedes’ mother, walked away from her huddled loved ones and lay down alone in despair.  Then salvation arrived in the form of a yacht. And the travelers lived on, continuing an odyssey of nearly two years that ultimately reunited them with Céspedes.

– Susan Slusser and Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle

Giants Lose Finale But Gain Equilibrium 

Despite Sunday’s 10-1 loss to the Padres, the Giants have regained their equilibrium after stumbling through most of the previous two months.

The Giants won the series’ first three games, their longest such streak since another three-gamer from May 10-12. Granted, they were facing the Padres, the National League West’s last-place occupants, who until Sunday had lost 14 of their previous 15 games.

– Chris Haft,

Sacramento Kings: Time for Patience 

For Kings fans, you were tested.  You survived the darkest of days that any sports fan can imagine and you came through it with a new sense of appreciation for a community asset that is a professional sports franchise.  You have lined-up in droves to profess your appreciation to Vivek Ranadivé and his 30-plus partners.  You have purchased a record number of new season tickets and you are ready to embrace a new era of Kings basketball free from the Maloofs and their destructive ways.

And now it is time for patience.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is an NBA franchise.  It is tough to hear, yet again, that the team is rebuilding, but it is the reality of this franchise.  New owners, new front office, new coaches and new players were all needed and that is a lot to hope for in a shortened off-season.

– James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom

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