There is kind of an eclectic collection of local subjects covered in today’s Spokesman-Review, ranging from the Shock’s big comeback win (see link in post below) to Steve Bergum’s engaging feature on former GU star J.P. Batista, bask in Spokane after a season playing hoops overseas.
There’s a report from the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento and Dave Trimmer’s report on Eastern Washington’s final four basketball coaching candidates. And there’s sport editor Joe Palmquist’s column, a column that puts so much weight on me I feel about as strong as Kevin Durant. “… Grippi will deliver. I promise.” Geez, you think you’re boss would know your limitations.
• A couple of other things from around the Northwest that are worth reading, then the M’s links. Steve Kelley, who has been off since the death of his mentor and friend David Halberstam, returns with a funny column (a lot happens in a month). John McGrath of the News Tribune also has a funny column today, but it’s on the baseball draft.
• Speaking of baseball, the Mariners rallied to win again Saturday night despite Little League mistakes. And Jeff Weaver pitched OK. Here are the game stories, from the Times and the News Tribune. From San Diego, here is the Union-Tribune story.
• There are also plenty of other great M’s stories out there, including this one from Larry Stone on keeping Ichiro (and his weekly power rankings), this from Larry LaRue on Carlos Garcia’s ejection Friday, and this from Darrin Beene of the News Tribune on Mike Hargrove’s future. I think if you’ve read this on-line column before, you know where I come down on the last one. Your M’s question of the day: Where do you come down on Hargrove?
• Finally, the most exciting sporting event I watched on TV yesterday was the Belmont, where filly Rags to Riches outlasted Preakness winner Curlin down the stretch of the 1½-mile race. I went to the hometown source for a great story, the New York Times. And, in other sports we don’t cover much here, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the French Open final.