Roenick's Game 5 blast on Marleau sparks frenzy


Roenick's Game 5 blast on Marleau sparks frenzy

EDITOR'S NOTE: What is your take on Jeremy Roenick's criticism of Patrick Marleau? Post your comment at the bottom of this article. staff
In case you were wondering how to kill the time between Games 5 and 6 in the Sharks' series with the Detroit Red Wings, hockey analyst (and former Shark, it should be noted), Jeremy Roenick ripped Sharks forward Patrick Marleau in the aftermath of San Jose's 4-3 loss to Detroit.In case you've been sleeping under a rock (or perhaps rightly preoccupied with the A's taking a pair in Kansas City and the Giants sweeping Colorado), here are Roenick's comments on Versus Sunday night:REISS: Roenick out of line with Marleau criticism
"Unbelievable comeback by Detroit but an unbelievable poor effort by Patrick Marleau -- a gutless, gutless performance by Patrick Marleau. Count them, zero points in this series and he has a a game like that."Later, when asked if Marleau was hurt on the play where he lost the puck to Pavel Datsyuk, which led to the game-winning goal, Roenick said this:"Yeah, he's hurt, he's hurt all right -- right here (point to his heart), he's hurt."RATTO: Sharks lose composure, Game 5
Shortly afterward, Sharks announcer Randy Hahn had this to share with the masses, via his Twitter account:"Jeremy Roenick only cares about furthering his broadcasting career. His Marleau take was WAY over the line. Many bridges burned."Hahn's partner, Drew Remenda, also weighed in (see the attached video) with his own response, saying it's one thing to criticize the play but another to go after the player.PHT: Why Roenick wasn't wrong with his take on Patrick Marleau
Just to be clear, this is not the first time Roenick has targeted Marleau. After the Sharks dropped Game 1 of their playoff series to Colorado a year ago, Roenick had this to say: (courtesy of L.A. Kings blog "Surley and Scribe"):"When's Patty Marleau gonna come out and hit somebody in a playoff game?" Roenick asked incredulously. "When is he gonna come out and start showing why he was so good in the regular season? Not just scoring goals, but playing physical and being emotional in a playoff round. Look at the way Shane Doan came out in Game 1 against Detroit. He hit everything that he could possibly get his hands on to show his team how they need to play. When is Patrick Marleau going to do that in a playoff round?"Closer to home, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami shared this opinion:"Marleau wasn't great, obviously. Hasn't been great all series. Is never great against Detroit. It's just not his thing.But gutless?I'm never going to be president of the Paddy Fan Club, but that description seems to speak more of a philosophicalpersonal thing between Roenick and his former teammate than of an intrinsic part of what happened tonight.I do admit that I couldn't stop watching Datsyuk and linemate Henrik Zetterberg skate and drop-pass and basically instigate Detroit's huge third-period comeback.Maybe that's an indirect indictment: Datsyuk was incredible; Marleau was invisible."Also from the Mercury News, courtesy of Sharks beat writer David Pollack, who reached Roenick by phone on Monday:I am a huge Sharks fan, said Roenick, whose last two NHL seasons were with the Sharks. I am a huge Doug Wilson fan. I think Doug Wilson has stepped to the plate and been very loyal to people, including to Patrick Marleau. And Im going to call things the way I see them. This is not a personal attack. Its my job to speak my mind. People can say whatever they want. I want the Sharks to win the Stanley Cup someday. I think the fans deserve it. I think Doug Wilson deserves it. But when youre in a position to close out your arch-rival, I think you need a better effort. I dont think it was there and I stand by what I said.

Pollack pointedly asked Roenick if there something personal between them.

This is totally on the record, he said. I am not a Patrick Marleau fan. Im not going to pretend to be. But I also will tell you that he is an incredible, incredible talent. I wish I had the talent he has. If I had the talent Patrick Marleau has, I wouldnt even know what I could have done. But I have my opinion of his determination and effort level, especially with the amount of money that he makes. I respect peoples opinions, but I have one, too. I really feel that the San Jose Sharks, the fans, and Doug Wilson deserve a better effort than they have gotten on a lot of nights in this series. And I have the ability to say that. This is not an act. This is me speaking my mind. Patrick Marleau has a lot of fans. I just happen to be not one of them.About the only thing we can report with certainty, is that we have not heard the last salvos fired on this topic. And again, we want to hear from you, the fans. Leave your comments below!

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs


Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”