Urban: Random Thoughts from San Diego


Urban: Random Thoughts from San Diego

Sept. 10, 2010
Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

SAN DIEGO -- Nota great deal of action on the field for most of Fridays game between theGiants and host Padres, but there was plenty of action between the ears of yourMLB Insider. Tough toevaluate Jonathan Sanchezs outing. Seven walks (one intentional) is way toomany, and that forced the bullpen to work earlier and harder than youd like,but five innings of shutout work is five innings of shutout work. One-hit shutoutwork, at that. Props to AaronRowand, forgotten man. It must be a horribly humbling and even embarrassingexperience for him to be planted on the bench during a pennant race, but allIve seen him do is work his butt off, encourage guys who have taken hisplaying time, and refuse to come remotely close to lamenting his lot in life. Mark DeRosaisnt on the roster, but that doesnt mean hes not contributing. Hes a majorpresence in the clubhouse, keeping people loose and offering advice to playerswho havent been though the September ringer in an unobtrusive manner. SantiagoCasilla has handled a couple of pressure-packed appearances in a row now, andthats a tremendous sign for the Giants. His rep is that of a guy who willshine when theres a cushion one way or another, but hes pup-tent on you in atight spot. If he keeps this up, his stuff -- always, always filthy -- is thekind that makes a good bullpen great late in the year. Pablo Sandovalsimply cant be allowed to play against left-handed starting pitchers for therest of the regular season. Its winning time, not hoping time. Quite adifferent atmosphere in the park Friday night. Giants fans came strong again,but they didnt drown out their counterparts as they has the previous night.Perhaps Padres fans responded to San Diego closer Heath Bell calling them outfor their lack of support and attendance after Thursdays series opener. Speaking ofGiants fans, it was pretty surreal to walk the streets of the Gaslamp Districtafter Thursdays game and see all kinds of folks in orange-and-black gearhigh-fiving each other and generally crowing about their clubs dominance. Andpretty predictable to see a lot of the same people on the same streets at aboutnoon Friday looking like theyd just rolled out of bed and were looking for aplace to fall back asleep.

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills


Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Steph Curry makes fun of 'China Klay' -- 'I had to do it'

Steph Curry makes fun of 'China Klay' -- 'I had to do it'

Steph Curry could not help himself.

The two-time NBA champion is currently in China, and just before wrapping up a clinic, he couldn't pass up on the opportunity to make fun of Klay Thompson.

Enjoy the video below:

Remember a month ago when Klay was in China and failed at his attempt (or attempts) to complete a 180 degree dunk?

Of course you do.

"I had to do it. I had to do it," Curry told all of the fans in attendance.

Is that an inside joke?

"Yeah, hashtag China Klay," Curry answered.

Any last words, Mr. Curry?

"Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me that I know I have a lot of fans here ... it means so much to me, to Seth (Curry). All year long we think about you guys, so thanks very much for inviting us. 

"And we're gonna have another great year."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller