Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Randy Moss ‘totally engrossed in football’
|06.15.12 at 7:28 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Red Sox at Cubs, 7:15 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN, MLB Network)
MLS: Crew at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Golf: US Open, 4 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 1:35 p.m. (TBS)
NBA finals: Thunder at Heat, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Golf: US Open, 4 p.m. (NBC)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Reviews on Randy Moss‘ comeback with the 49ers continue to be positive. A report from ProFootballWeekly.com quotes a team insider as saying the 35-year-old former Patriot seems to have a singular focus.
“You can still see the Hall of Fame skills,” the team insider said. “At times, he’s been unstoppable [as was the case on his nifty TD grab on a crossing pattern in a two-minute drill at the end of Wednesday’s mandatory minicamp practice], and he has very much quickly become the leader of the receiving corps. He sits in the front row in team meetings, takes notes and is extremely smart. He still has that major star power, and his teammates definitely recognize that.”
Added Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman: “He has really been as good as you can possibly ask for in terms of being totally engrossed in football. He’s a throwback. … He’s got his family and football and his faith, and that’s what he’s all about. And it’s been great watching the players interact, the quarterbacks interact, the receivers interact with him. And we’ll all be better because of it.”
♦ A decision is expected Friday on the Mets’ appeal of a first-inning play that was ruled an infield hit in Wednesday’s game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. R.A. Dickey went on to allow no more hits in the game, but he said he’s conflicted about the situation.
“It would be weird,” he said of the potential of a delayed no-hitter. “I don’t know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?
“Plus, you’re not pitching the eighth, ninth inning with the pressure of a no-hitter going. It would be a little bit cheap. But for the integrity of the game, I think it’s worthy of a review, just to make sure.”
On the play, third baseman David Wright tried to barehand B.J. Upton‘s high chopper, but it bounced off Wright’s hand.
Said Wright of the Mets’ appeal: “I guess that’s not an ideal situation. That’s their decision. It’s a little awkward when the team wants an error on its own player. Usually you’re trying to appeal to do the reversal of that. It would be a lot more difficult for me if I thought there was something else I could do. But I did everything I possibly could.”
♦ The Kings paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of Los Angeles Thursday, celebrating the team’s first-ever NHL title. They also had a rally inside Staples Center, and the most memorable moment was goalie Jonathan Quick praising his teammates with a series of F-bombs (on live local television).
“It was more than you could ever expect,” forward Dustin Penner said of the parade. “It’s one of those moments you want to live over and over again. It’s amazing to hear all the support, and to put faces to the cheers we’re heard all year.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 15, 1976, the Red Sox agreed to purchase which two players from the A’s for $1 million each, a deal later voided by the commissioner’s office?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Just know that I’m always going to keep coming back until I don’t play this game no more. I know my abilities, I know what I’m capable of and it was good.” – Heat guard Dwyane Wade, on his bounceback performance in Thursday’s Game 2 of the NBA finals, as he scored 24 points in Miami’s 100-96 victory
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – Home runs in eight games for A’s first baseman (and former Red Sox outfielder) Brandon Moss since his call-up from Triple-A on June 6
‘NET RESULTS: US Open fans shout out “filet mignon” and “medium rare” after Tiger Woods hits a shot off the tee.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Russell Hitchcock, lead singer of Air Supply, was born on this day in 1949.
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