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Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Defense of Stewart and struggling Josh

Posted August 17, 2014

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.

Drivers defend Tony

I was wondering how long it would take for a driver to come out and truly defend Tony Stewart after his involvement with a fatal crash last week. Kevin Harvick stepped up for his friend following the race at Michigan saying this:

"Well, it has been a difficult week. I think the hardest part for me has been the way the whole media thing has shaken down. It's an absolute tragic accident that has happened on both sides of the fence.
You have one young man who is dead. You've got a guy that we know and are part of an organization that is just getting a lot of just crazy press.
I've known Tony Stewart for a long time. You look, you know, you see what happened. I still don't believe that he even knew that he ran into that car. I know for sure that Tony Stewart is not going to run over somebody that's on a racetrack. I don't think there's anybody in this garage that would
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Harvick admits he has not talked to Stewart. I expect to see more drivers come out in defense of Stewart as this story continues to develop. It's a sport with many close friendships and this tragedy hit everyone in the garage.

Hamilton struggles

Josh Hamilton continues to not live up to the huge contract he signed a couple of years ago and that is leading his manager to question his confidence. Mike Scioscia had this to say following Saturday's game:

“He's not in the batter's box with the confidence we know he has. He's not attacking the ball like he can. He's working hard to try to find it …but we need him to do what he's capable of doing, or close to that.”

Hamilton is currently hitting .266 this season and has eight homers in 72 games. He missed some time due to a thumb injury. The Raleigh native may have a hard time getting back to the guy he was with the Rangers.

Don't miss it

Not a surprise to see former NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon  on the fast-track to the Major Leagues. He has skipped Double-A and is headed straight to Charlotte where he will make his first start on Tuesday. Would not be shocking to see him in Chicago very soon.

And staying with baseball, congrats to West Raleigh's U-12 team for winning World Champion of Cal Ripken baseball. The local boys beat Mexico on Sunday to win the title after winning the U.S. crown on Friday. I've talked to West Raleigh for a couple of stories and it is a class organization. Good for those kids! 

Worth Reading

CBS Sports with a very interesting list of quotes about the Power 5 in college hoops splitting away. Shots taken at Coach K and Roy.

Interesting article about Al Golden holding players out of a practice. Wonder if more coaches do this.

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  • Doc Holliday Aug 18, 2014

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    Don't agree with that either, especially since we don't know all the facts.

  • Jeanne Gunn Aug 18, 2014

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    Couldn't agree more. And releasing that cop's name???

  • Doc Holliday Aug 18, 2014

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    Would be nice if the media would report the facts & let the citizens figure things out from there. They've made a mess of the situation in MO as well. Making a cop look bad who was just doing his job.

    And then the facts start rolling in.....it's a disgrace. As it is, it's just an opportunity for clowns to riot, loot, etc. I get a kick out of another "12 year old" pic...

    Leave it to the media...

  • Jeanne Gunn Aug 18, 2014

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    + a million. Stewart may be a hot head, but the media has had a field day showing his past antics that have NOTHING to do with what happened at that race track in Upstate New York. Too many members of the media would rather paint Stewart as the bad guy than put responsibility on Ward's walking onto the middle of the race track.

    Good for Rodon! Happy to see him on the fast track to the Majors.

    Those were some interesting quotes from coaches about the P5 splitting from the NCAA. I don't like the NCAA, but I hope that if the split happens, it isn't the end of the smaller schools and conferences; the Cinderellas are a very compelling component of the Tourney.

  • White Is Not A Crime Aug 17, 2014

    "I think the hardest part for me has been the way the whole media thing has shaken down."
    He's talking about you, look at the picture for this article. maybe a bit leading? Just a little? A misc. "week in review" and this is the photo? Yeah, I see why Missou is in such a mess.

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 2014

    "You have just a lot of unknowledgeable people reporting on a situation that know absolutely nothing about racing." - Kevin Harvick

    Said that too.....

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