The Mitchell Report: Defense of Stewart and struggling Josh
Posted August 17
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.