Jul 1, 2013, 1:15 AM PDT
There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.
No. 1 – Bye-Bye, Bernie?:
Massive crowds of people braved triple-digit heat on Saturday, as they lined up as early as 7 a.m. to get a Coco Lean Bobblewaist.
The giveaway was wildly popular, but Coco Crisp resisted the temptation to change his walk-up song back to the Bernie Lean, potentially signaling the end of the craze.
The A’s took two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals, but what you may have missed was the incredible work of the grounds crew. They had to deal with over 800 dogs on the field prior to Friday’s game, and on Saturday, they watched in horror as rappers ATM and IMD ran all over their freshly prepared infield in a pre-game performance. Clay Wood, the A’s head groundskeeper, was armed with a hose and it was clear that it took all of the strength he could muster not to fire a few warning shots.
No. 2 – A Giant June swoon:
How happy are the Giants that June is over? Our Insider Andrew Baggarly counted the ways, after the Giants snapped their six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Rockies:
They were 10-17 – their worst month since they went 8-16 in July, 2008. Angel Pagan had surgery that will keep him out till September. Middle relief was a gong show. The offense disappeared for long stretches, showed up confused and wandering the cereal aisle at Safeway in bath slippers, then disappeared again.
Madison Bumgarner picked up the win and even flashed some of his sneaky sense of humor. He impersonated an airport gate agent when reporters gathered around him prematurely.
“I didn’t call you yet,” he said, then finished buttoning his shirt. “Okay. Zone 1.”
No. 3 – Extra! Extra! Sharks deliver:
The Sharks made a trade during the draft to acquire forward Tyler Kennedy from the Penguins. According to Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz, he’s a guy that has been on their radar for quite a while. Kennedy is a pending restricted free agent and looks shockingly like the kid on the cover of the popular 1984 Nintendo game, Paperboy.
Hopefully he delivers.
No. 4 – Cowgirl Up:
The U.S. Women’s Open concluded on Sunday and Inbee Park captured the headlines by winning the event. Not to be overlooked, however, was the performance of 17-year-old Livermore native Casie Cathrea. The East Bay resident earned Low Amateur honors by finishing 9-over 297 — two strokes better than the closest amateur.
Cathrea is committed to Oklahoma State University and let her new colors fly on the golf course.
No. 5 – Tour De France dog:
Two of the Bay Area’s most cherished things, dogs and bicycles, nearly collided at the end of the second stage of the Tour De France on Saturday. Fortunately, crisis was averted when the dog scrambled out of the way just before the pack of cyclists zoomed past.
Belgian cyclist Jan Bakelants ended up taking the stage and hopefully everyone that witnessed the event avoided making Baja Men references.
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