Aug 12, 2013, 9:01 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 – AT&T Park was loopier than Outside Lands: Things can get pretty weird in Golden Gate Park during the popular three-day music festival, but the stuff that went down at AT&T Park this weekend bordered on the absurd.
It’s hard not to start with the insensitive and clearly racist act that transpired on Sunday, when a fan allegedly threw a banana at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
There was no video captured of the incident. The Giants are looking at surveillance footage to see what happened. Believe it or not, that form of racism isn’t the first of its kind in the sports world.
On the field: The Giants lost two of three to the Orioles over the weekend series. The team’s offense is starting to flatline. Joe Stiglich detailed just how bad it has gotten on CSNBayArea.com.
The Giants (52-65) rank second-to-last in the National League in runs. They are rock bottom since the All-Star break, with 60 runs in 23 games, an average of 2.61 per game.
To add injury to insult, the Giants’ bullpen catcher was drilled by a foul ball hit by Buster Posey on Sunday.
And then there were these guys…
No. 2 – Reddick-mania: After slugging a team-high 32 home runs in 2012, A’s right fielder Josh Reddick is having a bad year. Reddick was hitting .203 with five home runs on Thursday. On Sunday, Reddick entered play with a .214 average and 10 home runs. It’s as if he was hitting beach balls with a shovel at the plate. CSNCalifornia.com has the details.
It was Reddick’s fourth career multihomer game, and the first time this season he’s homered in consecutive games. “It’s kind of unbelievable,” Reddick said. Mark McGwire is the only other Oakland player to go deep five times in two games. McGwire did so twice, most recently in June 1995.
Reddick carried the A’s offense and defense at times last season. If he can get his bat going, the team might feel a little better about their chances after slipping behind the Rangers in the American League West over the weekend.
No. 3 – Maybe the 49ers were just tempering expectations: The San Francisco 49ers held their annual fanfest over the weekend, but it didn’t go so well. While the faithful surely enjoyed the show, the man in charge wasn’t digging it.
“Wherever we practice, what you want to see is a good practice,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said in the presence of our 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. “Definitely a raggedy practice offensively and not pleased about that.”
Expectations are awfully high for the 49ers. It doesn’t really matter that they lost their first preseason game or that they had a less than appealing practice as long as they have their stuff together by week one. But when you are expected to be the best, you get critiqued a bit differently.
No. 4 – The Raiders are even more banged up: Injuries keep piling up for the Oakland Raiders. They now have 18 players sidelined due to various ailments. Fortunately, our Raiders Insider Scott Bair brought extra notebooks to Napa and he has been keeping a list and checking it twice.
New injuries: LG Lucas Nix, OLB Sio Moore, CB Taiwan Jones, LB Keenan Clayton, RG Mike Brisiel (ankle), RB Latavius Murray, WR Juron Criner.
Returning from injuries: None
Still sidelined: OL Menelik Watson (calf), DT Pat Sims (hamstring), WR Jacoby Ford (knee), DE Lamarr Houston, CB D.J. Hayden (hamstring), DT Vance Walker, LB Billy Boyko, LB Kaluka Maiava, G/C Alex Parsons, DL Brandon Bair.
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee)
No. 5 – The Hidden Ball Trick: Maybe the Giants can keep this in mind next time their rival Dodgers come to town. Juan Uribe got caught in La La land on Saturday and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria managed to pull the ole hidden ball trick at third base. It was such a Hollywood moment, as the hidden ball trick was introduced to many kids in the popular 1993 movie “Rookie of the Year.”
It’s also a moment that Uribe’s teammates won’t ever let him live down.
Three to see:
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