Darting here and there ...
Û You know it was a dreary All-Star game when Tim McCarver reciting Metallica lyrics turned out to be one of the highlights.
Û For many viewers, "Enter Sandman" kicked in around the sixth inning, and they had to be nudged on their couches for Mariano Rivera.
Û Considering how many of them he's shattered over the years with his lethal cutter, the MVP trophy to Rivera should have been a broken glass bat.
Û After last year's big splash, the 2013 All-Star highlight for the Giants was Buster Posey getting his catcher's mitt broken in by Jose Fernandez, Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel. Now it's back to Zito.
Û Disgruntled Giants fans are probably blaming hitting coach Hensley Meulens, who was part of Bruce Bochy's All-Star staff, for the National League getting shut out on three hits.
Û While Rivera was being revered, you can bet Marco Scutaro told teammates about his walk-off three-run homer off the foul pole against Mariano -- with two outs and an 0-2 count, no less -- while with Oakland in 2007. One of just five walk-off homers Rivera has allowed in his career.
Û It appeared Grant Balfour toned down his mound rage while pitching on national TV. Look, honey, did he just say "darn it?"
Û Jim Leyland managed that game as if he desperately wanted the A's to have home-field advantage in the World Series.
Û The Twitter outrage regarding Marc Anthony singing "God Bless America" was deplorable. Add to that the fact that Anthony was born in New York. Too many racist twits think Twitter is their pulpit.
Û Now if you had a problem with Neil Diamond taking up five minutes to sing "Sweet Caroline," we're with you. Yes, we understand the significance, but between-inning songs outside of the seventh-inning stretch sets a very bad precedent.
Û Next year, Iron Butterfly will be performing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" between the third and fourth!
Û Enjoyed Yoenis Cespedes winning the Home Run Derby? Find the highlights of the Univision Spanish broadcast on YouTube to hear Chris Berman outdone. Unless you're a racist twit, of course.
Û Wish we could confirm this, but supposedly Rickey Henderson was sitting in the stands at the All-Star Game and when a bunch of people stood up in front of him, he shouted, "Rickey says 'sit down!'"
Û Sweet way to celebrate your All-Star snub, Josh Donaldson, with a home run and a walk-off hit heading into the break.
Û Giants fans must have gotten excited about the new Netflix show "Orange Is The New Black." Sorry, folks, it's about a women's prison.
Û In the latest Bovada odds, 16 teams have better odds to win the World Series than the Giants ... including the Cleveland Indians, who haven't won one since 1948.
Û To put in perspective Tim Lincecum's 148 pitches thrown in his no-hitter, the entire N.L. staff -- eight pitchers -- threw 145 in the All-Star game.
Û Just when fans were starting to accept the likelihood of Lincecum leaving by trade or free agency, they're back to not wanting it to happen. That creates a real pickle for the Giants and their most popular player after Posey.
Û Have to admit, we did a double-take this week when we read the headline, "Panda Gives Birth To Twins."
Û After what he's shown in the NBA's Las Vegas summer league, Warriors fans should hope Kent Bazemore plays more.
Û It would be cool to see Golden State beat the Heat on Belmont sharpshooter Ian Clark, too. But with Toney Douglas now on board, that may be beyond the arc of possibility.
Û Just call the Warriors the Sultans of the Strip after their 11th straight victory over three years. Whoever thought summer league dominance could be thrilling?
Û Sell Seahawks fans all the Levi's Stadium bricks they want to buy. It doesn't mean you have to mortar them in with the inscription side up.
Û We're presuming that proposed intimate 50,000-seat stadium for the Raiders doesn't include tarps.
Û Finally, it's the natural question: Will Bank of the West charge the Women's Tennis Association a fee for too many withdrawals from next week's tournament?
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