As they were giving 'em out on Broadway and Tony S got through The Sopranosfinale entirely unwhacked, the Spurs' Tony Parker went for 30 in an NBA Finalsvictory (page 46). Earlier in the day, Royals shortstop Tony Pe√±a Jr. (above)blasted his first home run in 235 at bats. Said Pe√±a, "I gotlucky."
Rhymes with early—and White Sox starter Mark (right), the fastest-working manin throw business (his games average 2:44 this season), won his 100th careergame on Sunday. Chicago's 8--4 in Buehrle's starts, sweet grist for a guy boundfor free agency.
Misty and Kerri
Up to their old tricks: Beach volleyball goddesses Misty May-Treanor (left) andKerri Walsh won their seventh straight AVP title. More nice news for Misty: Herhusband, Marlins backup catcher Matt Treanor, is hitting .313 in his last fourgames.
June 17, 2007
A ninth-inning win over Wichita State sent UC Irvine to its first collegebaseball World Series. Said Anteaters first baseman Taylor Holiday, toWichita's Hutchinson News, "That's complete euphoria."
As the latest Pirates of the Caribbean got submerged at the box office byOcean's 13, Pittsburgh's baseballers sank—losing three to the Yankees. The Bucsmade costly errors in one game; ex-Yank Shawn Chacon (above) got rocked inanother; and, said manager Jim Tracy, "We've obviously got some work todo."
Rhymes with showers, where the Indians ballyhooed sophomore starter Jeremy hasbeen sent often this year while going 1--6 with a 6.93 ERA. At least he won'tget the hook from Cleveland manager Eric Wedge this week: Sowers got sent toTriple A.
Big John Daly, on the leader board on Thursday, imploded to finish 79th at theStanford St. Jude Championship. Oh, he also alleged that wife Sherrie—who spentfive months in prison last year (money laundering)—attacked him with a steakknife. She hadn't commented at press time.
A pair of late-inning collapses to North Carolina means South Carolina fell onewin shy of the World Series. Said Gamecocks pitcher Matt Cisco, "It makesit that much worse when you're that close."
SI PLAYERS POLL
Which player gets the least out of the most talent?
Wily Mo Pe√±a, Red Sox OF 13%
J.D. Drew, Red Sox OF 10%
A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays P 5%
Daniel Cabrera, Orioles P 5%
Pat Burrell, Phillies OF 5%
Aside from Pe√±a and Drew, the only teammates to finish in the top 10 wereoft-injured Cubs pitchers Mark Prior and Kerry Wood (sixth and seventh,respectively).... Red Sox DH David Ortiz has said of the 6'3", 245-poundPe√±a, a part-timer: "His power is unbelievable.... Nobody hits the balllike Mo—nobody." ... Drew signed a five-year, $70 million deal in January;he's batting .244.... Cabrera, who throws in the high 90s, leads the AL inwalks with 41.
[Based on a survey of 464 MLB players]
For an expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/players.