AGOSTINI: Recapping best of summer ... so far

ragosini@modbee.comJuly 5, 2013 

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Colin Kaepernick reacts as Camp Taylor kids does the Kaepernicking during Colin Kaepernick's benefit golf tournament for Camp Taylor at Del Rio Country Club on Monday morning (06-24-13) in Modesto, CA.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• The summer's high school all-star games nearly are done, which means only one thing: School is back in session in about a month!

• The stars of the summer: Aaron Zwahlen (Downey) and James Sams (Los Banos).

• Mark it down on your calendar, football fans: Week 0 is Aug. 30.

• Colin Kaepernick's Against All Odds Tournament for Camp Taylor at Del Rio Country Club hoped to raise $200,000. They got $219,000.

• If you bid for one of Kaepernick's framed jerseys, you received a special prize: A pass tossed your way from CK7 himself.

• Or was he auditioning for some needed 49er receivers?

• This one cost more: Two holes with Kaepernick for $7,000. Four foursomes paid the price.

• Aaron Hernandez won a lot of games for the Patriots' Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer at Florida, yet neither will talk about his homicide arrest. Gutless.

• The Modesto Nuts' promising right-hander Eddie Butler was limited to five innings, a mandate from the Colorado Rockies. The next day was the 50th anniversary of the famous 16-inning Juan Marichal- Warren Spahn duel.

• Marichal threw 227 pitches. Spahn threw 201, the last one a home-run ball to Willie Mays for a 1-0 SF win.

• Remarkable: In his next 10 starts, Spahn went 9-1 with an ERA of 1.72, nine complete games and two shutouts.

• And did we say Spahn was 42?

• We're not saying today's pitchers are over-protected and coddled. It's just that ... forget it. Of course, we are.

• For further evidence, see Strasburg, Stephen.

• Kings fans are having anxiety attacks about the near future when the battle already has been won: They still have a team.

• The Warriors signed Andre Iguodala and traded Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush. The big picture: A Steph Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, Klay Thompson and Iguodala foundation is better than good.

• A Warrior warning: At some point, you quit building and try to win — it all.

• Those who watched the Confederations Cup witnessed soccer's next superstar: Neymar, Brazil.

• Who says yesteryear names are out of style? During Brazil's title win over Spain, Jo replaced Fred.

• For the perfect combo of scenery with autograph seeking, there's no better event than the American Century Championship July 16-21 at Edgewood Tahoe.

• The Orioles' Chris Davis (32 home runs, one shy of his career best) understands the first question coming his way. His answer: No, I have not taken steroids.

• The Giants thought they hit rock-bottom with Homer Bailey's no-hitter, but there's one thing I've learned about baseball over the years: It can always get worse.

• Translation: Giants fans must watch this inept offense for another half-season. Call it a payment for those two world titles.

• The best way to divert attention from a miserable ballpark situation is to put an exciting team on the field. Ladies and gentleman, your Oakland Athletics.

• The A's swat a home run every five minutes. For the Giants, ball three is a rally.

• When there are no Williams sisters, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova for the final weekend, it is a wacky Wimbledon.

• A good cause: The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs. the Stanislaus Senior Softball Association team on Saturday, July 20, at Thurman Field. Visit www.WoundedWarriorAmput-eeSoftballTeam.org.

• It's official: San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West Conference. Sweet music for the Spartans.

• Another reason why the Raiders are in their current state: They're paying nearly $50 million in dead money, almost $3 million to ... JaMarcus Russell.

• Dodger phenom Yasiel Puig keeps running into the wall. Memo to Puig: The wall will win these collisions.

• I never thought about school until after Labor Day. Today, Labor Day comes with hours of homework.

• Reading Time departs for two weeks. Stay hydrated.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at ragostini@modbee.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.

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