It's been quite a road trip for Dontrelle Willis. In
Denver. He met his estranged father for the first time
since he was two. Tonight, he returns to the Bay Area
to face Barry Bonds and the Giants. Joe Capozzi of the
Palm Beach Post writes about the welcome he will
receive from his old friends and coaches upon his
return home. He describes West Coast Sporting Goods,
the store in Oakland where Dontrelle used to hang out.
It's an all-baseball store and sounds pretty neat.
Speaking of Bonds, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette does just that. Collier writes very well
in making his case that Bonds cannot hold a candle to
his godfather, Willie Mays. Agree with him or not,
this is a column that is worth reading for the quality
of the writing alone.
If the Phillies are going to make it to October, they'll
need to be doing better than getting swept by teams
like the Brewers -- obviously. If manager Larry Bowa is
to keep his job, this sort of thing will have to stop.
Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News lists the
Ten Stages of a Manager's Tenure and finds that Bowa
is nearing the end of his unless he can get his team
to step it up the rest of the way.
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