SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick had to stop getting dressed. He was already in a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and a gray hat representing the San Francisco 49ers. He was looking for his shoes. But that task had to be put on hold, as about dozen members of the media wanted a piece of him.
Former Cal State Stanislaus standout pitcher Andrew Stueve had an eventful weekend as he nears the end of his first professional season. On Saturday, he was named the Pitcher of the Year for the Arizona Rookie League Royals after he appeared in 22 games and threw 43 innings to earn a 2.09 ERA while striking out 40 batters and collecting six saves.
Tommy Mendonca has only been in the Minor League Baseball system for two years now, but he's considered to be on the fast track. After he got drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2009, he began his pro career in Spokane, Wash. He then got promoted to the Bakersfield Blaze that same year, even playing against the California League's North Division rival, the Modesto Nuts, at John Thurman Field in Modesto, a short drive from his hometown of Turlock.
It was only for a short time, but Marquis Fleming came so close to his big league dreams. Last week, the former Cal State Stanislaus pitcher found himself in Triple-A baseball - just one step from the MLB.
To understand what the next couple of days will mean to Colin Kaepernick, it's best to rewind to three months ago. The date is Jan. 9, the day his career as the quarterback of the University of Nevada football team ended. Yes, he was a little emotional afterward, knowing that he would no longer play with the teammates he'd gotten close to during the previous five years.
Nearly 500 bike racers completed the Turlock Lake Road Race on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the inaugural event at Turlock Lake in La Grange with expectations that it will attract a greater attendance next year, said Robert Bell, the marketing director for Fun Sport Bikes Cycling Team, also the organizer.