Marcie Sillman interviews Rick Barnhart, the high school baseball coach of Jon Lester at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, about what it's like to see his former player compete in the World Series. Lester is a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and will capture the World Series title tonight if Boston beats the St. Louis Cardinals.
Marcie Sillman previews the Seattle Sounders playoffs campaign with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor or Prost Amerika Soccer. The Sounders have been in a slump, going winless in their last seven matches, and face the Colorado Rapids tonight at home in a game that they must win in order to advance in post-season.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
The Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver Whitecaps today. If they win or draw the game they will clinch the Cascadia Cup. The Cascadia Cup was made official in 2004 by the fans of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, but its history goes even further back.
Before the Cascadia teams were a part of Major League Soccer they played each other in the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League. Even then, fans would drive the I-5 corridor to attend sell-out games with their banners and voices primed for cheering.
A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.
Seattle Sounders soccer fans are loud. The problem is some of their chants using nasty language are leaking into the broadcast booth and over the air during games. We’ll ask Keith Hodo, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, if they’ll clean it up.
In sports, male and female opponents have solved their differences in a variety of innocuous ways. There are butt taps, head pats, hugs, fist bumps, and now there’s a friendly cheek peck. Well, not so friendly according to last night's referee.
There is no kissing in basketball, apparently. Well, this is new. Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night's WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition.
At the time of his last game, Jamie Moyer had the most wins, losses and strikeouts of any active major league pitcher. He'd won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And at age 49, he became the oldest pitcher to record a win in the history of the majors.
But at age 30, Moyer thought he’d washed up in baseball. He’d been drummed out of two teams, he couldn’t throw a pitch anymore. He was nervous and upset and he wasn’t having any fun.
Then he spent a few days with the late sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman who taught Moyer ideas that he used for the next 20 years of his career. His new book with Larry Platt is “Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defeated the Radar Gun and Defied Time.” He talked with Steve Scher at Safeco Field.
Those who have been following the US and Seattle soccer scene for a while are familiar with Olympia-born Kasey Keller. He has been to the World Cup four times as a goalkeeper for the United States Men's National Team and played extensively in international leagues.
Back in 2008, Keller returned to where he started to play for the Seattle Sounders. He is now one of the voices of the Sounders, announcing games with Ross Fletcher. Keller joins us to talk soccer and the Sounders' performance this year.
The majority owner of the Seattle Mariners, Hiroshi Yamauchi has died in Japan at the age of 85. The former Nintendo President never watched a Mariners game in person, but he’s credited by many for saving baseball in Seattle when he purchased the team in 1992.
What’s his legacy? And what does his death mean for the Mariners organization moving forward? Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He talked with Marcie Sillman.
Sunday night at Century Link Field, Seattle Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at a stadium. Then, they broke the record again. The final reading was an ear-splitting 131.9 decibels.
Once again, the entire stadium at Century Link Field will be open for Seattle Sounders FC fans this Friday. The Sounders are hoping to unseat the current top team in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.
Forwards Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey will return to Seattle fresh off of their US National Team game against Mexico in World Cup qualifying. Steve Clare, editor of Prost Amerika Soccer, joins us to explain all that is at stake on Friday and beyond.
Feels like summer is over, doesn’t it? Labor Day is long gone. School is up and running. But in Central Washington there is one last chance for a summer adventure. It’s called the "Flip-Flop" on the Tieton River.