Warszawski: Riding his Chrome horse into the sunset

The Fresno BeeMay 19, 2014 

Enter the Warzone, the pithiest 2 minutes in sports.

• Exhale, Valley horse racing fans. No nasal strip controversy is going to rein in California Chrome's Triple Crown gallop.

Now, get back to worrying about the 1½-mile track against a much fresher field at the Belmont Stakes.

• Nasal strips? If a horse wears them shouldn't they be neigh-sal strips?

• Go ahead, Jon Bon Jovi. Keep riding your "steel horse."

The rest of us will keep riding this extraordinary Chrome one.

• That Grizzlies officials are confident they'll be able to keep their Giants affiliation is all well and good.

But if Sacramento wants the Giants and the Giants want to be in Sacramento, there won't be much the Grizzlies can do about it.

• Of course, Giants officials have said for years they value their relationship with Fresno and the Grizzlies.

How much we'll soon find out.

• Pablo Sandoval is finally starting to resemble his former self. (At the plate, not the buffet line.)

Wonder if someone informed Sandoval the Giants have a third baseman in Fresno who's leading the Pacific Coast League in homers and RBIs.

• The Dodgers have some serious Triple-A talent in second baseman Alex Guerrero and 22-year-old outfielder Joc Pederson.

Not that they're hurting at either of those positions in the majors.

• Derek Carr, JaMarcus Russell, Andrew Walter, Marques Tuiasosopo, Billy Joe Hobert, Todd Marinovich, Marc Wilson and Jeb Blount.

No, that isn't a random list of quarterbacks.

It's a list of quarterbacks drafted by the Raiders in the first, second or third rounds since 1969.

• Why 1969? Because in 1968 the Raiders used a second-round pick on Kenny Stabler.

That's how long it's been since the team has developed a quality NFL starter at the position.

• Good thing Carr majored in recreation administration, and not history, at Fresno State.

• At rookie mini-camp Carr alternated reps with a quarterback from Boise State (Joe Southwick) and threw passes to a San Jose State receiver (Noel Grigsby).

Yup, kinda strange.

"It's hard throwing to Grigsby," Carr joked, "but I'm going to have to learn how."

• The atmosphere around the Raiders facility in Alameda was a lot more relaxed than the last time we visited.

When Al Davis ran things, the media was occasionally allowed to watch practice -- from 200 yards away.

• Top Rank Inc. keeps lining up opponents in front of Jose Ramirez, and the 10-0 super lightweight from Avenal keeps putting them away.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

• Sounds like Ramirez will get 2 more years of seasoning before he gets put in the ring against a true contender.

Ramirez's fans might prefer a speedier timetable, but at least they're getting ringside seats.

• Congrats to Fresno Pacific for winning the NCCAA World Series.

Still one too many C's for most sports fans to raise an eyebrow.

• Bakersfield sensation Blake Haney will attempt an unprecedented triple (800, 1,600 and 3,200) at this weekend's Central Section track championships.

Felt both hammies tighten just typing that sentence.

• For no particular reason: Frank Menechino

• Former NFL lineman Bryant McKinnie agreed to pay $150,000 to a Miami strip club for unpaid lap dances.

The lawsuit claimed McKinnie owed $375,000. Which makes you wonder when he had time to practice.

• Rinku Singh, one of the two minor-league pitchers from India featured in the movie "Million Dollar Arm," had to have Tommy John surgery.

Elbow ligaments these days are so naan reliable.

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