For too many years now, the arrival of August has triggered the emotional divestment of baseball season for Mariners fans. With the ballclub hopelessly out of contention, it has been time to move on to other things, like football and back-to-school shopping.
I was excited to be invited to play the newest golf course in the Northwest, Gamble Sands, just a few miles north of Brewster, on Friday. This event was held for VIPs and media one day before the course opened for public play. (I don’t know which of those two groups I belong, so I’ll just presume both.)
The fact that the Columbia Basin River Dogs will be participating in the 2014 Babe Ruth 16-18 Year Old World Series, which begins tonight at Johnson-O’Brien Stadium in Ephrata, is certainly no surprise; as the host team, the River Dogs earned an automatic berth, and even if they hadn’t, they’re a good enough team that they probably would’ve qualified anyway. The River Dogs have a long history of success, and this year is no exception.
LEWISTON — As the on-field performance of the Washington State football team improves, so does its coaches’ salary. WSU athletic director Bill Moos amended the contract for football coach Mike Leach to raise his annual media compensation from $100,000 per year to $600,000 per year, raising his total guaranteed annual compensation to $2.75 million.