Urban: Buck, Cust leave A's with class


Urban: Buck, Cust leave A's with class

Dec. 3, 2010
A'S PAGE A'S VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

I exchanged a series of text messages Friday morning with Travis Buck and Jack Cust, both of whom were non-tendered before Thursday night's deadline, allowing them to explore free agency.Neither move was unexpected by any means, although some Oakland fans might lament the loss of one of the power-starved team's only legitimate power sources in Cust.It can't be easy to hear that a team no longer thinks you're worthy of their roster, but as I suspected before firing off the first text to each, they went out with their integrity intact.No pouting. No jabs. No vitriol. No blame game.No surprise, either. I've covered the A's for more than 10 years now, and Buck and Cust are on my short list of players I've most enjoyed covering. They're good people, and if you believe that good things eventually happen to good people, you have to believe that both guys will land squarely on their feet elsewhere.Cust has been though this before with the A's, who didn't tender him a contract for 2010 before the deadline, either. The difference this time is that they aren't expected to bring him back, as they did -- for about half what Cust would have gotten in arbitration -- last winter.RELATED: Jack Cust statistics
The big fella, who led the team in homers for three years (2007-2009), was stung when it happened last year, and he was stung even more when they sent him to the minors to open the season. That move prompted a rare display of negative emotion; Cust lashed out at the organization.Not this time. He had nothing bad to say about the A's on Friday. He didn't have anything particularly glowing to say about them, either. In fact, he didn't have anything to say at all.
But he's always said that he appreciates the opportunity they gave him to prove that he was a legitimate big-league hitter after a Crash Davis-esque journey through bushes. And he enjoyed his teammates and the love he got from Oakland's small but passionate fan base.Buck has had his share of less-than-magical moments in green and gold, too, but he's always been quick to accept responsibility for his role in a fall from the grace that was his golden-boy status after a solid rookie season in 2007.
RELATED: Travis Buck statistics
He's been injured and ineffective ever since, and at this point he seems like a classic case of someone who'll benefit from a change of scenery.That's how he's looking at it, anyway."I appreciate the opportunity Billy Beane gave me back in 2007, and I'm gonna miss the friendships that I've made during my years there," Travis texted me. "I'm looking forward to a fresh start, a new organization and the beginning to a healthier and successful career."Class acts, both.
What's on your mind? Email Mychael and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Steph Curry golfs with Barack Obama, Jordan Spieth in Dallas


Steph Curry golfs with Barack Obama, Jordan Spieth in Dallas

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After the Warriors lost to the Grizzlies on Saturday night in Memphis, they flew to Dallas.

And on Sunday in the Lone Star State, Steph Curry enjoyed some free time on the golf course:


A post shared by Jordan Spieth (@jordanspieth) on

From left to right -- Jonnie West, Seth Curry, Kevin Plank (Under Armour CEO), Jordan Spieth, Barack Obama, Curry.

This is not the first time Curry has enjoyed a round of golf with Obama, as the two hit the links back in August 2015.

Curry and the Warriors face the Mavs on Monday night.

Seth Curry unfortunately will not suit up because of a left leg injury.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense


49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson