The Grant Napear Show – July 24, 2012
Jason Ross was back in the big chair today with Grant on vacation this week, and there was no shortage of topics for the Tuesday edition of the Grant Napear Show.
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee joined Jason Ross to recap the Kings’ Summer League from Las Vegas, outlining some of the highs and lows from a largely inexperienced Kings squad. Jones talked about the play of Jimmer Fredette and rookie Thomas Robinson, two of the bigger names on Sacramento’s summer team, and what the two need to improve upon to become regular parts of the rotation come the regular season. Jones is somewhat mystified as to how the team will fit in the acquisition of small forward James Johnson with bit of a logjam at that position.
Grant’s Rant today was a replay of one of his classics, ripped from a few months ago in which Grant took Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers to task for denying confirmed reports that they had met with Peyton Manning.
Greg Amsinger of MLB Network joined to talk some baseball, with both the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants being among the most successful teams in the league. Rookie Yoenis Cespedes has led the charge for the A’s, hitting around .500 since the All-Star Break. Amsinger discusses some of the roadblocks that the A’s face in fighting for a playoff spot with division rivals like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers. Amsinger also gives his thoughts on the rumored trade that would send Hanley Ramirez to Oakland from the Miami Marlins. Greg also offered opinions on Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, and Billy Butler.
49ers beat writer Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checked in to preview the team’s upcoming training camp, which opens this week. “Super Bowl or Bust” should be the motto for the Niners, says Barrows, and last season’s loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the returning players. Barrows also lines out the 49ers’ depth, saying that this is the first time in years where the depth chart is mostly locked up with job openings on last season’s NFC West Division Champion. Long-term solutions at quarterback and the new additions at wide receiver, including Randy Moss, were also topics of conversation.