Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.
STOCK UP: Bonds, Sosa, Thorn, Pedro, Edna Campbell
What a great weekend for a couple of sluggers. Barry Bonds became the fourth player to reach 600 home runs when he blasted one against the Pirates on Friday night. Then there is Slammin' Sammy Sosa, who had a couple of big games at Coors Field. How about four home runs and 14 RBI in two games! I'm sure the Rockies were glad to see him leave town.
I really like what New Jersey Nets GM Rod Thorn did in acquiring Dikembe Mutombo. The Nets didn't sit back and rest on their laurels after making the NBA Finals. They opened up a spot for Richard Jefferson, a player I really like, by trading Keith Van Horn. Mutombo will team up with Kenyon Martin to form a dynamic duo up front, along with Jason Kidd in the backcourt.
Pedro Martinez has had a super season for the Boston Red Sox. Every time he takes the mound, it seems like an automatic W! He has not lost to an AL team this season, falling just twice in interleague play. Martinez may seem like a lock for the AL Cy Young, but watch out for Angels lefty Jarrod Washburn, who is now 15-3 following a 1-0 win at Toronto Sunday.
Something special will happen Tuesday night in Sacramento. Monarchs guard Edna Campbell, who has been battling breast cancer, is scheduled to play in a WNBA game against Seattle. Best of luck to Edna!
STOCK DOWN: NFL, Capriati, Justice
The NFL deserves a stock down for its ticket prices for preseason games. Come on, are you kidding me, paying top dollar to see the scrubs in there!
Jennifer Capriati has really struggled lately, losing in the quarterfinals of the tournament in California last weekend. She has to start playing well as the U.S. Open is only a few weeks away.
David Justice of the Oakland Athletics has a sweet swing, but he has only seven home runs this season and is batting about .265. The A's and manager Art Howe need more productivity out of him as the team makes a run for the playoffs down the stretch.