Stock Watch: FAST-GLANCE WEEK IN REVIEW
July 19, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down...
STOCK UP: "Stump the Schwab," Todd Hamilton get thumbs up
Howie Schwab -- If you haven't seen ESPN's new show "Stump the Schwab," then watch it. He was absolutely brilliant in the show's debut, and it was a lot of fun. Catch it on ESPN at 7:30 ET on Friday nights.
Todd Hamilton -- The PGA Tour rookie won the British Open in a four-hole playoff over Ernie Els. What a great performance! With Hamilton's victory, Americans have now won the British Open eight of the past 10 years. But where's my Tiger!
Alfonso Soriano -- The Texas Rangers' second baseman was named the MVP of the All-Star Game. He's only the fourth second baseman ever to win the All-Star MVP, joining current ESPN analyst Joe Morgan, Julio Franco and Roberto Alomar. He's also helped the Rangers into first place in the AL West.
Victor Martinez -- The Cleveland Indians' catcher went 5-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBI vs. Seattle on Friday night.
Tommy Haas -- Over the past few years, injuries have stifled Haas' amazing abilities, but he looked great in Los Angeles with victories over Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals and Nicolas Keifer in the final. Right now, he's playing fantastic tennis.
Lindsay Davenport -- She might be close to retirement, but she didn't look like it with a great victory over Venus Williams for her third Bank of the West title.
STOCK DOWN: D-Backs continue poor play
Arizona Diamondbacks -- The D-Backs have lost seven straight, and now everyone is wondering what will happen with ace Randy Johnson. The latest report has him staying with Arizona, but who knows what will happen with this situation. Bottom line: Some way, somehow he'll be in pinstripes.
David Ortiz -- The Boston Red Sox All-Star threw bats out on the field towards the umpires on Friday night in Anaheim. He can expect a suspension for his actions.
Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.