New Earthquakes President Tom Fox said of the club's biggest need, "We're trying to be relevant in this market. I want us to be talked about. I want what we're doing to be interesting enough and newsworthy enough to be a big enough part of the population of San Jose. I want people to feel proud of the product we’re putting in the field and the way we’re acting in the community and how we're representing San Jose. ... I want us to be a part of the San Jose sports conversation in a very positive way"(BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/8).
IN THE AIR: In Denver, Mark Kiszla wondered if the Rockies could be "good enough to capture the imagination and the attention of a Broncos town from now until October." The Rockies are 39-23, the first time the team has been 16 games over .500 since September '10. Kiszla: "After 25 years, Denver finally feels like a town where baseball really matters" (DENVER POST, 6/8).
WINNING SOLVES EVERYTHING: In N.Y., Dan Martin notes local ratings for Yankees games on YES were up 49% during the first two months of the season (3.54 vs. 2.37). The Yankees currently sit atop the AL East with the second-best record in the AL. With young stars like rookie RF Aaron Judge "gaining in popularity, fans appear to be responding" (N.Y. POST, 6/9).