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The Blitz with Lydia Cruz

Lydia Cruz hosts The Blitz weekdays 6am to 7am on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

January 23, 2018

After a decade on the ballot, Edgar Martínez is headed to Cooperstown. Papi becomes the second Mariner to enter the Hall of Fame, following Ken Griffey Jr. Martínez on getting that phone call, the relentless support of fans, and why this accomplishment means so much to him. We relive some of Gar's best moments as voiced by fellow Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus. The show wraps with The Hot List... Scott Servais on the Mariners roster turnover, replacing team leadership and why he's excited for spring training. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019

The Mariners swapped prospects with the Yankees, sending 2018 second round pick OF Josh Stowers to NY in exchange for IF Shed Long. M's GM Jerry Dipoto on why the team targeted Shed, where he will play, and Shed's timeline for making it to The Show. The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be revealed today, and according to the latest ballot count, things are looking great for Edgar Martínez. Former teammate Harold Reynolds on his five years playing alongside Edgar and why Cooperstown means so much to #11. The show wraps with The Hot List... Cristiano Ronaldo avoided prison time for tax evasion, a former NFL RB arrested in a fast food drive-thru and early Super Bowl betting odds.

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

The LA Rams and the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl after winning their respectve matchups Sunday. It was the first Championship weekend with two overtime games - both featured comebacks, lead changes and a few controversial calls. Later in the hour, UW MBB star Matisse Thybulle on Dawgs' perfect start to Pac-12 play and why he loves playing zone. The show wraps with The Hot List... 6'9" center and five-star, ESPN Top 5 recruit Isaiah Stewart commits to UW for 2019.

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

The Seahawks signed former first round pick, quarterback Paxton Lynch to a futures contract. The 24-year old was taken 26th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, but had a disappointing start to his career in Denver and was cut before the start of last season. Is he the right fit for Seattle's system? The Husky MBB team remains undefeated in Pac-12 play with an 80-64 win over Stanford. Later in the hour, Paxton Lynch's agent on his skillset, why things didn't work out with the Broncos, and the opportunity to learn from Russell Wilson. The show wraps with The Hot List... A preview of Championship Weekend.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

The sentencing date for Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks was pushed from late January until April, a move that impacts Seattle's free agency plans. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions hired former Hawks OC Darrell Bevell, marking his first job since being let go by Seattle in 2017. Washington MBB will face off against Stanford tonight at Hec Ed. HC Mike Hopkins on scouting the Cardinal, facing Seattle native Daejon Davis, and why the team chemistry is off the charts. Later in the hour, Bob Condotta on if it would be advantageous for the Hawks to franchise tag Frank Clark. The hour wraps with The Hot List... Jalen Hurts transfers from Alabama to Oklahoma, the Patriots go all-in on being the underdog, plus a $175 million offer for Manny Machado.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

Seahawks DE Frank Clark said he played the 2018 season at about 60% health, playing through two different UCL injuries, one in each elbow. Clark is set to be a free agent and the Seahawks have expressed interest in keeping him here in Seattle – could they utilize the franchise tag? Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto says the team was interested in drafting OF Jarred Kelenic before he was taken 6th overall by the Mets in 2018, and explains why he is excited to have the 19-year old in an M’s uniform. Later in the hour, Fangraphs editor Meg Rowley on the best moves made by the Mariners this offseason. The show wraps with The Hot List... Russell Wilson explains why shorter QBs can find success in the NFL.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019

The Seahawks signed two players to future deals ahead of free agency. At the same time, the contract expired for one member of the Hawks 2018 draft class, making him a free agent. Heisman winner Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft yesterday, despite being selected No. 9 overall by the Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft and signing a $4.66 million dollar signing bonus. Russell Wilson has advice for the NFL hopeful. The show wraps with The Hot List... No. 1 Duke was upset at home by unranked Syracuse at home.

Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14, 2018

The last of the wild card teams were eliminated over NFL Divisional Weekend, with the Rams and Saints headed to the NFC Championship and the Patriots and Chiefs set to face off in the AFC Championship. The Husky MBB got their first Pac-12 road game sweep in six years with wins at Utah and Colorado. Later in the hour, Mariners starter and recent college graduate Wade LeBlanc on finishing his degree at age 34. The show wraps with The Hot List... experts say Kyler Murray will declare for the NFL Draft, forgoing his $4 million MLB signing bonus. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

Brian Schottenheimer told Brock & Salk that the Seahawks are always going to be physical and run the ball, and yet the offense wants to adapt and evolve moving forward. The Husky MBB team kicked off their first Pac-12 road trip with a win over Utah, Russell Wilson will report to Yankees training camp, and Ken Norton Jr. has nothing but love for Bobby Wagner. What is the toughest decision facing Seahawks GM John Schneider this offseason? Danny, Dave and Moore dig in. The show wraps with The Hot List… a preview of the NFL Divisional Round.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman promised Seattle will host an NHL Draft and an NHL All-Star Game within seven years, the Mariners re-signed former number two overall pick Dustin Ackley, and Russell Wilson will head to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in his career. The Seahawks make a coaching change, firing one member of the staff that has been with Pete Carroll since 2001. Mike Leach on the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona, using the air raid in the NFL and Gardner Minshew's NFL prospects. Later in the hour, Dave Wyman and John Clayton on the Seahawks offensive improvement. The show wraps with The Hot List... Could Arizona take Kyler Murray #1 overall?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

January 9, 2018

A new coaching hire in the NFC West, another All-American departs UW's secondary, and an impressive accolade for WSU's Mike Leach. UW Men's Basketball HC Mike Hopkins speaks on the team's first Pac-12 road trip. Later in the hour, new Mariner lefty Justus Sheffield on debuting for the Yankees, his reaction to being traded, and why he believes in Seattle. The hour wraps with The Hot List... Bobby Wagner said he will act as his own agent, Bruce Arians to the Bucs, and Pete Carroll claims this was the most fun he's ever had as a coach.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

January 8, 2019

Pete Carroll admits the loss Saturday was frustrating, but the Hawks head coach still reflects on the season as overwhelmingly positive. What are the team's offseason priorities? Which free agents are the front office focused on? Carroll says keeping Frank Clark here in Seattle is integral and discussions with Russell Wilson will begin this offseason. Later in the hour, Clark on why he considers it a privilege to play with his teammates. The show wraps with The Hot List… Clemson clobbered Alabama in the National Championship with a true freshman QB at the helm, the Packers hired a new head coach and Pete Carroll called the criticism of Brian Schottenheimer “a bunch of garbage.”

Monday, January 07, 2019

January 7, 2018

The Seahawks fell to the Cowboys 24-22 in the Wild Card match-up Saturday night, ending their streak of nine consecutive victories in playoff openers. Pete Carroll explains the team's run game struggles and third down issues, but ended the night on a note of positivity about the future. Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett on the team's stymied offense and lessons learned from this loss. The show wraps with The Hot List...  Alabama vs Clemson round three, a full recap of WC Weekend games and the Huskies beat the Cougs 85-67 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. 

Friday, January 04, 2019

January 4, 2019

Playoffs baby! It's nearly game day for the Seahawks and the final injury report of the week brings good news for Seattle. Bradley McDougald, Shaquill Griffin and DJ Fluker are all good to go Saturday night, while JR Sweezy remains questionable. Pete Carroll on managing Chris Carson's reps, playing in AT&T Stadium and the importance of playoff experience. Later in the hour, Danny, Dave and Moore on why the Seahawks have every reason to be confident heading into this game, and Bob, Groz and Tom discuss the implications of the Mariners signing Yusei Kikuchi. The hour wraps with The Hot List... EWU in the FCS Championship, Bama vs Clemson Round 3, and a look ahead at Wild Card Weekend.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

January 3, 2018

The Seahawks travel to Dallas ahead of their Saturday match-up, with five players still sidelined. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer explained why the team's commitment to the run game is so important and recounts the identity-changing meeting between he and Pete Carroll after the Hawks went 0-2. The Mariners deal with 27-year Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was finalized yesterday and M's GM Jerry Dipoto explained why the club signed him and where his velocity ranks in the team's rotation. Later in the hour, Doug Baldwin on the Seahawks youth, Pete Carroll's spirit, and his mercurial battle with injuries. The show wraps with The Hot List... Washington All-American safety Taylor Rapp declared for the NFL Draft, forgoing his senior year of eligibility. 

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

A Boomstick Tribute

Nelson Cruz hit 163 home runs in a Mariner uniform, each uniquely devastating, each one inspiring a distinctively poignant home run call. Shameless Nelson fan and last-name sharer, Lydia Cruz compiled the best of Nelson’s 163 moonshots (including every “Boomstick, baby!” in radio existence), as a tribute to one of the best free agent signings in Mariners history.

January 2, 2019

The Huskies fell to the Buckeyes 28-23 in the 105th Rose Bowl, in the final game for four-year starters Myles Gaskin and Jake Browning. Chris Petersen says the Huskies offense has to change moving forward. The Seahawks placed safety Dion Jordan on injured reserve with a hip fracture, ending his season. Pete Carroll is hopeful Tedric Thompson will be back and ready to go in his place for the Hawks' wild card game Saturday. Later in the hour, ESPN's Brady Henderson on the most pleasant surprise for the Seahawks this season. The show wraps with The Hot List... the Mariners sign a free agent Japanese lefty who could be with the team for the next seven years.

Friday, December 28, 2018

December 28, 2018

There is both good and bad news for the Seahawks on the latest injury report, as Seattle prepares for their final regular season game against the Cardinals. No. 13 Washington State faces off against No. 24 Iowa State tonight in the Alamo Bowl, as Mike Leach's high-flying air raid offense faces off against Matt Campbell's versatile defense. Later in the show, ESPN's Brady Henderson on whether the Hawks should play or rest their starters this Sunday, after securing a spot in the playoffs. The show wraps with The Hot List... Russell Wilson on Pete Carroll's contract extension and OC Brian Schottenheimer on the evolution of Seattle's play calling this season.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

December 27, 2018

Seven Seahawks players did not practice Wednesday ahead of Seattle's final regular season game of the year. Doug Baldwin, Frank Clark and Bradley McDougald were all sidelined, while Pete Carroll says the team is still waiting for more information on JR Sweezy. Earlier this week, the Hawks announced a multi-year contract extension for Carroll that will keep him in Seattle until at least 2021. Later in the hour, Dave Wyman and John Clayton on the Hawks success and ability to maintain front office continuity. The show wraps with The Hot List… the winningest coach in MLS history, former Sounders coach, Sigi Schmid passed away at age 65 on Christmas Day.

Monday, December 24, 2018

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas friends! The Seahawks are headed back to the playoffs after beating the Chiefs 38-31 on Sunday Night Football. Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns, Chris Carson ran through defenders for two more on the ground and the Seahawks silenced the critics who assumed they'd never make the postseason. We have amazing sound from Coach Pete, Russell the Wizard and Doug Baldwin, who had a phenomenal 126-yd night despite being hampered by injuries. The show wraps with The Hot List... former Seahawk Richard Sherman ejected from the Niners game after a fight broke out and a look at the full playoff picture for both the AFC and the NFC.