I do hope everyone had a good holiday this year. Mine was spent in Baker City, OR in ice and snow. Regrettably, I went for a walk on said ice and snow and managed to hyper-extend my left knee. Yes, it does hurt quite a bit, in fact. I plan on spending my day today trying to get around the house to clean it for our New Year’s Eve festivities and trying to stretch out whatever damage I did; I am of the belief that it happened when I was in the process of doing that sort of walk that one does when one is unsure of the slickness of a road covered in a fairly hefty layer of ice with a dusting of snow over the top. I am positive recovery is a mere few days away.
Among the (actually, super-cool) gifts I received from my family this year was a rave green Sounders sweatshirt of the variety seen here, and a Mariners eco-safe hot/cold drink cannister. I adore the sweatshirt. Because I’m not normally keen on hoodies with pockets in the front (no, I’m not pregnant!), it isn’t something I likely would have bought myself – but I have discovered that the pocket is not as much of a concern as is the fact that I have an awesome Sounders sweatshirt. Score one for my brother. Tom got me a sort of best-of sportswriting book for the year 2008, and my mother got me a baseball haiku book (stocking-stuffer size), along with a book called Sixty Feet Six Inches, which was actually on my list and so far through part of the foreword is a good read. I won’t go through the rest of my stash, these are the most pertinent to the content of this blog. All in all, it was a good 4 days, though I discovered far too late that my parents do, in fact, have the MLB Network via their satellite provider. I watched a little bit of an old World Series game with Curt Schilling (perhaps the bloody sock incident? I was not able to watch long enough to tell) before we tried to go downtown to grab a few beers, but found out that even restaurants are closed in small towns during the Christmas weekend.
Now for some bullet points, just because I’m taking a break this morning before I start doing laundry:
- I like this pitching rotation. I had a Twitterer point out that Doug Fister has an “FIP north of 5” when I mentioned to someone else that Doug Fister was “good to go”. I don’t know FIP from a hole in the ground (like I’ve mentioned before, in my world, it means something totally different), but if Fister is a good enough number five for USS Mariner, he’s a good enough number 5 for me. Maybe I haven’t seen enough (and if I haven’t seen enough, nobody else has, either) to make a true judgement, but I’m also certainly not going to hold someone’s rookie kind-of-maybe-fill-in-half-year against them, either. I will be quite happy to agree that Fister is not a serviceable #5 when either he’s not allowed to do it, or there is a trade that demonstrates that the good folks in our front office don’t think so, either – but until then, that is pretty much the rotation we have, and I’m alright with it; I don’t know the future, and you don’t either, no matter what numbers may say. As long as Doug Fister flies Seattle colors, he has my support. And if I can support -albeit not really like- Miguel Batista through this last year (and I did, regardless of what I might have said), then Fister is not really that much of a stretch.
- This post is interesting, and I appreciate the work that Derek Zumsteg put into collecting the information (I also wish he would write more there, but what can you do?) and putting it in one place. If there are any anti-Milton Bradley Seattle fans out there (and oh, boy, do I know there are), that post alone should give you enough ammunition to dislike the trade we made for him. I still believe that the alternative – keeping Carlos Silva as an overpaid bullpen arm – would have been far worse for our playoff chances. You, of course, are welcome to believe whatever you want to. Whatever the case, Bradley’s presence in Seattle should make for a hell of an interesting 2010 – and that is a guarantee.
- It seems that there is a little bit of unrest or discontent in the online fanbase recently. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it, but all the excitement from the Cliff Lee/Milton Bradley moves seems to have dissipated with the Brandon League issue. I ain’t goin’ out like dat. I’m still optimistic. The event at Benaroya is only a short while away, FanFest happens in a little over a month, and Spring Training games start in a little over two months. Baseball is coming back, my Mariners will be playing, the days will be getting longer, and the weather will be getting warmer soon. You can either spend your time over-analyzing everything (I thought girls were always the ones who did that?), or you can look up to the future, and a summer full of the best game ever played. I choose the latter bits, thank you very much.
Over my little jaunt to the (very cold) desert, I managed to finish that Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader on baseball. As a direct result, I now absolutely must, must, MUST find books on the House of David baseball team, and Rube Waddell, who, it was said, could have been right up there with Cy Young in the annals of history, were it not for his temperament and drinking habits. I am officially obsessed with both topics, and can hardly wait to find more information.
EDIT: While I was in the process of scratching this out, we apparently signed Chad Cordero and some guy named Josh Bard to minor league deals…