- Ryan Rowland-Smith did not have a great night last night. Marc W at USS Mariner has a rundown on the problems Hyphen faced, and what’s been going on with him lately, along with a lot of other things about yesterday’s contest. Like everyone else who knows the Mariners, I, too, am a Hyphen fan. Some recent talk on Twitter of making him a trade chip makes me nervous; not that the average fan has any pull over who gets traded, but it’s something I don’t even want to think about. If Erik Bedard comes back strong, and RRS can’t get over this hill he’s climbing, I’d prefer to keep RRS safe in the bullpen, on our team, and away from the trading block. The Tacoma Rainiers could use Jesus Colome…I’m just sayin’…
- Kenji Johjima returned to his native country hailed a hero, and has been playing that role fairly well. Deanna at Marinerds has some liveblogging up from a Tigers game just yesterday, if anyone is interested in seeing how he’s doing.
- There is a story/rumor going around that Cliff Lee refused to finish a post game interview the other day until Larry LaRue from the Tacoma News Tribune was out of the room. If there is any truth in this, I’m honestly not sure what to make of it. This seems indicative to me of some sort of attempt at clubhouse cohesion, which is not something we’re seeing a lot of lately. But the kicker here, to me, is this: why would LaRue make any of the situation now being referred to as NapGate up? He’s been covering the team for a few decades now, he doesn’t need to resort to that sort of chicanery to get people to read the Tribune. Not to mention that he used direct quotes – if he had been in error, one might think that the team could have taken him to task for libel. It just seems counterproductive to refuse to talk to a news source. It seems less like unity and more like pitching a fit. However, part of me wants to say that if that’s what it takes to unify the team a little more, then run with it? I’m starting to not know what to make of any of what’s happened so far. This certainly isn’t 2009, but it’s not 2008, either. This is something completely different and new.
- There is a thread on Lookout Landing here about starting a meme. It is hilarious, and had me laughing so hard this morning that there were tears coming out of my eyes. I love that site so bad.
- As I’m sitting here between classes, I received a post-game alert that the Ms lost the series in Baltimore. I understand it was due to some grand slam weirdness, bad umpiring, and a Rob Johnson passed ball. I have heard that our play in Camden Yards isn’t usually great, but losing on a grand slam to the Baltimore Orioles on Felix Day? You’ve got to be kidding me. And tomorrow we go to Tampa Bay. If someone could reset my alarm clock and wake me up out of this nightmare, I’d be grateful.