Of course. I miss yesterday’s game to take advantage of the “nice” weather for yardwork, and today sees the weather being clear enough to have taken care of it earlier in the day. Luck is no friend of mine.
I’ve been following Twitter a little on and off today, and though I have seen a lot of links to some articles fueling speculation on the “real” reason Ken Griffey Jr retired (give me a break, seriously), I have no real opinion on it. The man did what he did, and even though it came as a bit of a shock, I seriously believe it is for the best for this organization, and for Junior. Had things kept going like they were, his legacy would have been horribly tarnished. Regardless of the reason for his leaving, what’s done is done, and all the finger pointing and ridiculousness that seems to have surfaced needs to stop.
With a bit of an…uh…interesting lineup tonight, the Mariners took on the Anaheim Angels. Ryan Langerhans, Eliezer Alfonso, and Matt Tuiasosopo were among the question marks, though Alfonso – like Josh Bard – is so far perfectly OK with me. There may be no hope for surgically repaired Rob Johnson (did I mention he had 7 passed balls during last night’s game alone? Seven?!), so I’m hoping perhaps Adam Moore will pick up eventually; that probably makes me ridiculously optimistic. Between Bard and Alfonso, I’m starting to forget the days of Kenji Johjiman and Jeff Clement. I kind of dig having catchers who can actually make useful contact with pitches.
What I’m not forgetting, however, is how ridiculously bad our bullpen is this year. Sean White and Chad Cordero came in to relieve Ian Snell, who barely managed to keep his head above water tonight. Actually, that’s being generous. Snell drowned pretty fast. Garrett Olson did Garrett Olson Things in the top of the 8th (without all that pesky run allowance like those before him) and then in the top of the 9th did some other Garrett Olson Things that were better than the ones in the 8th. I won’t badmouth Olson. Not tonight. He did what he had to do, and kept us from being further slaughtered. The Angels had Snell’s number tonight. Not everyone can be Felix or Cliff Lee. I’m giving Cordero a pass – he hasn’t been in the majors for a while, and was pulled up from Everett, so maybe he just has to brush the dust off. Fans who are more familiar with him seem to like him, so I’ll wait and see what happens. I miss Mark Lowe something fierce.
The thing is, I nearly went to tonight’s game out of sheer boredom. I was going to cough up $10 for CF bleacher seats, and stroll around taking pictures and using Twitter. So glad I was unable to motivate myself to leave the house, a little sore from more yardwork today. Bullet dodged.
Also, it looks like the Baltimore Orioles have released manager Dave Trembley. From what I understand, the problem with the Os is a lot less management and a lot more ownership; but sometimes you can’t really fight the power. I’m sure that fans will welcome any move made – my first real lesson as a sports fan was how desperate you can get for change when things are going badly. I hope that the Os can get it together and improve themselves. I also hope they send us Luke Scott, but that’s neither here nor there.
Alrighty. Bad game, Friday night at home, I need to find a movie to watch or something. Tomorrow’s going to be a long day, and unless I decide to go to the Safe on a lark, I’m going to have to listen to it on the radio. It’s Turn Back the Clock Day, and the teal unis are making a reappearance, but for whatever reason (thanks, MLB), the game is not broadcast on either FSN or FOX.