In no particular order…

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.

Brief note: Dave Cameron and Mike Salk are taking turns posting on each others blogs. Should be an interesting experiment…

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.

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4 Responses to In no particular order…

  1. Bart's Evil Twin says:

    The game was pretty awful to watch, Snell just seemed tentative to me. It was good to see Cordero pitching, even if he was kinda rusty.

    Hope that Hyphen is ready to go – the M’s really need to win the next 2 games. Get some rest, Dougie – we really need the Fist! (In a nice way, of course.) 🙂

    • section331 says:

      haha! That made me laugh. 🙂
      Yeah – I didn’t read anything after the game last night, but heard some things on Twitter that sounded like Wak called Snell out about his game speed, and Snell got snippy about it. Interesting. I sometimes wonder if players get that their performance, not the manager’s, will be the first called into question. Very interesting indeed…

  2. Bart's Evil Twin says:

    I hope that Snell can get it together, but am not very optimistic at this point. Snell doesn’t need to be Superman, but he does need to be a more effective pitcher than he has been so far this year. The rest of the starting rotation is pretty solid.

    Not sure that Hyphen is much better than Snell at this point, but will be interesting to see how he does today. Wonder when Sir Erikkkkkkk will be back …

    I want the M’s to keep Fister on the team forever! 😉

    • section331 says:

      Yeah, Fister is definitely a nice surprise this year; and I hope it’s not just small sample size – I know he had a rough-ish outing the other day.
      I really had hoped for that whole change-of-scenery thing to happen for Snell. His comment about not being Superman was ridiculous. No, he can’t win games by himself, but allowing as many runs as he did with this team’s offensive woes is detrimental. Lee, Felix and Fister can do it…

      As for Bedard, I’m not holding out any hope. The minute they said he wouldn’t be ready by June like they thought, I’m afraid I pretty much wrote him off. I would love for him to come back, but I get the distinct feeling his career is either over or close to over – this much time off playing….I don’t know. I think we saw him playing catch at a game a few weeks ago (the guy was a lefty, but really far away so we couldn’t tell, and none of the press folk could/would verify), so that is encouraging, but I’m not holding my breath for him to come back. 😦

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