If you thought I was an RA Dickey fan when he was here in Seattle, this pretty much seals it. I’m not a full-on nerd, but I do run with nerds, so I have a soft spot for this kind of nerdery. I do wish we were playing the Mets this year because I would plant myself by the bullpen and take pictures until my trigger finger was cramped, but alas, no such luck. As it is, I will have my plate full with going to Orioles and Phillies games this year.
Yesterday’s loss was a bummer, but folks on Twitter made it sound like we just lost a very serious series. I find that funny, because I’m pretty sure that none of those people thought that we’d even win the five games that we won on this road trip. Five out of six played? I’ll take it. Obviously, everyone has their hopes, but it’s interesting how after a sweep of one team, expectations get so much higher than they should ever be. I think five wins on a 6-game road trip for these Mariners is not too shabby. Line to complain about my attitude forms to the left, please.
The catch that Ichiro couldn’t shade well enough to get it out of the sun is unfortunate, but not the end of the world. I have been quietly critical of Ichiro this year because I see a lot of defensive badness coming out of his corner, things that I haven’t seen over the past three years of watching him. That play (or lack thereof) was confusing to me, because while it was a mistake that anyone could have made, it’s not one that I’ve ever seen Ichiro make before. To me, Ichiro has always been absolutely flawless when it comes to defense; so seeing these “mistakes that anyone could make” coming out of someone who is, for all intents and purposes, a living highlight reel is a little disturbing. His offense doesn’t seem to have waned much, so I’m not going to panic, but this is kind of a new thing for me.
I have decided that instant replay makes me even more frustrated with Chone Figgins defense than I am normally. Late in the game yesterday, Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out over Figgins head for a single. Initially seeing the play, Figgins’ size would have worked against him anyway, because he simply couldn’t jump as high as the ball was traveling. But instant replay shows Figgins jumping fractions of seconds before he should have. The ball was still traveling towards his position as he was on his way back to the ground from his jump. I find myself wondering how many other replays would show the same thing on Figgins jumps. Being generally pro-Figgins, I am not happy even having to bring it up; but if that’s the sort of thing he is doing on plays he could never make anyway, what’s going on with the plays he could make and misses? I get the impression that Figgins thinks that Mariners fans are against him, with his clipped answers to reporters and general demeanor in talking to the local press. I wonder if he’s ever stopped to ask himself why? Even though I know it sounds like it, I am not trying to Chone-bash. Just wishing things were different, that’s all. I still cheer him on every time he comes to bat, still root for him to do well, still like him better in a Mariners uniform than in Angels red.
I’ll be at two games this week, so I get both Michael Pineda and a Jason Vargas starts. I am also very much looking forward to the food, ever since I discovered the tortas down by the bullpen. If you haven’t had them yet, you are really really missing out. Great sandwiches.