A very busy week, last week. My Wednesday consisted of a full day at work and then a quick jaunt down to Fuel and going to the Sounders match vs Mexico, which it turned out made for a very very long day. It was a great game, and I’m not saying that because Seattle won. I was expecting the percentage of dives to be astronomical, but if I’m honest, I think Mexico had maybe 2 where the diving player truly attempted to stop game progress; but the refs didn’t allow it to be a hindrance, thankfully. I was pleased with the win, and I would go further into the game, but I have decided to acknowledge that soccer simply isn’t my thing. I enjoy the atmosphere and I understand the game, but it’s just not something I can pay that much attention to outside of actually being there. I’ll always support the Sounders no matter what, but I can’t be rabid about it.
I really did a number on my wrist yesterday taking care of some painting, so we’ll see how far I get with this…
Mariners Spring Training games have been going well, if everyone on Twitter who is there and reporting back is any indication. Part of the squad played the Diamondbacks on Friday, against a lineup that included, well, this guy:
I don’t know how JJ did, but I do know that Carlos Peguero hit a dinger off of him, and that we lost the game. That’s pretty much all I really need to know. In spite of our neck-and-neck battle with Oakland for first place in the AL West of Spring Training, and the fact that we are 7-3, I am keeping my perspective.
In the interest of full disclosure, one of my reasons for not being as active here lately is simply writer’s block. Going to the Sounders game the other night was a nice introduction back into live sports, but I think I just need to be thrown into the pool, rather than just dipping a toe in to test the water. So I’ll take the easy way out and write about old news links, so that anyone coming here will have something to read. And away we go, etc.
The Mariners are giving something called “dynamic pricing” a shot. I understand the desire for revenue, but speaking as a person who spends a lot of money that I don’t really have at the ballpark already, I don’t think I like it. It’s what they don’t mention in that article that causes me concern; nowhere does it say that ticket prices will be going down for certain games, just that some prices will “stay the same”. Given the fact that my 16-game plan has already gone up about $100 for the package since last year, this is not a good sign for someone like me, who doesn’t have a lot of expendable income in the first place. Unless there is a special occasion that demands I purchase tickets from the organization directly, I think I’ll be sticking to StubHub. I find it particularly insulting that a price hike for season tickets has occurred after last year’s third appalling season in four years. I could go off on a massive tirade about an awful team price-gauging their customers, but I’ll spare you, and keep that all up here. *taps head*
Doug Fister is already doing well in Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers. I also linked that to give anyone who hasn’t already read it a good laugh at Jonathan Papelbon’s expense. I know that players always want to curry favor with potential new fans, but if I were a Red Sox fan, I don’t know that I’d be too pleased with Papelbon’s assessment of a crowd he hasn’t yet played in front of, versus a crowd that gave him love for his entire career up until last year. Baseball can be a filthy business sometimes.
There were some cuts made yesterday. I got asked by a friend yesterday what I thought about the cuts, and in internet shorthand, my response is pretty much “meh”. I didn’t really expect these three to make the team out of ST. I think fans were impressed by Hultzen’s and Walker’s composure at FanFest, myself included, and they definitely seem to be headed in the right direction, but they’re just not ready. I would not be at all surprised if they’re in Tacoma or by the end of the season or sooner, but right now, the young eggs need more incubation. Forrest Snow also got sent down, but only as far as Tacoma. I hope he has a good season, would love to see him up here later in the year. The Erasmo Ramirez thing, I’m kind of excited about. I was told by someone who was down there to see him that Ramirez can locate like a fruit bat, so it doesn’t surprise me that he is being held onto for a little while longer.
Anyway, that is enough from me for now. I have a day full of things to do, and not a whole day to do them, really, so I have to get moving. The Mariners are going up against the Rangers today, and we start off with Blake Beavan against Matt Harrison, so nothing new there. It will be interesting to see how we fare against whatever lineup they throw at us, but even if we botch it, I’m not going to worry. Not yet. It’s not time.