A Crushing Loss Against the Giants*

So the goal I had set for myself – paying attention to Erasmo Ramirez’s pitch location via GameDay – lasted for about an inning before I got busy talking to people on Twitter and FaceBook, fielding email, and just generally not paying attention to Erasmo Ramirez’s pitch location via GameDay. It’s times like these when I’m glad that writing about baseball is not my job; though if it were my job, I’d be paying better attention to what was going on in front of me. Also, I’d have a degree in journalism, or I’d just be smarter in general. What I can tell you is that Ramirez threw 12 pitches in the first inning. Of those twelve, only one was tracked outside the strike zone. Nine of them were strikes, and 3 of them were balls. In the first inning, Erasmo Ramirez (with the help of Mike Wilson in right field) racked up two hits and a run. I don’t know what to do with that information, or even if anything should be done. It probably shouldn’t; nothing should be done with that information. I think I might have just wasted two minutes or so of your time. I am the worst. Sorry about that.

Having no good excuses for my loss of concentration, I’m just going to watch the rest of this game and see what I notice…

-Mike Carp hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 3rd inning. A lot of people like Mike Carp. I like Mike Carp. I have always liked Mike Carp, and I intend to continue liking him. Mike Carp can make things easier on himself and me by continuing to hit two-run homers in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Or any inning, really. I’m not picky.

-Kevin Millwood was interviewed, and it’s the first time I’ve ever heard him speak. I tend to think of Millwood as an Oriole, though he only served on their roster for one season. It was their 2010 season, so maybe that’s why; 2010 was sort of after my impressionable year of 2009. In any event, Kevin Millwood has an accent that makes me wish that we had Waffle House in Seattle. I would now like to scatter, smother, or cover something. Possibly all three at the same time.

-There is someone named Jesus Sucre on our roster.

-Hong-Chih Kuo was up tonight in the 5th and threw 7 pitches. All three batters put their pitches into play, and all three batters were caught or played out. Kuo nearly beaned Gregor Blanco, but definitely not on purpose. I’m still pulling for this guy, and a 7-pitch inning is nothing to shake a stick at. Good for him. Unfortunately, he followed it up with a not-so-good inning. I flat-out refuse to harsh the guy. He already knows, and I am not going to spend my time online attacking someone with known anxiety issues. I would rather stand behind him and hope he does better next time, until both of us can’t do either thing anymore.

-George Sherrill was not as good tonight as I would have liked. He was also wearing a bent-brim Spring Training hat. The part of me that wants to be superstitious and believe in the mental part of the game wholeheartedly thinks that after this is rectified with a normal flat-brim hat, all will go back to Normal. But I know that it’s just the luck of the draw, this is just rehearsal for a grander stage, and analyzing anything based on something intangible is a fool’s errand.

-I often find myself trapped completely in the moment in any given game. So much so that it is difficult for me to pull back to the big picture. I don’t know when this happened or whether or not I can get back to seeing the larger picture while taking in the nuances of the game, but I’m starting to think I have FAR too much going on while I watch games. I’m not ready to blame my perceived failings on that just yet, but I can tell you that having Twitter, the Lookout Landing game thread, and GameDay all up at the same time while trying to keep an eye on the game and post…well, that’s just insanity.

-Aaron Heilman’s GameDay photo still looks like a prison headshot. Heilman himself, however, seems a lot taller and a lot less round than I remember him from 2009.

The only other thing of note to me personally happened during Kevin Millwood’s interview. There were a few fouls hit, and even though Millwood wasn’t in the game, and it is not a game that is truly important in the big scheme of things, Millwood’s attention was diverted to the point of trailing off a sentence and being distracted; I’m not sure he really looked at Angie Mentink the entire time he was in the dugout talking to her. I don’t know that I’ve ever noticed that from a player before, and it made me happy.

A few more dry days before Sunday’s early afternoon game against the Rockies, which I am looking forward to. Until then, enjoy your St Patrick’s Day, keep warm in the weather, and hold tight; baseball will be back in Seattle soon.

*Yes, I’m kidding. Geez. You guys are so serious sometimes!



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