- No Miguel Olivo in the lineup, Jesus Montero goes 1 for 3.
- Kevin Millwood does fantastic job; 6 full innings, 4 hits, a run. Lucas Luetge does fantastic job: 1.1 innings, 1 hit, no runs. Steve Delabar does not-so-fantastic job, 0.2 innings pitched, 2 hits (both home runs).
- I was not in the mood for a game like this. I had just started to enjoy pitching duels (regardless of their causes), but I was not prepared for this. Spent a lot of time on Twitter, and commenting to Tom about ROOT Sports’ coverage of a giant man eating a giant hot dog in the stands. Now that I know that dog is 3,000 calories (not that it surprises me), I am not as excited as I was initially to go to Arlington and try it. But I would still try it, because life is a thing to be severely cherished and then cut as short as possible. Like hair.
- John Jaso brought a little to the table with a single to score Michael Saunders in the top of the 9th to put the Ms ahead by a run on what seems like a really bad night for Joe Nathan. After small-balling their way into one run in the top of the 8th, the Mariners did the same thing to tie the game in the 9th, and Jaso’s single was the icing on a very slow and strange cake.
- Brandon League was either painfully deliberate, or I lost consciousness from holding my breath for too long, but after what seemed like the longest bottom of the 9th ever, the Mariners did not get swept and will not be coming home off of a massive defeat. We didn’t win the series and we might not even tie it, but I really don’t care. A win is a win is a win, and we have some work to do tomorrow morning. I will be attempting to listen from the office.
- I am officially having a really difficult time waiting for Friday. I got the thumbs up to arrive/leave an hour early for some pre-game fun, and just because I know that I might be a little distracted by the fact that I finally get to see live baseball for the first time this year, and I don’t think I could last much past 3pm. As it is, I’m not sure I’ll last much longer than 2pm. Friday is going to drag.
So enough for now. I wasn’t going to write, then I figured I would, and now this post is terrible, but at least it exists. Yay, baseball!
My plan to go to Spring Training next year might have been foiled due to finances vs Things I Need To Do, and the possibility of saving for a larger trip during the regular season. I have wanted to take a tour of stadiums for a while, and if I play my vacation time right, I might be able to take a two-week extended absence to do a west coast itinerary during the beginning of the regular season. The plan would be to see if I could fit in a Giants/A’s/Dodgers/Angels/Padres trip, then either over to Diamondbacks territory or all the way down to Houston for the Astros (I’ve never been to Houston, the promoters there were just awful), then back up to Arlington, up to Arizona, and ending in Colorado before coming home. I’ve taken similar trips for tours when I was still playing music, and it’s a pretty easy trip with a lot to see; and one of my baseball dreams is to sit in the purple row in Coors Field, if it is not otherwise reserved. So much research will need to be done for this; but it will be well worth it. Technically, we could even stop in Seguin, Texas, so I can see that giant walnut!
Anyway, will think about that later; for now, I have to go to sleep so that Friday will get here quicker!