The Mariners had a good game last night against Colorado, and it was a pleasant surprise. And much-needed. I am having a get-together at the house tonight, so I was not able to watch the entire game due to cleaning and getting things ready in general, but I did get to see most of it. Watching Kevin Millwood take responsibility for all 9 innings was enough to make me look forward to today’s game, which I will be listening to at work. I don’t have any feelings about Millwood one way or the other. I know he was an Oriole once, and he seems like an amiable enough guy, even if I occasionally feel I need a translator during his interviews (his drawl is so thick you can stand a fork up in it, and I’m pretty sure he speaks at a frequency only elephants can hear under normal circumstances), and last night he did a really good job pitching against a Rockies club that is faring far better than we are currently. We don’t get a lot of complete game shut-outs coming from the Mariners, and it’s nice to see one out of, frankly, an unexpected source. We’re still 8.5 games out of first place, but we could have been 9 had it not been for Millwood and the thin Colorado air. And Kyle Seager, because Kyle Seager. Jeff’s article does far more justice (like usual) to the situation than I can.
I received an email yesterday regarding the Mariners draft on Monday, June 4th. Apparently if I want to sign up a space for myself (and guests!) I can go hang out at Safeco that day in the Terrace Club with Jack Zduriencik, Mike Salk from 710 ESPN, and Dave Valle; and a bunch of other Mariners fans. I’m not much of a draft person; I don’t follow prospects very closely, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot remember names of anyone until they do something in the upper ranks or the very lowest ranks up north in Everett. And even then it’s kind of a gamble. Even so, I think I’m going to go. I don’t do a whole lot on Mondays, and this is a two and a half hour deal, so there really isn’t any reason I shouldn’t go. If I change my mind, I guess anyone who reads this will hear about it, but as things look right now, I’ll be sending in my RSVP later this evening. I’ll probably live-Tweet it, because that’s how I roll.
My 30-minute lunch is nearly over, and my work firewall for whatever reason isn’t allowing me to access any sites I wanted to access to talk about things I wanted to talk about, so I think I’m just going to clock back in for work, finish up the next three hours, and start my weekend with a Mariners game and a summer barbecue. Enjoy your day, because baseball is nigh!