No game recap here, as I spent an hour out of it watching the season finale of The Walking Dead, but I was able to catch back up with the game around the 6th inning or so, as Bud Norris had just spelled by Erik Bedard. Bedard remained in the rest of the game, and kept the Rangers shut out, much to my glee – not because it was the Rangers, but because it was Bedard. The game was broken open in the 7th when Rick Ankiel homered to send in three runs, and that was pretty much that for the Rangers. It was fun to see Bedard pitch again; he was not listed on the active roster earlier today when I took that screen shot, and I had completely spaced that he had even gotten picked up by Houston; that’s what I get for being lazy.
The Astros played well against one of the current best in the league (loss of multiple players or not), and Minute Maid Park is a pretty nice structure as stadiums go. I am looking forward to being able to visit it on my someday-planned NL and AL West mega-vacation. I look forward to seeing the Mariners play there. I look forward to a lot. Deal with it.
I was sitting in a boat off the West Seattle coast in the Sound today when the information came down about Casper Wells’ DFA. I can’t say that it comes as a surprise of course, but it still makes me sad. If he can’t find a home in the Mariners organization via the various ins and outs of designation, then I hope that another team finds some value in him. Whatever happens, Allison from No Run Support was totally right; Wells became a favorite pretty quickly after we got him from Detroit, and it is unfortunate that he wasn’t able to really grow roots here as a Mariner. I wish him well.
So apparently I will be – very much against my better judgement – on the radio tomorrow during the pre-game show. I’m not sure how it’s going to work, but apparently I call in to talk to Matt Pitman, and then the magic happens. I kind of know what I’m supposed to talk about, the fun will be to see if I can do it without swearing. If you can’t be at Safeco or watch the game on TV tomorrow night, feel free to tune into 710 ESPN and listen to me get my 2-3 minutes of fame. Will my fear of public speaking make it a hilarious 2-3 minutes? Only my anxiety medication knows for sure! In all seriousness, though, it’s going to be a mess, you should at least check it out for that.
Less than 24 hours from now, we’ll all be watching Mariners baseball. You can’t see it, but I am totally breathing the biggest sigh of relief. Our long national nightmare is over. Baseball is back.