Thursday, October 28, 2010

THAT'S Why They Play The Games

I have a long commute - 2 hours each way - that consists of a bus ride, a ferry ride and a 15 minute walk.  Last night, with Game One of the World Series underway, I was looking forward to getting home and catching at least half of the game on TV.  Our usual dinner routine is to sit down when I get there and eat while watching Cash Cab.  We did just that - pork chops and green beans - excellent!!  Saw a few people score on the Video Bonus - and a few get the dreaded "you're out" strike 3.

Once dinner was finished and kitchen cleanup was underway, I flipped the channel to the game just to see how things were going.  I'm a big believer in not getting caught up in small sample size mania, but I saw all I needed to see of that game in less than 2 minutes.  You see, it was the bottom of the fifth - Giants had 2 runners on - 2 outs - Lee was out - O'Day was in - Uribe was digging in - O'Day threw a pretty flat slider and the broadcast crew started talking about it.  You know the rest - O'Day comes back with the slider - Uribe launches a rather majestic fly ball into the black San Francisco night - and now it's 8-2 Giants and I've seen all I want to see.

I'm sure the Rangers will come back and make a game of it today - but that is indeed why they play the games!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanks Larry!

The prolific Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has a couple of must read pieces up today.  The first one says that having the Rangers and Giants meet in the World Series is a cruel joke on Seattle fans. The other piece contains some rather gloomy thoughts on the thorny path that the Mariners must follow to regain relevance in the AL West.  Great reading - I feel lucky to live in a place that can claim ownership of such an awesome writer!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Forgetting About 2010

With the World Series about to get underway tomorrow, I think it's time to start forgetting about the 2010 season - at least the part that the Seattle Mariners played in it.  The fans can only hope that the club will make some good decisions over the Winter and actually field a more competitive team in 2011.

Here's a nice article by Larry LaRue that provides a very concise look at what went wrong for the Mariners in 2010.  Interesting bit about Casey Kotchman - hadn't realized that he was another malcontent on a team with way too many!!!

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Tenth Inning

The Tenth Inning is captivating.  Ken Burns is a master storyteller.  The Seattle connection is some remarkable footage of Ken Griffey, Jr. in the opening episode.  Seeing Junior as he is now, one tends to forget what a graceful and fluid swing he had when he was in his prime.  A-Rod was also portrayed briefly in the sequence that discusses steroid use.  Chris Rock definitely lends some perspective to the issue - if there was a pill that made you better at your job, wouldn't you take it?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Ichiro! Hit Tally And Thoughts On A 61-101 Finish

Ichiro! finishes the 2010 campaign with 214 hits.  Another remarkable performance in what has been a remarkable career in MLB.  I'm glad that Ichiro! has played his MLB games here in Seattle - it's been a joy to watch him and I wonder what else he has up his sleeve.

61-101.  If you would have asked me to give you a prediction for the 2010 season while the team was in Arizona in the Spring, I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't have been as dismal as the final result.  I'm glad it's over.  Let's hope that the team can make some effective moves over the Winter.  And let's hope that the team will at least be a little easier to watch in 2011.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Ichiro! Hit Tally From 10/1

Ichiro! went 2 for 5 yesterday to raise his season hit total to 210!

Larry Stone described the only bright spot in an otherwise dismal and shitty performance by the Mariners yesterday:

"Justin Smoak was just about the lone bright spot for the M's tonight. He had a double, single, two walks and scored the only run. He has a seven-game hitting streak with a .458 average (11-for-24), six runs, a double, three homers, seven RBIs and five walks during the streak."