November 26, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

Totally off-topic, but I think at the end of computer games, particularly action games (like, say, Tron 2.0, which I recommend) whoever you’ve saved at the end should congratulate you: “Your ability to save and load games repeatedly until you got past particularly difficult levels has thwarted the universe-domination plans of that evil corporation/renegade Chinese general/H.A.R.M./Imperial Remnant.” Instead of the standard “Wow, you’re the greatest hacker/spy/U.N.I.T.Y agent/Jedi Knight in the world…”

Or, alternately, I want quick load/quick save capabilities in real life.

More on Out of Left Field

November 26, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on More on Out of Left Field 

Hey, check it out, I’m in black-and-white in the Seattle Weekly with my review of Art Thiel’s Out of Left Field. Check it out. I love running in print… the web’s fine, but there’s something cool about newsprint. I was once a paperboy for the Seattle Times (“Paper of Quality”) in case you’re curious.

For those of you who are curious, here’s a couple of Art Thiel’s clunkers. Seriously, you should read the book, but holy moly… unless you’re as into writing as I am, you might not find this as funny as I do.

p2: “If there was a banana peel, or an open manhole cover, anywhere in the neighborhood, the Mariners were on it and in it.”

In order: a manhole cover can’t be open or closed, it’s a cover. The manhole is open or closed. And a long sentence doesn’t automatically need commas, though that’s really nit-picky. It should be “slipping on it” rather than “on it” — what’s so bad about being on a banana peel? And you can’t be “in” a manhole cover.

p14: Lester Smith says “If I knew what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have touched it with a ten-foot pole”

Next paragraph opens “But he did, and by 1981 the pole has splintered.”

What pole? The pole that he didn’t have, that he wouldn’t have touched it with?

p104: On the drive for a stadium after the strike of 1994: “In terms of timing, the maneuver ranked with stowing away aboard the Hindenburg.”

Since the Hindenburg made a bunch of successful voyages, stowing away aboard the Hindenburg would have worked out fine unless you specify that you mean the May 3-6 Hindenburg journey.

On Thiel’s constant transitioning and bridging throughout the book: p115, on October 1995:

“Langston’s left arm was so sore he couldn’t comb his hair….” and then the next paragraph “Even if Langston could comb his hair, his coif was destined to be messed up.”

Much of the book is like this. The Mariners were on Cloud Nine. But Cloud Nine was a thundercloud, and it would soon be raining on the team’s victory parade…

Anyway, check out “Out of Left Field,” an example of story triumphing over story-telling.

November 26, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

Joe Randa re-signed with Kansas City today. Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief, as we’ll apparently settle for only overpaying for one mediocre ex-Royal.

On a non-baseball note, Happy Thanksgiving to all. If you have the opportunity to spend time with your family in the next few days, do so. Now that I don’t have the luxury of spending all the holidays with my parents and my brother, my appreciation for the amazing gift of families has grown. Enjoy the holidays, and make sure to let your loved ones know how you feel about them.

Also, please send some heat towards the east coast if you have a chance. My extremities will thank you.

November 26, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

Sheffield… that’s about Cameron plus Winn money, no? I have to say, the Ibanez-Ichiro-Sheffield outfield looks a heck of a lot better than the Ibanez-Winn-Ichiro trio the M’s will likely be running out next season. And sure Sheffield’s right-handed, but have you seen the guy (and his numbers)? I’d have no problems sticking him in Safeco and watching him mash. Especially if he’ll take a two- or three-year deal.

Ah, dreams.

And following up on Derek’s most recent post — is anyone out there happy with this article? Grr.

November 26, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

For those of you have already found it, I put chapter two up. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, uh… never you mind.