Game Report, Rays over M’s 9-0
Overheard at the ballpark, 8-24-2004: the Ripkin-Costner story, which won’t die
Best crack of the night: Jason, when Bloomquist came up as “Rock You Like A Hurricane” played: “Hurricane? He’s not even a small craft advisory.”
First, the Mariners brought out their stupid beer-garden destroying stands for this homestand. I have no idea why. It’s not as if they needed the capacity, or there’s a marquee matchup this week. Why the team would destroy one of the only unique and cool things about the stadium in order to sell — what, 12 tickets? — is beyond comprehension. Attendance was announced at 34,000, but again, that has to be either sales (as opposed to gate) or a galling lie.
Second, and I’m going to be totally blunt about this —
anyone who thinks scorekeeping isn’t an issue isn’t watching games at Safeco. I’m entirely serious here: when we argue about the importance of runs versus unearned runs, and the issue of scorer subjectivity comes up, that is really important. Tonight there were several plays that should have been errors and in one case *was* an error where the scorekeeper made a different call.
For example: man on third. Jacobsen fields a weak hit to him and stares down the runner at third, who isn’t going but is clearly jerking Jacobsen around. Meanwhile, Boone doesn’t break to cover first but instead takes his time getting there. When Jacobsen finally turns to get the runner, Boone’s not there and… runner safe.
What do you score that?
I score it an error on Jacobsen. There was an out to be made and he didn’t make it. You could even argue an error on Boone for not getting there in time, which might have made up for it, but I think it’s an error on Jacobsen.
You might even argue it’s a fielder’s choice. With no runner on, it’s an out, with the runner on third, something happened… maybe.
What it’s not is an infield single. Which is what it was scored. My scorebook has two more errors than the official count. You can say that scorekeepers don’t score errors on plays that deserve them but certainly don’t score errors on plays that don’t deserve them, thus consistenly moving the bar one direction. And I would say “bah” to you, because that’s crazy. The Safeco Field scorer is so parsimonious with his errors you’d think he had to pull them out of his own wallet.
Madritsch had a great changeup I think may have been the best pitch of the game, thrown with the same arm motion and everything, but it came out at seventy-something and left batters trying to slow their swing while moving the bat out… it was nice.
So here’s my question to you, dear reader: what’re the Mariners going to call those awful seats that destroy the beer garden?
Outfield View Reserved?
Select Outfield View Bleacher?
Garden Club Outfield Centerfield View Box?
And where are they going to stick the next set of seats, and how will they manage to mess up something cool about the stadium?
Selling tickets to the Bullpen Pub
Building a stand of seats over the bullpens
Selling standing room only tickets (this *will* happen if we ever get to the playoffs again and advance)
Oh, Kazmir! Looked shaky. Throws fast. Some of his stuff looked good, some… not so good. He certainly wasn’t a flame-throwing, batter-roasting phenom, but his motion looked pretty smooth (note: my seats don’t have a particularly good view for judging that). He threw a lot of pitches. Looked much less comfortable with men on than with the bases clear, but then, that’s working from the stretch for you.