M’s v Indians, Sep 6
Mmmm… Meche-a-licious. I’m not sure why anyone thinks Meche is going to contribute to the team next year: there’s a decent chance they won’t even take him to arbitration, where he’ll be compared to other players with his service time and the most the M’s could hope for would be a very slight decrease in the money they’re paying him… and if they want to pay a starter $2m to be ineffective, well, they’ve already got that in Ryan Franklin.
It’s Aaron as “ay-ron” by the way, as he’ll be happy to tell you.
Mickey Lopez in Tacoma: switch-hitter, played 100 games at 2B, hit .286/.369/.440. And we’re starting Bloomquist at first tonight.
Greg Dobbs in Tacoma: .271, .286, .416 … but in San Antonion, .325/.373/.507. Not a man who takes his walks, Dobbs.
Jeremy Reed rocks. Seriously. I can’t believe we got him and Miguel Olivo for Freddy Garcia.
When Niehaus called that Omar non-walk walk I was wincing, saying “Come on, notice, notice…”
Mmm.. Meche-a-licious. Travis Hafner should send Meche a nice thank-you note after Meche went to all the trouble of putting that ball on a platter.
Thought of you when talking about this season to my mother. Thank you for your recent pitch of September 6th, which I hit for a home run. It was delicious, both in speed and presentation, and I look forward to meeting you in future games.
7:40 — Also, Omar sends his regards.
7:58 — did you see that pitch Meche threw? It was a curve, huge break, hit about mid-plate on the lefty batting box inside line and bounced (it seemed) straight up. Olivo wathced it fly off — and it never lands, apparantly flying — where, the second deck? Did it veer off to the left somehow?
Weirdest pitch I’ve seen in a while.
8:02 — what’s Edgar got to do to get a fricking double this year?
8:03 — Ibanez grounds into another DP. Did you know that Ibanez is a clutch hitter and x of his y home runs tied the game or gave the M’s the lead? Seriously, clutch.
8:05 — Commercial break! If that White Sox fan wanted to hurt the Cubs, he’d make sure Sosa was in the lineup this year. Yeagh.
If you were at a car dealership and a crazy eighteen-wheeler came screaming into the parking lot like some meth-addicted banshee with a death wish, spinning out, disgorging cars everywhere, wouldn’t you walk off the lot? Who would want to buy a car that endures that kind of treatment in delivery?
8:08 the curve that made Belliard look stupid is part of the reason people keep insisting Meche is a starter of the future… Ron Fairly’s now claiming that being consistent is the difference between Gil now and early in the season, even as he mentions that Gil has a feel for the curveball and didn’t the last start. Memo to Ron Fairly: the definition of consistency… oh, it’s not like Fairly reads memos anyway.
8:11 Ron, here’s the thing — an umpire’s not supposed to call times if the pitcher’s in his wind-up. It’s not just “he doesn’t always” — it’s in the rules.
8:13 A rare unintentional glimpse inside the M’s broadcast booth as they turn the mikes on early
Valle: Robby, Robby, my ties are looking… proper
(presumably Robby): That’s up there (muffled– ?)
Rizzs (annoyed): Allright, Valle, you want to sit down so they can get a shot?
Valle (curt): Save it, Ric-o (?)
Rizzs: Here we go (clears throat, pause, switch to fake enthusiastic voice) And welcome back to Safeco Field….
I love how incoherent the announcers are if you really listen closely. Dropped words, mixed metaphors, weird sentence construction… I’m not saying I’d want to work a game where you have to talk for three hours, around action that’s unpredictable in rhythm and nature, but… come on now.
The huge downside to the TV/radio swapover isn’t just that you’re forced to listen to Rizzs no matter which way you’re watching, it’s also that you’re forced to listen to the crew that comes on second repeat the obvious information nuggets already mined by the first crew.
8:22 — I’m not saying that you have to be a great hitter to be a great commentator, but to hear Valle talk about the amount of concentration it requires to have a five-hit game… what do you know, Valle? If you concentrated super-extra-hard, maybe the key to being a good hitter is relaxation.
8:26 — Ichiro’s averaging 1.7 hits/game. At this rate he should break the single-season record about twenty games from now, about during the late-September road trip to Oakland. Unless he goes absolutely insane and manages it before the 20th, he’s not going to do it at home.
8:32 — I also love that the Dairy Council of Washington or whoever want you to have three servings of dairy products a day. Hey, guess what? The Zumsteg Advisory Board recommends that everyone send me a crisp $20 bill every day. It’s for your own good, really.
8:46 — Masao Kida! A reason to watch the rest of the game — crazy guys you may not have seen before!