Today’s articles

DMZ · March 4, 2005 at 11:31 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Finnigan in the Times on Felix Hernandez. Lots of quotes on the team’s plans for the King.

Finnigan also notes that Richie Sexson checked a swing without tearing his shoulder up. Spring training, this is news.

Hickey’s in the PI on Jeremy Reed and Olivo’s arm impressing Hargrove.

Is there anyone Hargrove hasn’t been impressed with so far? I half expect him to be quoted praising the hot dog vendors at this rate.


60 Responses to “Today’s articles”

  1. Taylor Davis on March 5th, 2005 12:57 pm

    The Sexson article did include mention of the M’s agreement with Azteca Mexican restraunts. They should have thrown in a Hargrove quote there…

  2. Evan on March 5th, 2005 1:27 pm

    Niehaus is the Murray Walker of baseball announcers. His style is excellent, even if his facts are suspect.

  3. paul mocker on March 5th, 2005 1:38 pm

    Fairly is good when he offers true insights about the players and action on the field. When did he start playing ball? The late 1950’s? His wisdom is without parallel but he doesn’t show it as much as I would like. (Perhaps it is because he has very little time with all the commercials and jibber jabber from Riz and Niehaus.)

    Occassionally, he will criticize a player. Think about how rare that is.

  4. paul mocker on March 5th, 2005 1:41 pm

    Agree with Evan about Niehaus’ style. I love when he describes an exciting play without pausing to breathe….the player slides home……and, listening at home, I know he must be turning red and about to pass out. But then he continues and his lungs must be beyond bursting point.

    He can be fun.

    But mostly he advertises Jorve Roofing.

  5. paul mocker on March 5th, 2005 1:46 pm

    Oh, and no one in the game today compares with Vin Scully.

    The broadcast from the modern announcers can’t compare because of all the commercials they have to announce. Buck is eloquent be the constraints FOX puts on their broadcaster make it impossible for any stories to be told.

    I should try to dig up some of the tapes I did in the mid 70s of Scully and Ross Porter. Ah, to be young. Now I getting verklempt!

    I’ll give you a topic – Roman soldiers were vegetarians. Is it because the pizza was so tasty.

  6. John D. on March 5th, 2005 3:26 pm

    Does anyone know of a site where one can get the play-by-play account of Friday’s and Saturday’s games? I have a theory, and need this information. [I plan to score the reminder of the Spring games.]

  7. John D. on March 5th, 2005 3:51 pm

    Re (# 48) The Adventures of Benji: The summaries in the P-I and TIMES had Green or Sean Green pitching the seventh. Nevertheless, ROTOWORLD picked up on it: “Benji Gil didn’t pitch the eighth inning yesterday. It was a box score error.
    “Sean Green, the prospect the Mariners acquired from Colorado in the Aaron Taylor trade, worked the scoreless inning. Gil will attempt to make the Mariners by showing he can play most positions, but pitcher apparently isn’t one of them. Mar. 5 – 2:36 pm et.”
    [Too bad! For a while, I thought we had a mopper-upper (and that Willie’s chances had taken a hit).)

  8. AK1984 on March 5th, 2005 7:04 pm


    I am wholly aware of how I come off as arrognat, etc.; my main qualm, though, is with how some people are unaware of how they come off as arrogant. My main issue is with self-awareness.

  9. Harry on March 5th, 2005 10:01 pm

    #58: AK1984, no, it’s not your main issue at all. It’s to act superior, to acquire some credibility by trying to steal it from those that have some. Criticism can be offered without insult, and you chose not to go that way.

  10. firova on March 6th, 2005 10:22 am

    I moved away from the area in the early 90s, and by the time I began listening to the games again on, the number of announcers had tripled (not counting pre- and postgame crews), the on-air commercials had at least quadrupled, and the broadcast is a bizarre mishmash of infotainment and hucksterism. I still love listening to Niehaus, but what is really missing is the sense that Niehaus is talking directly to the listener. Having a partner at all times means we are listening to someone else’s conversation, and it just isn’t as satisfying. That, plus the endless mini-live spots and promotions, the Rick Rizzs credibility problem, and Dave Henderson’s ramblings make Fairly seem like the most steady of the bunch, unfortunately. The things people are noticing about Niehaus are exactly the things that began to tell with another great broadcaster at about the same age, Jack Buck.
    I still think six innings of Dave Niehaus and three of Ken Wilson, with the two of them hardly ever conversing with each other, was the best program the team ever had, making it possible to endure doubleheader road losses in Cleveland. About all that is left is the rare “fly away” and Farmers Insurance. But I’ll be listening this year, of course, and savoring the chance to hear Dave Niehaus while I still can. Maybe next year for the Hall of Fame.