Game 41, Padres at Mariners

DMZ · May 20, 2005 at 6:49 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Peavy v RHP Franklin, 7:05, FSN. Tonight is “Mariners Collector Train Night — Moose Caboose” which reminds me of an off-color Mariner Moose story.

Ahh, the historic rivalry of the Mariners and Padres (btw, note that this exact matchup, Peavy v Franklin, is a repeat of a game I preview in that two-year old post).

Even the teams that looked like they were going to be easier in this May schedule turned out to be tough: Baltimore, the Padres are both playing well, and only Tampa Bay remains as an opponent we can look down on.

The M’s moved LHP Bobby Madritsch to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for C Pat Borders, sending C Rene Rivera down.

I saw the new Star Wars movie today, and I bring this up not to spark a long off-topic thread (Has Mr. Corcoran seen the movie? Does he have anything to say about movie theaters in Idaho?). Instead, I felt something familiar today. I enjoyed the first trilogy in my younger years, and saw Lucas loot and pillage his own work pointlessly, disappointing with poor decisions and two deeply flawed movies.

Today I didn’t expect to like the movie. And yet I was swayed. It is flawed, as any good review will tell you, but I liked it a lot and for the first time, felt like I’d seen something at least up to Return of the Jedi standards.

This is a lot like I think Mariner fandom is like for us right now. Success and enjoyment of the boom years, even as we might not have been wholly satisfied with what we got from so much potential. After that, tremendous disappointment (Phantom Menace as 2004 season) and now, bafflement (can they be this bad twice in a row?). But even as we contemplate things like “is this season salvagable or should the team punt?” we can enjoy a well-played game that the Mariners come out on top.

Normally, I’d play this into a Doyle reference, but instead — is Borders a Vader character? Is there any other way to explain his ability to play catcher this long than to suppose that every season he has a knee, or an elbow, or a shin, replaced with a cybernetic replacement?


129 Responses to “Game 41, Padres at Mariners”

  1. Dead Ball Tim on May 20th, 2005 10:13 pm

    And one last irony before turning in… Tonight’s Magnolia Moment turned out to be an RBI Sac Fly executed BY San Diego (the catch Ichiro made on it saved a couple of runs by turning it into an out).

  2. Noel on May 20th, 2005 10:28 pm

    Maybe they would have been better off to have no Magnolia Moment in this game… they could have deferred it to a future game.

  3. anotherjeff on May 20th, 2005 11:28 pm

    Totally unrelated to the game, I was just looking at Doyles’ numbers. Damn….

    DOYLE 26 98 21 39 8 0 5 22 62 16 18 0 0 .475 .633 .398 1

    That strikeout to walk ratio is just sick!! I hope he can sustain. Not only in numbers, but in all things Doyle.

    I hope Jose Lopez contiues his hot start.

    Rifkin…I dont know much about him. Not on the Furure Forty. Quick start in the HR category. Thats it. Can someone here enlighten me?

  4. anotherjeff on May 20th, 2005 11:30 pm

    Grrr. Sorry for that numbers mess. It all looked so good before I posted it.

  5. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 12:20 pm

    Little Unit was just sold to Milwaukee, he was throwint 93-4 MPH, he’s at A Brevard County now.

  6. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 12:26 pm

    Sigh … Corcoran, I give up. You have irony-poor blood.

  7. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 12:33 pm

    I am a very literal person.

  8. J on May 21st, 2005 12:38 pm

    Corco baiting can be a cruel and degrading sport.

  9. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 12:38 pm

    Baiting? Now I am confused.

  10. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 12:51 pm

    You have defeated me with your indefagetibly oblivious youthful spirit. I bow … Sensei.

  11. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 12:57 pm

    It’s indefatigably.

  12. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 1:11 pm

    That too.

  13. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 1:15 pm

    Indefagetibly isn’t a word, sir, which I find odd since it appears that you inserted a ridiculously large word in an effort to confuse me more. Then you spelled it wrong. You failed. I win. I really need to stop this. I have a 6 page paper on Thoreau, transcendentalism, and how he was or was not due on Monday for my AP English class, plus I need to mow the lawn and go up to the other house to spray bugs today.

  14. Dead Ball Tim on May 21st, 2005 1:48 pm


    Is it not a word because it was spelled wrong or was it just an incorrectly spelled word? Make up my mind!!! =)

  15. Jeff Sullivan on May 21st, 2005 2:40 pm

    How many of these comments were actually about the game?

  16. Jeff Sullivan on May 21st, 2005 2:43 pm

    …I’ll answer my own question. 57, or less than half.

  17. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 2:55 pm

    In my all “travelogue” questionings of Corcoran in this thread, I was trying to make a point about drifting into irrelevance by being what I THOUGHT was obvious and absurd. Clearly I was too subtle, as Corcoran — bless his sweet guileless heart — took my sarcasm at face value and as such utterly defeated it. And me. David is too smart for me, and as such I will never engage him in relevance warfare again.

  18. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 3:09 pm

    OK. I sprayed bugs and mowed lawn. Now, as for you., when a fellow asks me a question I answer it. If you don’t want it answered, don’t ask. That’s company policy around these parts.

  19. Paul Molitor Cocktail on May 21st, 2005 3:15 pm

    Is indefatigabilation a word?

  20. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 3:21 pm

    No. And Re 116: less than 20% of the posts in this thread are mine. This is a good sign.

  21. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 3:27 pm

    Tacoma’s up 5-2 in the sixth:

    — Baek: 5 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 walks, 5Ks
    — Nunez: 2-for-3, RBI
    — Rifkin: 2-for-2, RBI
    — Hunter Brown: 1-2, 2 RBIs

  22. Josh on May 21st, 2005 3:59 pm

    DJC you also only double posted 3 times, a step in the right direction.

  23. Jim Thomsen on May 21st, 2005 4:15 pm

    Doyle plunked twice. DMZ, drive down immediately and put a stop to this.

  24. eponymous coward on May 21st, 2005 4:57 pm

    This is a good sign.

    No, it’s not.

  25. Pud on May 21st, 2005 5:01 pm

    Just got back from the Rainiers game. Doyle was hit twice, one just grazed him, but the second one hit him in the right wrist. It sounded like it hit him pretty solid, and he left the game immediately. I saw him a few innings later in the dugout with a large ice pack wrapped around it.

    Hopefully he’s alright. The mans been injured enough.

  26. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 5:15 pm

    124: You want me to post more?

  27. pensive on May 21st, 2005 5:43 pm

    DJC..Congradulations on your new Blog venture. Just noticed that your posts are now linked to site. Entertaining but miss your bio.

  28. David J Corcoran on May 21st, 2005 5:45 pm

    I have a bio?

  29. Jeff Sullivan on May 21st, 2005 6:14 pm

    Way off-topic, but Kyle Davies – a guy who Dave talked about several weeks ago – is making his ML debut, and pitching not-awfully against Boston.