Game 41, Padres at Mariners
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?