Game 55, Devil Rays at Mariners

DMZ · June 5, 2005 at 12:46 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Hideo Nomo v LHP Jamie Moyer. 1:05, FSNW (“Where Northwest fans come first in ads aired on this channel”)

So something else to watch for — the Mariners, in their game notes all season, have been making subtle arguments that Bret Boone’s a future Hall of Famer. They’re providing “of all second basemen, he’s 5th overall in home runs” and so on.

I don’t think he is, clearly, but it’s been interesting to see this. There’s a general belief based on things that’ve happened in the last few years that the Mariners tend to prep the community for players leaving by trying to seed the dandelions of discontent* well in advance of the departure. But Boone’s would seem to pretty clearly headed elsewhere after this year, and the publicity guys are pumping up his historic achievements? It’s odd.

* sorry, been weeding this morning


167 Responses to “Game 55, Devil Rays at Mariners”

  1. TaeBo Jackson on June 5th, 2005 4:08 pm

    The money is starting to pay off.

    Congrats to AB on his 1,000th hit, and the M’s on a nice win!

  2. Noel on June 5th, 2005 4:09 pm

    Another 2:59 game?! Just like yesterday.

  3. Mr. Egaas on June 5th, 2005 4:10 pm

    Love those Sunday walk-offs.

  4. Joel on June 5th, 2005 4:11 pm

    Did anyone see Sexson rebuff Brian Davis’ post-game interview request?

  5. AK1984 on June 5th, 2005 4:11 pm

    Instead of Rick Rizzs, Brian Davis ought to announce the M’s games; also, anyone would be better than either Hendu or Valle — sans Matt Morrison — as an analyst.

  6. Jeremy on June 5th, 2005 4:14 pm


    Brian Davis should still be doing the Seahawks games.

    This isn’t a Seahawks blog however, so I’ll leave it at that.

    You know where to go if you want to talk Seahawks in the Mariner blogosphere.

  7. msb on June 5th, 2005 4:15 pm

    you aren’t really advocating Brian Davis to do anything, are you? That was a humorous little joke, right?

  8. Paul Molitor Cocktail on June 5th, 2005 4:16 pm

    Didn’t Pat’s mother teach him not to talk with his mouth full?

  9. bookbook on June 5th, 2005 4:17 pm

    The obvious response to Boone’s HoF bid isn’t Kent, it’s Lou Whitaker and Bobby Grich. Is anyone out there going to take Boone’s career over either of theirs?

    Will either of them ever make the HoF?

    Two Nos, and Boone’s sitting back at 3rd string (at best) in the bench of the very good.

  10. G-Man on June 5th, 2005 4:19 pm

    #154, no, thanks for the info. I thought it was funny to interview Boone, when Beltre, Sexson and Winn seemed more likely subjects. Same for Borders. Hey, at least they didn’t talk to Nellie.

  11. msb on June 5th, 2005 4:22 pm

    boy, Matt Morrison is just bad. He can’t do a live read of cue cards, and then he opens an interview with someone like Borders by denigrating the opposition. just not smart.

  12. G-Man on June 5th, 2005 4:28 pm

    I just saw the replay on Morse’s error. That’s the second time this week that Sexson missed a bounced throw that was reasonably catchable, or at least knockdownable.

    OTOH, the D-Rays gave up 2 straight game winners with bad glove work – the plays that Sanchez made last night and Crawford today

  13. JeffF on June 5th, 2005 4:34 pm

    Maybe it’s just because I’m ancient, and can relate to Borders, but he just looks better and better to me. It may be entirely a coincidence that the M’s have improved since he showed up, but it’s an interesting coincidence if so.

  14. Scraps on June 5th, 2005 5:52 pm

    The failure of Lou Whitaker to get any Hall of Fame support is an indictment of the baseball knowledge of the writers. He was the best second baseman in baseball between Joe Morgan and Ryne Sandberg, and I believe he fell off the ballot after one damned year. I don’t think he necessarily should be in the Hall, but he ought to have received serious consideration. One of the remarkable things about his career is that he was good to the end, too; there’s no steep decline in his last years.

    Alan Trammell hasn’t received as much support as he should, either, but at least he’s still on the ballot.

  15. Deanna on June 5th, 2005 6:44 pm

    You would think that Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell would have gone into the HOF together, wouldn’t you?

    As for attendance today — yes, it was 40k people or so, but they were spaced out really weird. Sections of field seating were empty, and large sections (ie, everything over right field) of View Box were empty, but ALL of view reserved was full of people. I mean, every last section. I don’t know if it was little leaguers or groups or what, but the cheap seats were filled to the gills, while there were big open chunks of space and some completely empty sections still in the expensive seats.

    Fun game. I felt bad, but I enjoyed watching Huff drop Winn’s almost-homer in the 5th. Serves to remind us that not everyone who steps into right field in Safeco is going to be anywhere near as cool as Ichiro.

  16. Smegmalicious on June 5th, 2005 7:31 pm

    I saw this game live from the 5th row, about halfway down the M’s dugout. Best seats I’ve ever had. Man it was nice to be actually touching the dugout!!!

    Some notes:
    -Moyer looked like butt until the 5th
    -The upm seemed really inconsistent
    -On that note, when he rung Boonie up on that called third strike, Boone came back to the dugout, threw his gear down and shouted at full volume, “HOW THE FUCK WAS THAT A STRIKE” 5 or 6 times loud enough that we could hear him easily
    -When Sexson struck out with the bases loaded he came back to the dugout and broke his bat on one of the posts. I’m not sure if you could see it on TV, but the broken bat nearly decapitated the ball boy
    -Morse is terrible
    -That last inning was glorious

    All in all a good time at the park!

  17. DoesntCompute on June 5th, 2005 8:01 pm

    My gardening tip:

    Convince the wife that you believe all the green things are weeds. It has worked for me. In the last 13 years, I have never been asked to weed anything.