Game 122, Mariners at Twins
Weird 4:37 start time. RHP Felix Hernandez v RHP Kyle Loshe. Given past usage patterns, this means we’re probably going to start experiencing site slowness… real soon now. The joys of being a non-profit. Please be kind with the reload button, folks.
To catch up on transactions: Gil Meche went on the 15-day DL (knee), Spiezio’s on waivers because you have to put someone through waivers before granting them their release, and Greg Dobbs was called up from Tacoma.
Best quote I read today was Bavasi on putting Spiezio on waivers for purpose of granting him his unconditional release: “We have wrung the rag of opportunity dry.” Heh. Did the tattoo do the twist while you were wringing Spiezio out? Because that would be amusing.
Bavasi also had the second-best quote, when talking about the reputation for grit/etc Spiezio was partly signed for: “I don’t think his desire changed, but nobody slides head-first into the dugout. I don’t think he has lost his grit, or his desire to play.”
That’s a good joke.
Spiezio, displaying a remarkable ability for self-deception, claimed that he’d gotten off to a decent start and then failed, which is… wow. Not really, no. Sorry.
In a twist worthy of a double-take, today’s lineup is essentially the same as we’ve seen every day for a while, but with Greg Dobbs playing DH. Yes, they released Scott Spiezio so they could get Dobbs time at DH. Dobbs does, however, have that great-looking swing. Have you seen it? It looks great.
Also, Miguel Olivo hit his 9th HR of the year for the Padres today.