Post-Labor Day Rambling Blues
Random frivolities while wondering if Jerry Rice will go into the Hall of Fame as a Seahawk …
* An amusing item from today’s Mariners Notebook in the P-I:
ESPN cut to a shot of A’s manager Ken Macha kicking the door off the restroom at the end of the A’s dugout in the bottom of the sixth.
Although it might have looked as if he were kicking the door in frustration, he wasn’t. Blanton, who had kicked the door in frustration, was inside. And his kicks had jammed the door.
Oakland bench coach Rene Lachemann, the former Mariners coach, tried to kick the door back into shape. He was unsuccessful. But martial arts student Macha got it done with a few well-placed kicks.
Note to Mariners: if we brawl with the A’s, don’t assume that Macha’s a pushover because he looks like a medieval studies professor.
Note to Jeff Liefer: might want to see if you can catch on with the A’s. It could save you 20 minutes in a key situation.
* Speaking of the P-I and football, if you like that sport where the ball bounces funny, check out my man Danny O’Neil’s Hawks training camp blog. Rumor has it that other denizens of the M’s blogosphere discuss the pratfalls of the Hometown Eleven fairly regularly, too.
Although now that I think about it, the hobbits in Lord of the Rings say “potato,” but also “tomahto.” This inconsistency is almost as bad as excising the Dernhelm plotline.
Let’s call the whole thing off. As long as we’re discussing pronunciation, though …
* Linguistic conspiracy theory: It cannot be a coincidence that Rick Rizzs pronounces Yorvit Torrealba’s first name exactly the same as he pronounces the appellation of sponsor Jorve Roofing. Clearly, subconscious marketing at work. We should start checking the broadcasts for backward masking.
If I were JoeJessica*, I would see if I could finagle an endorsement deal out of this. “Because everything you call home is … behind the plate”? “Because home is where the catcher is”? Okay, there’s a reason I’m not in advertising.
* Randy Winn, pre-trade: 102 games, six home runs. Randy Winn, post-trade: 32 games, five home runs. Don’t call it a comeback. He’s been here for years. Here’s wishing Winn, a class guy and a quality player, much continued success except during certain obvious interleague play situations.