Wednesday: would this season start already? Please?

DMZ · March 29, 2006 at 1:43 am · Filed Under Mariners 

PI: Random notebook stuff, including this cool tidbit:

Rafael Soriano was warming up in the bottom of the third inning when Betancourt homered into the bullpen. Without stepping off the mound, Soriano caught the ball on the fly, flipped the ball into the stands and continued warming up.

Both Beltre and Sexson should be sluggers, but one was not. Hickey analyzes the M’s and calls Everett and Washburn “nice additions”. Also, on Betancourt batting second:

Betancourt has worked all spring on hitting to the right side of the diamond, and he should be a good bunter and hit-and-run threat.

Be afraid, fans.

TNT has two bits on Reed: the medical story, the inspiring luck turning story.

Times: Guardado is a prankster. In tomorrow’s paper: dog bites man.


20 Responses to “Wednesday: would this season start already? Please?”

  1. Steve T on March 29th, 2006 3:07 am

    Re: Betancourt’s swell bunting and hit’n’running: “M’s lose another, 4-1; can’t get offense started” is a headline I expect to see about 90 times this year. That and “Sexson homers; twenty-ninth solo this year”.

  2. floydr on March 29th, 2006 7:32 am

    The David Locke column on whether to foul or not in basketball was also interesting (although I’m not passing judgement on whether his analysis is correct or not – at first reading it is.)

    But it does point out the fact that coaches/managers don’t play the odds very often – certainly the sacrifice bunt is a sore spot to many of us baseball statheads.

  3. Replacement level Poster on March 29th, 2006 8:08 am

    Sheesh, who would have thought Eddie was a prankster? I wonder how long Twins fans had to put up with that as a spring article.

  4. msb on March 29th, 2006 8:16 am

    going a different direction, the Herald has Oldham & Wood. Oh, and Jeremy.

    and if there was anything to those John Thomson trade rumors, he now has a tender elbow, so any talks are on the shelf

  5. msb on March 29th, 2006 8:19 am

    oh, and the Indians have locked up Grady for 6 more years…

  6. ConorGlassey on March 29th, 2006 8:25 am

    Also in the Times – Felix will wear #34 this season.

  7. Mr. Egaas on March 29th, 2006 8:28 am

    Soriano is such a badass.

  8. David J. Corcoran on March 29th, 2006 8:29 am

    amen to dat.

  9. deltwelve on March 29th, 2006 8:35 am

    Wow, those aren’t pranks. Eddie’s just sadistic.

  10. phildopip on March 29th, 2006 8:42 am

    Dammit. I created Felix in my MLB ’04 and have two season under his belt as #58. I’M SCREWED!

  11. msb on March 29th, 2006 8:47 am

    #9–well, he seems to have missed some of Buhner’s classics, like the plastic wrapped toilet… and of course, vomiting on cue.

  12. Rain Delay on March 29th, 2006 8:49 am

    Also in the Times – Felix will wear #34 this season.

    Damn it! I knew he was going to end up switching #’s. Which makes the Tshirt I got at SafeCo last year, old news.

  13. msb on March 29th, 2006 8:54 am

    nah, it’ll just show that you were a fan before all the johnny-come-latelys…. like wearing a USSM t-shirt!

  14. vj on March 29th, 2006 9:08 am

    My favorite Guardado ‘prank’: Barfing on the mound before collecting a save.
    (no, I don’t have the link handy and no time to look for it right now…)

  15. msb on March 29th, 2006 9:19 am

    unlike Buhner, I don’t believe that one was intentional. That was excess rosin.

  16. ConorGlassey on March 29th, 2006 9:20 am

    msb – I’ve also heard that Buhner used to do something really nasty to the opposing team’s soap dispenser, and he used to walk around the clubhouse wearing only a bagel.

  17. msb on March 29th, 2006 9:28 am

    IIRC, it was a bagel and a pair of black socks.

    It sure would make you look at the training table differently.

  18. Dave in Palo Alto on March 29th, 2006 9:39 am

    Hot sauce in the jockstrap. Get it?

  19. pitchblende on March 29th, 2006 1:06 pm

    Wow, those aren’t pranks. Eddie’s just sadistic

    I agree. If he poured a can of soda down my throat while I was sleeping, the first thing I’d do after recovering is punch him in the face.

    Anyone ever consider that he might be hurting “team chemistry” with his b.s.?

  20. Evan on March 29th, 2006 2:45 pm

    I’m with pitchblende. I don’t take kindly to being assaulted.

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