Just in case you forgot

Dave · April 7, 2006 at 12:41 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Happy Felix Day.

The King takes his throne in just over five hours.

Oh, and he turns 20 tomorrow.


276 Responses to “Just in case you forgot”

  1. Mat on April 7th, 2006 8:39 pm

    “Is the ball not allowed to hit hte baserunner in the hand? I thought thats why you went in hard and made them throw around you.”

    I think it has more to do with where Beltre was than it has to do with the ball hitting him. I’m not sure about the letter of the law, but I think the spirit of the rule is that the baserunner is supposed to be near enough to second base to touch it. If Beltre had reached out more with his left hand, he probably would’ve touched second base. But, he didn’t actually reach out to brush over the base, so I guess if the rule says you have to actually touch the base if you go past it, then Beltre would’ve been in violation of the rule.

    Still, I can’t think of a time I’ve ever seen that called.

  2. Mr. Egaas on April 7th, 2006 8:42 pm

    Petagine to pinch hit for Willie Ballgame here. Too little, too late.

  3. dkulich44 on April 7th, 2006 8:42 pm

    Once again, I’m drunk, but unfortunately couldn’t see most of the game. But what I learned today is No Willie in lineup = HITS!… Willie in lineup = No Hits 🙁 I want Jose.

  4. harry on April 7th, 2006 8:42 pm

    Well, that sucked.

  5. carcinogen on April 7th, 2006 8:43 pm

    ouch…man alive that was a stinker :-S

  6. Paul Covert on April 7th, 2006 8:45 pm

    So, with Betancourt having hit for himself in the ninth, the question now becomes:

    What’s the likelihood of Petagine setting an all-time club record with a 5.000 season-long OPS (1 or more plate appearances)?

    (Translation: Will they just send him down for Lawton’s return, without even bothering to get him off the bench again after his one swing against the Angels?)

  7. MedicineHat on April 7th, 2006 8:54 pm

    From rototimes:

    Manager Mike Hargrove stated on Friday that there would be times when Felix Hernandez (P) Sea would be skipped in the starting rotation, according to the AP. The Mariners’ plan is to limit the youngster to 200 innings this year. However, if the team is in the hunt for a playoff spot at the end of the season, the skipper is willing to reconsider. If we’re in the mix in September, I’m sure we’ll revisit that,” Hargrove said

  8. JI on April 7th, 2006 9:16 pm

    If I have to listen to another Hendu rant about how the A’s don’t steal bases I’m gonna stab someone.

    It may also prove useful to have another backup infielder so we can PH for HACKING MASSters like WFB and Betancourt. Pertagine probably should have led off the 7th(???) for WFB. Oh well.

    Also, did Grover really walk Jason Kendall, or did I just imagine that?

  9. Jim Thomsen on April 7th, 2006 9:16 pm

    I don’t worry about skipping Felix as much as I worry they WON’T skip Moyer in the six ballparks in which he absolutely can’t pitch effectively (Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Tropicana, Comerica, SkyDome, Network Associates). His ERAs there the last few years are insanely high. Yet, nobody talks about this.

  10. JI on April 7th, 2006 9:20 pm


    Hey, we talk about it.

    I don’t see why we’d need to skip El Rey. 32*6=192 I believe, and he only went five tonight, and there’s bound to be a couple stinkers where he only lasts 3 or 4 IP.

  11. Deanna on April 7th, 2006 9:31 pm

    Hey, I went to Safeco to see a young pitcher pitch a great game, and I saw that. Unfortunately, it was Joe Blanton. But still.

    Willie Bloomquist tossed me a baseball before the game, too!

  12. Jeff Nye on April 7th, 2006 9:42 pm

    Did you throw it back?

  13. davepaisley on April 7th, 2006 9:54 pm

    Man, that was SO 2005…

  14. dw on April 7th, 2006 10:28 pm

    Willie Bloomquist tossed me a baseball before the game, too!

    Man, what woman won’t he hit on?

  15. Deanna on April 7th, 2006 10:34 pm

    Uh, excuse me?

  16. Paul Covert on April 7th, 2006 10:38 pm

    Well, at least the M’s have solved their problem of guys getting thrown out trying to take the extra base….

  17. joealb on April 7th, 2006 10:45 pm

    Hey DW, I went to you link on your name and I could not keep this private so I’ll say this and I hope you read it before our friendly moderators delete it but please read your last post. Why would you insult someone like that?

  18. BelaXadux on April 7th, 2006 11:29 pm

    Fuggedible, dat.

  19. dw on April 7th, 2006 11:36 pm

    Er, that didn’t come out right at all. I need to hire an editor.

    I was referring to someone at the feed saying that WFB was hitting on his girlfriend. So, that was supposed to be, “Hey, he just doesn’t stop!”

    Sorry, Deanna. Feel free to thwap me really hard next time you see me. Maybe my brain will start working again if you do.

  20. mln on April 8th, 2006 1:06 am

    The Mariners score a grand total of 0 runs against the A’s, and Willie Bloomquist just so happens to be in the line up.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    I blame Willie. He brings some kind of weird negative aura to the lineup.

    Everything is Willie’s fault.

  21. daaronb on April 8th, 2006 7:14 am

    “Blanton isn’t this good people”

    “91 mph fastballs that don’t move very well. That’s basically all Blanton is throwing. The heck? This should be relative batting practice to major league hitters.”

    “We’re guessing badly and making him look like a Cy Young candidate.”

    ” If it’s against Randy Johnson, I’m fine with it.
    Against Joe Blanton, I’m screaming.”

    Funny quotes when Sexton said Blanton’s fastball would come out of the dugout and break over the plate. Last year, Blyleven said Blanton had the best right handed curve in the AL. Blyleven would know a thing or 2 about a right handed curve. After a tough May, Blanton’s June-on ERA was 2.5.

    He is a very good pitcher and should have had 15-18 wins last year in his rookie year had the A’s not put up fewer runs per game for him than any pitcher since 1984.

    He does not have the stuff Felix has, but who does? Still, Blanton has very deceptive stuff to the average fan.

  22. Brian Rust on April 8th, 2006 9:20 am

    Don’t be dissing on Blanton. He was, after all, the second player the A’s took in the Moneyball draft.

  23. Mr. Egaas on April 8th, 2006 9:58 am

    Right behind Nick Swisher wearing the Golden Sombrero on Gil Meche night.

  24. Gomez on April 8th, 2006 11:57 am

    daaron, that sounds ominously similar to what people said about some guy named Greg Maddux.

  25. Ed on April 8th, 2006 1:50 pm

    So Felix was up in the zone, frequently missed his spots, and his velocity was about 2-3 mph less than we’re used to. And the A’s still couldn’t do much other than make him leave after 5 instead of 7 or 8.

    Good times.

  26. daaronb on April 8th, 2006 3:13 pm


    It seems like every finesse pitcher that comes up now days gets compared to Maddox. Maddox is/was a very special athlete who could field and throw.

    I don’t think he will ever have a Maddox career. Watching Joe run to cover first is scary to say the least.

    However, my point was that losing to Blanton is no shame. He is a very good pitcher. Probably the best pitcher on the A’s staff not named Harden.

    Ironically, Blanton had a better ERA last year than Randy Johnson.

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