Cinco de Mayo

DMZ · May 5, 2006 at 1:23 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Ahhhh, the 5th of May, another holiday that makes it socially acceptable to drink hard alcohol in the workplace. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I do love a nice tequila. Good job, Mexico, killing up those French dudes.

PI: Sexson may not start today, either.

“That’s the happiest I’ve ever been with Gil,” Chaves said, noting that Meche allowed just two singles and two walks in six innings before running into a little trouble in the seventh.

“It wasn’t just the results. It was the intensity, too. And it was the direction (of his body) toward the plate. It’s the first time I’ve seen exactly what I liked from Gil.”

And Guardado, you may have heard — not the closer.

So the Seattle Times has a story on Guardado losing the official closer sticker (but has a much more interesting story about some cool things Boeing’s mulling over).


28 Responses to “Cinco de Mayo”

  1. Joey on May 5th, 2006 1:30 am

    Patron anyone?

  2. matthew on May 5th, 2006 7:07 am

    i’m surprised there’s been no links to the last two “go 2 guy” columns…. i mean, i know ussmariner is no big fan of moore’s writing, but it’s nice to finally see someone (anyone) in the local papers lambasting the mariners organization 🙂 then again, it wasn’t just anyone… it was the fans’ letters…

    or maybe i just missed it…

  3. matthew on May 5th, 2006 7:13 am

    Maybe the Red Sox would accept a package of Everett and Meche for Patrón.

    If Bavasi gets real creative he could find a 3rd partner and we could get some Salt and Limes for Washburn.

  4. matthew on May 5th, 2006 7:15 am

    Ah, and don’t forget some Chips and Salsa from Mama’s Mexican Kitchen for Guardado and Hargrove. I guarantee that the busboy that brings them both to the table can both close and manage better than those two.

  5. Zero Gravitas on May 5th, 2006 7:31 am

    I love it that “Guardado being pulled from M’s closer role” is the #1 most-read story on

  6. petec on May 5th, 2006 7:32 am

    This from one of the letters in Moore’s column:

    “This team needs a manager who can tell the players they either play up to expectations or get off the pot”

    Talk about your mixed metaphors. I know that when I’m on the pot, I always, always try to live up to expectations. Anything less than giving my best is a grave disappointment.

  7. matthew on May 5th, 2006 7:36 am

    5: There must be some mention of the Enumclaw horse sex story in it.

  8. matthew on May 5th, 2006 7:38 am

    6: It’s always difficult to live up to expectations.

  9. Tek Jansen on May 5th, 2006 8:21 am

    #6 — I don’t have the courage to ever read a Moore column, and the quote you pull is why. That is truly dreadful writing. Moore’s quote is now being entered into my personal “worst line by a sportswriter for 2006” contest.

  10. msb on May 5th, 2006 8:22 am

    the letters were linked to yesterday; personally, I found them pretty much irritating, not unlike the Sunday Times sprots section ‘letters to the editor’, which often seem to begin, “Steve Kelley is right…”

    Today, Moore tells us that he actually listened to the radio broadcast yesterday.
    Also in columnistland McGrath has a general run-down of the M’s so far, claiming to be accentuating the positive.

    oh, and the quote of the day? Recall the notes out of Chicago that the Sox pitching coach had found & fixed the flaw in Thornton’s delivery?

    From Matt today: “The very first thing (White Sox pitching coach) Don Cooper told me when I got here was the last thing (Mariners pitching coach) Rafael Chaves told me before I left,” said Thornton.”

  11. Brian Rust on May 5th, 2006 8:24 am

    Trying to link from work to matthew’s (deleted?) link in #8:

    “The Websense category “Tasteless” is filtered.”

  12. petec on May 5th, 2006 8:31 am

    re: .9 –

    While I agree Moore is a cretin, the line quoted above was from a letter written by a reader. Of course, Moore chose to print it.

    re: .11 – do yourself a favor and don’t look at that link. It’s truly alarming and disturbing, though strangely fascinating!

  13. Safeco Hobo on May 5th, 2006 8:35 am

    Anybody else notice that as of this morning Beltre’s and Sexson’s AB’s, Hits, Average, and OBP are identical (107, 22, .206, and .292)? Sexson has the higher slugging, more HR’s, and RBI’s while leading the team in strike outs. Beltre has more SB, but a slugging percentage of .271.

    It seems like just yesterday i was praying for the bottom third of the line up to get a hit, get hit, walk, or do ANYTHING at the plate…..Now i’m doing the same for the middle third?!?!?!? My how things have changed!

  14. DMZ on May 5th, 2006 8:59 am

    I’m always amazed at Moore’s ability to take a potentially interesting topic, like the amount of advertising in broadcasts, and turn it into a boring and unremarkable column. I’ve been working on something similar and was worried I’d have to discard it. Fortunately, I’m cool.

  15. leetinsleyfanclub on May 5th, 2006 9:03 am


    What did Cooper and Chaves both tell Thornton … “You suck”?

  16. Brian Rust on May 5th, 2006 9:22 am

    Moore was the only print columnist who considered a rehashing of Carl Everett’s outspoken opinions worthy of an entire column.

  17. Evan on May 5th, 2006 9:31 am

    Good job, Mexico, killing up those French dudes.

    Perhaps, in honour of that event, we should all wear shirts featuring this design:

    i’m in ur base, killin ur d00ds

  18. Tek Jansen on May 5th, 2006 9:32 am

    Oops. My mistake. Yet I could see Moore writing something similar to that.

  19. ramarules on May 5th, 2006 9:37 am

    [steroid allegation, error-riddled]

  20. Brian Rust on May 5th, 2006 9:39 am

    In other baseball news, I couldn’t find a mention of this in the Seattle papers, but this is the hottest pitching matchup in the Northwest today: Lincecum vs. Buck.

    “Dallas Buck” has to rank pretty high on the great-baseball-player-name scale.

  21. msb on May 5th, 2006 9:48 am

    #19– dang, and I had a snotty response all prepared.

  22. Gregor on May 5th, 2006 2:03 pm

    Funny, I thought it was the White Sox who needed a manager telling his players to get off the pot.

  23. joser on May 5th, 2006 2:21 pm

    22: Whoah. Maybe we’ve been completely misjudging Moore. Perhaps his articles are actually allegories about other subjects entirely, which is why they make so little sense when read literally. He’s really writing about Freddy’s recent problems. White Sox. White Foot. Rabbit Foot. White Rabbit. Now it all becomes clear. I am the walrus.

  24. joser on May 5th, 2006 2:22 pm

    Sorry, I forgot:

    Koo Koo Ka Choo

  25. Steve T on May 5th, 2006 2:56 pm

    Mama’s is “the best Mexican food in the state”? Blech. Not Mexican, not good, barely food at all. Try the taco truck up in the McDonald’s parking lot near Northgate, or Chili Pepper in Wallingford, or the run-down joint in Shelton, or several places in Yakima, or best of all, Muy Macho in South Park. There are ten thousand Mexican restaurants in WA better than Mama’s. Friggin’ Guadalajara is better than Mama’s.

  26. Steve T on May 5th, 2006 3:08 pm

    On the good news side, BP says we have the fifth-best rotation in the AL. Even Felix, while somewhat disappointing, hasn’t been “Oh my god, I wanna kill myself, I wish we had Sele and Franklin back” disappointing.

  27. msb on May 5th, 2006 3:45 pm

    apparently, Jim Moore’s column today did one good thing, it reminded Gros&Gas of Jeff Hoyt & Ken Boynton’s 2001 imaginary Texas/Mariners game (originally done for Rewind) with the Texas broadcasters tucking in some new sponsorships to help the Rangers pay for acquiring Alex — KJR plans to get a link to it up on their site, but it is also still available on the NPR site.

  28. ray on May 5th, 2006 5:23 pm

    Well, at least Moore had the guts to print something that goes against the FO PR. I mean the Seattle Times is so APish in their writing and have so few articles about the M’s that I even wonder why read their articles. On a side note: remember when both papers used to do farm reports and other tidbits weekly? I doubt we’ll ever see that again

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