Off days are boring days

DMZ · May 12, 2006 at 11:14 am · Filed Under General baseball, Mariners 

In the TNT, they talk to Julio Mateo about his brother. Other than that, we’re reduced to stories on Kevin Appier and noting that Rick Sutcliffe was more incoherent than expected.


30 Responses to “Off days are boring days”

  1. msb on May 12th, 2006 11:37 am

    the Times has a swell Mark Harrison photo of Appier looking like Popeye, and calls the Tacoma clubhouse cozy– where Andriesen in the PI refers to the “sweat-stinking, cramped clubhouse” and talks a bit about other major-leaguers hanging around the minors like Borders & Henderson….

  2. revbill on May 12th, 2006 11:47 am

    Why did Sutcliffe have to apologize? I blame Bill Murray. And to be fair, from the audio clip, Sutcliffe probably has no recollection of going on the air.

    I would love for the Mariners to replace the junior broadcaster half inning with the “rambling drunk ex-player” half inning.

  3. Replacement level poster on May 12th, 2006 11:49 am

    I miss Rickey Henderson. I might be the only person who actually bought a Rickey Henderson Mariners jersey. Ah to be 21, at a baseball game, drunk, and see your all time favorite player after he just got traded to your favorite team. That was an impulse purchase if I’ve ever made one.

    I still feel silly for owning it.

  4. Jack Howland on May 12th, 2006 11:51 am

    In other news:

    Florida: OF Joe Borchard went 2 for 5 with a home run and a career-high four runs batted in Wednesday. “He’s a mature player and a switch-hitter,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He offers us a different look.” Borchard was claimed off waivers from Seattle on May 3.

  5. msb on May 12th, 2006 11:56 am

    Now on KJR. Ichiro. Overpaid, overrated, his best days behind him?

  6. Joe C. in Buffalo on May 12th, 2006 12:02 pm

    Yeah, Ichiro’s a bum. It’s obviously time to just cut our losses and walk away. Trade him while we can still get an intriguing prospect or something.

  7. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 12:10 pm

    I believe it was Dick Fain who said that he would trade Ichiro! and his 11 mil. per year salary for Griffey. Now that is some baseball acumen. Older, more injury prone, and just as expensive. (I don’t have complete contract details, but I recollect that their salaries are not that disproportionate.)

  8. revbill on May 12th, 2006 12:18 pm

    I’d rather hit myself in the head with a hammer than listen to Softy and Fain talk about the Mariners.

  9. msb on May 12th, 2006 12:19 pm

    oh lordy. The Willie bandwagon is picking up speed.

  10. Joe C. in Buffalo on May 12th, 2006 12:20 pm

    Well, he is the best centerfielder on the team, after all.

  11. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 12:21 pm

    Yeah, according to those guys, Willie should be starting every game. They must be friends of Bob Melvin.

  12. msb on May 12th, 2006 12:22 pm

    and he is hitting the best, so are you going to sit him for three days just because you see three righthanders????? Dang, I think I have to go back to NPR.

  13. morisseau on May 12th, 2006 12:23 pm

    here’s a clip of Sut:

    pretty funny.

  14. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 12:26 pm

    I am not technologically inclined, so I can’t provide a link, but has the Sutcliffe episode. I can’t believe that they left him on camera and kept his mic on for that long. He sounds tanked, really tanked.

  15. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 12:26 pm

    Fortunately, morisseau is technologically inclined.

  16. Bender on May 12th, 2006 12:39 pm

    Oh man, that clip is painful. It must suck to have to announce through that.

    Also, KJR are a bunch of monkeys. They don’t care about the team or baseball or logic they only care about ratings. The things that will get the ratings are talking about hometown boys and controversial topics. Don’t tune in there if you want to learn anything or hear anything intelligent.

  17. Mat on May 12th, 2006 12:40 pm

    He sounds tanked, really tanked.

    Listening to it, while he clearly sounded drunk, the topics they discussed, right up until he started yammering about Clooney, etc., seemed like pretty typical broadcast filler.

    This would’ve been really hilarious to see happen live, though. I would’ve laughed my ass off.

  18. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 12:44 pm

    I did not mean to imply that the subject’s of Sutcliff’s speech were inappropriate. Simply put, his slurred speech and inablity to converse logically make him sound incredibly drunk.

  19. Benno on May 12th, 2006 1:07 pm

    What pitchers are on the team right now? Are we running a 12 man staff? Here is what I have;

    Starters – Moyer, Pineiro, Washburn, Meche, Hernandez
    Relief – Putz, Soriano, Guardado, Sherill, Livingston(?), Green(?), Woods(?)
    IR – Mateo

    Is this right, or is one of the questions in the minors?

  20. Joe C. in Buffalo on May 12th, 2006 1:12 pm

    19 I think you have it correct.

    We seem to have this plethora of lefties. It’d be nice to see what Livingston could do in the rotation for a few turns, but no one has been consistently horrible this year just yet to deserve a yanking out.

    What are projections for Green? Is he seen as a potential set-up guy down the line, or will his lot in life be that of long-man/ AAA bullpen insurance? He seemed to come from nowhere, and I’m wondering what expecations are regarding him.

  21. Benno on May 12th, 2006 1:28 pm

    A 12 man staff again. More than anything, this is what drives me nuts about Hargrove. Livingston should be pitching, whether he is used to make sure Moyer doesn’t pitch away from home, to limit Felix’s innings, to platoon with Meche (both could warm up, to fool the opposing manager), or in Tacoma. I’m going to get back to work and mutter in my cubicle….

  22. Tek Jansen on May 12th, 2006 1:39 pm

    I agree with Benno. Livingston’s usage makes me mutter as well. What irritates me even more is to hear Hargrove and some on the radio broadcast team complain about a lack of another bench player who can man the middle infield positions to free Willie (pun intended) to PR and not have to necessarily sub for Yubet. The answer is pretty simple. Go to an eleven man staff, since only eleven pitchers get used, and call up another position player. My pessimism tells me that this will not happen.

  23. Brian Rust on May 12th, 2006 1:44 pm

    Though I agree with the 11-man staff, my pessimism tells me our starters are overdue for some early shellings.

  24. scraps on May 12th, 2006 1:51 pm

    Incidentally, while it is hell to have to sit through Hargrove’s idiotic small-ball strategies, it could be worse: we could have Dusty Baker.

    Yesterday, down 5-0 in the third, the number eight hitter and the pitcher get on base with nobody out — and Dusty orders Cedeno to bunt.

    And, Dusty’s answer to the Cubs’ utter futility on offense? He needs more speed guys.

  25. Xteve X on May 12th, 2006 2:00 pm

    Re: Softy, he was ranting today about how only starting WFB vs. lefties was idiotic because of his whopping .333 batting average … I almost called to tell him that if he was smart enough to look at Willie’s splits he’d see for himself that Willie hits righties about as hard as Softy hits the gym … thankfully cooler heads prevailed

  26. Bender on May 12th, 2006 2:16 pm

    You should have called.

  27. matthew on May 12th, 2006 2:28 pm

    24: I’m waiting for a full write up by Dave on why Dusty Baker would be a bad choice as a Mariners manager.

    That way I can bookmark it and link back to it when the USS Mariner is the first with the news that the Mariners have hired Dusty this coming offseason…

  28. matthew on May 12th, 2006 2:30 pm

    Meaning, I think he’s a craptastic choice, but would not be surprised at all if the Mariners did just that.

  29. Anthony on May 12th, 2006 3:12 pm

    Did anyone else imagine Bill Murray and Sutcliffe re-enacting a scene from Groundhog Day afterwards?

    “Do you want to throw up here or in the car?”
    “I think…both.”

    That’s the only thing I could think of watching that clip.

  30. Mr. Egaas on May 13th, 2006 8:42 am

    Mariners need to bring in Sutcliffe to play color man.

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