Random photos from Isotopes @ Rainiers

DMZ · May 15, 2006 at 9:46 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I didn’t get really good photos in part because my not-at-all-trusty Minolta decided that sitting on my desk for a couple of days was too much for it to take and broke, so I was using a tiny Kodak for these. Also, I’m not the photographer Dave is.

Doyle, when he steps into the box, takes one hand and…

Here’s our boy tearing out of the box to have a scab replacement umpire call him out (which got Doyle to argue, and I didn’t get a good photo of that).

This is what I start taking pictures of in the late innings of a horribly played 3h 40+m 3-0 game.

I somehow forgot to mention this, but the Rainiers ran a promotion I could not believe: the Diamond Dig. They buried a diamond ring in the infield dirt, and allowed women to go out there and dig for it using plastic spoons. No, really.

Standing just behind second is Rhubarb, supervising his workers with an eerie frozen grin on his face.


20 Responses to “Random photos from Isotopes @ Rainiers”

  1. marbledog on May 15th, 2006 10:11 pm

    That ring thing sounds really scary.

  2. Free Dan Rohn! on May 15th, 2006 10:19 pm

    That sounds like a great corporate morale event.

  3. Oly Rainiers Fan on May 15th, 2006 10:20 pm

    3rd annual year of the Ben Bridge Mother’s Day diamond dig. Photo of the winner is on the Rainiers website even as I type this. I watched it for a little while last year, then just felt really embarassed for all those women out there, digging in dirt with plastic spoons. I wondered to myself this year, as the fateful day approached, whether there were monitors in place to prevent cheating (like if some mom brought in a real metal spoon, or a large serving spoon for example).

  4. plivengood on May 15th, 2006 11:04 pm

    The second pitcher is the Derek we all know and love.

    DMZ, interested in a day game Thursday?


  5. Joey on May 15th, 2006 11:15 pm

    No offense DMZ, but you have crappy handwriting lol

  6. Mr. Egaas on May 15th, 2006 11:47 pm

    Damn, he looks like such a player.

  7. Theodore on May 15th, 2006 11:53 pm

    How should i read that ring thing? Is it just a way to humiliate women. Here’s a scene: a bunch of women on their knees rooting around in the dirt in order to get some scrap which has been thrown to them by a jeweler. Or maybe i’m missing the point?

  8. JMB on May 16th, 2006 12:01 am

    You assume those are his notes, Joey. Perhaps he was spying on the beat writer.

  9. Mat on May 16th, 2006 1:55 am

    The ring dig seems bizarre to me. At the moment, I’m on the fence between screwball promotion and degrading exhibition.

  10. BelaXadux on May 16th, 2006 3:44 am

    What I like about Doyle’s stance, even while he’s just getting his timing set there, is how balanced he is. His stance is wide, hips a little low; he looks like a rock, and like he could generate real good torque from that stance without having to take a big stride to do it. And he _totally_ looks like he wants to ATTACK something. Like the pitch.

    . . . Stud hitter, Doyle.

  11. pdb on May 16th, 2006 7:12 am

    They did that ring thing at the Beavers game Sunday, too – but being an artificial turf park, there are only three outfield dirt spots. The knot of women at each base was crazy.

    I’m on the fence between screwball promotion and degrading exhibition.

    I’d go with degrading or demeaning, myself. Probably reading too much into it, but there we are.

  12. pdb on May 16th, 2006 7:12 am

    errr, three infield dirt spots.

  13. msb on May 16th, 2006 8:20 am

    the diamond dig has gone on for decades at different parks– it’s been done for Mother’s Day, for promotions where any fan can enter, for Brides to Be… speaking of which, I gather they also do it at Bridal Fairs.

    Hey, you know what? Doyle is gritty, too!

  14. KW on May 16th, 2006 8:30 am

    Oh no! Doyle’s BA has dropped 200 points in the last two games!

    Oh, and he’s batting .400.

  15. G-Man on May 16th, 2006 9:12 am

    They used to hide a diamond in the right-centerfield grass in KC between innings and give one woman a ouple minutes to find it. Griffey tipped off one of them and she got it.

    I thought I’d heard the minor league umps settled, but I guess I am ignorant of the truth.

  16. plivengood on May 16th, 2006 9:31 am

    I wrote:

    “The second pitcher is the Derek we all know and love.”

    While this sentence contains an obvious typo, it also contains a boatload of truth.

  17. DMZ on May 16th, 2006 9:39 am

    I thought I’d heard the minor league umps settled, but I guess I am ignorant of the truth.

    They are not back to work.

  18. Avery on May 16th, 2006 9:40 am

    I saw the Diamond Dig a few years back at a Savannah Sand Gnats game. Half the women involved seemed to care and the other half didn’t. It was worth it to hear husbands and wives/boyfriends and girlfriends talking strategy before they opened the gate. I’m not sure I would call it demeaning though but whatever.

  19. MedicineHat on May 16th, 2006 9:44 am

    [nice try, but OT]

  20. Steve T on May 16th, 2006 4:22 pm

    After they find the ring, what? They get to pretend they’re married? I don’t get it.

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