LLL in Oakland, WWW back home.
I went to both Saturday and Sunday games, and I was impressed by the crowds and the fact that they stuck around for almost the whole game. I’ve seen a lot of games these last few years where the fan erosion starts as early as the 6th, and the flood out the gates is at the top of the 8th.
The games against the Padres, who came into Seattle on a tear, probably bought Hargrove two weeks. Friday I’d have said it was a coin flip on whether he’d be here Monday, and if the Padres beat the team down it’d be certain. Of course, if those two weeks go badly, that’ll come down in a hurry
Random thoughts on this week
– Seeing Mike Cameron play center here for another team makes me sad. Even today, he ranges so far, so easily, that it’s sometimes suprising: I’d find him him camped out under a ball I’m used to thinking would be a double.
– Speaking of which, I get annoyed at the constant booing of Alex and weird love for Tino Martinez, but it’s really classy to see Cameron get a nice round of applause his first at-bat every day. His inability to hit well at Safeco Field over his career meant he had to fight for the respect he deserved, and it’s good to see he’s remembered well.
– Felix, whoever’s calling the pitches from the dugout… dude. The scouting report’s getting around. You can’t throw fastballs all the time, they’re onto it
– Gil Meche in the last week: 2-0, 13 IP, 11 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 12K… but 7 runs allowed.
– I was a ways off, but I saw Sexson swing at some terrible-looking pitches
– So Reed had a wrist injury (which are notorious for sapping power, which Reed hasn’t shown much of to date), gets a lot of rest, and bam! He’s hitting well. He hit .280 with good power over the last week. I’d love to see him continue to hit
– Beltre’s driving me batty
– I wish sometimes that I could pay certain pundits to declare Ichiro “done” (and their many previous declarations of his done-ness finally redeemed), because everytime I read one of those, he goes on one of these tears. Over the last week he’s hitting .423 (with a walk and no power, but still).
– Lopez had an insane week: 13-25, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs (and 1 walk, 2 K). After seeing him struggle in his call-ups from 2004-2005, it’s been great to see him succeed, and even better, the fluff pieces show he’s turned his reputation in the organization almost entirely around (which also demonstrates that success has many parents)
– Everett continues to hit well. It’s not the “really kicking ass” that Bavasi said would be the only way he’d get his option to vest — and that looks more and more likely, unfortunately.
– The only explanation for those bizarre personal tidbits they throw up on the video screen is that the team got together and agreed to all give the weirdest answers possible.
“Hey, Ichiro, what are you going to put for your favorite movie?”
“Dunston Checks In.”
“Dude, that’s too obvious.”
“Oh, that is perfect. Kenji?”
“My first job was as a masseuse.”
“Good, good, that’ll help you with the women, too. What about you, Carl?”
“I thought about this for a while, and I decided I could really honk some people off and be funny.”
“Okay, what’s the joke?”
“I’m putting my favorite subject in school was math and science.”
– Johjima’s the 12th-best catcher in the majors using VORP, in large part because we haven’t seen the power we thought might turn him into an All-Star, and he’s 6-26 at throwing out baserunners, which will gradually lead to teams running on him more, and we’ll see if that holds up.