Game 57, Royals at Mariners

DMZ · June 3, 2006 at 6:19 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Etherton v RHP Pineiro. 7:05, FSN.

For the “fans still turn out for the weenend and summer games” there were only 29,000 at last night’s game and there were 21,000 tickets left for tonight’s, which would mean there’ll be over 30k tonight. For a Royals series and the Mariners on track for another disappointing season, that’s not so bad.

In Tacoma, Appier got released.


229 Responses to “Game 57, Royals at Mariners”

  1. mark s. on June 3rd, 2006 9:37 pm

    this would be perfect for Eddie.

    He gets some work and KC can get a run or three and not look so bad back home.

  2. sidereal on June 3rd, 2006 9:37 pm

    Aaaand Stairs swinging for the 11-run home run, obviously. I think his shoes are actually below sea level now.

  3. Jim Thomsen on June 3rd, 2006 9:42 pm

    Good to see Putz wiggle off the hook there.

  4. Mike G. on June 3rd, 2006 9:46 pm

    Well a cathartic game and (possibly) series to be sure. Just hard to completely enjoy with the Twins looming large. I’m sure many of us will be at the airport monday night, hankies in hand, waving a tearful good-bye to the departing Royals.

  5. apunetid on June 3rd, 2006 9:46 pm

    As much as I like seeing Petagine at the plate after he jacked a home run on opening day, that .182 batting average isn’t too appealing.

  6. Jim Thomsen on June 3rd, 2006 9:51 pm

    #205: Yeah, he clearly needs to be benched.

  7. sidereal on June 3rd, 2006 9:53 pm

    He doesn’t deserve promotion to Tacoma.

  8. Rizzs? ugh.. on June 3rd, 2006 9:57 pm

    Did anyone catch Krueger being stuck in a transition for at least seconds on FSN live? Pure comedy

  9. Jim Thomsen on June 3rd, 2006 9:58 pm

    Well, Krueger’s weakness as a pitcher was his inability to spot his change-up.

  10. Rizzs? ugh.. on June 3rd, 2006 10:00 pm

    at first I thought it was just stuck in a pause but then I noticed his nervous blinking

  11. Mike G. on June 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm

    Blowers is convinced that Sexson will lead this club (as he should)by the end of the season in RBI and HRs. Can he overtake Jose? Anybody placing bets on this seemingly two horse race?

  12. msb on June 3rd, 2006 10:02 pm

    you know, Krueger’s shellacked hair is really scary in person.

  13. Jim Thomsen on June 3rd, 2006 10:04 pm

    If Jose keeps batting third and Richie fourth, I think it’ll be a tie.

  14. Mike G. on June 3rd, 2006 10:05 pm

    I remember one post game where Krueger was on camera for a good ten seconds before the camera man gave him his queue. He kept doing this weird thing where he’d put his “on-air” smile on and then drop it. He did it about 3 times waiting to go on. It was quite disturbing actually.

  15. Rizzs? ugh.. on June 3rd, 2006 10:06 pm

    I saw him at California Pizza Kitchen once, I agree about the hair. Also have seen Aaron Sele there, I believe he was wearing a hat though.

  16. msb on June 3rd, 2006 10:11 pm

    lets see, it should be Bonser & Santana when the Twins come in, right? and then whoever follows El Presidente….. Radke, I guess.

  17. PFK on June 3rd, 2006 10:11 pm

    Is it silly to offer hopeful viewpoint? All the ranting about Hargrove aside (and most of it justified), the disappointments of this season can be attributed to the performances of five players on the field when compared with what we reasonably thought we might get: Sexson, Beltre, Reed, Guardado, and Hernandez.

    Based upon history, each one of those players can be expected to perform significantly better the rest of the way, except perhaps Eddie, and he is the most easily replaceable of the five, given the performances of Putz and Soriano.

    Oakland and LA are struggling. If Texas falls back to near .500, I wouldn’t give up on this season yet. In July of 1995 we weren’t going anywhere either, until suddenly we were. Baseball is funny like that. Hargrove isn’t a guy to make it happen, indeed he’s probably a minor obstacle to it happening, but it’s mostly down to the performances of the players on the field and their ability to develop momentum and confidence. Despite everyone’s nostalgia for Lou, the truth is that for many of years here he accomplished more with less, and his managing style was just as old school as Grover’s. Lightning could still strike in 2006. It’s doubtful, perhaps highly doubtful, but I wouldn’t burn down the house just yet….

  18. Jim Thomsen on June 3rd, 2006 10:14 pm

    #217: You can’t take “improvement” against the Royals seriously. Think of this weekend as if the Mariners took a four-day demotion to the Pacific Coast League.

  19. dw on June 3rd, 2006 10:32 pm

    M’s win, we get the hopeful viewpoint.

    M’s lose, it’s ten posters building gallows for Bavasi, Sexson, and Beltre.

  20. joser on June 4th, 2006 12:50 am

    Yep. Besides, suppose lightning does strike and they win the division (with the Jays, Boston, and Cleveland out there the wildcard ain’t coming out of the west). All that means is they’re the strongest team in the weakest division. Three extra games and then home — is that a postseason future to get excited about?

  21. Graham on June 4th, 2006 2:05 am

    RE #220: If the playoffs were about skill, then the Cardinals would be the defending champs. It’s all about luck.

  22. Oly Rainiers Fan on June 4th, 2006 5:32 am

    #218. Hey now. No reason to be quite so disrespectful of the PCL.

    #219. I’ve noticed it too. Wild mood swings on this blog all season. But hey, isn’t this just what Lincoln & Armstrong want? A fan base that looks at a .43x win percentage and thinks ‘hey, if just a couple of our players would come around….’

  23. mariners23 on June 4th, 2006 8:18 am

    Has anybody heard the Jamie Moyer trade rumors on ESPN this mourning, personally i dont think the M’s would trade there best pitcher in franchise history(going by stats) but if they did trade Jamie what could they really get for him?!?!?!

  24. terry on June 4th, 2006 10:11 am

    #221: The playoffs are all about pitching…..

  25. JI on June 4th, 2006 10:59 am

    If they playoffs are about pitching, then how did the ’04 Cards reach the series with four average SPs? Having 3 of the 4 best players in the league had something to do with it.

    I get your point though, teams with power pitchers tend to do well in the postseason.

  26. Karen on June 4th, 2006 12:13 pm

    Trade to whom? Back to the Boston Red Sox?

    I’m not saying the rumor is a good idea at all — I didn’t think our pitching was so much better than the Royals’ to consider letting one of the most consistent ones go, even for part of a season…

    But from Moyer’s and the Mariners’ POV, it should be a short-term loan at a usurious interest rate. Put Jamie back in a Mariners’ uniform at the beginning of next season.


    Re: Bill Krueger’s hair… I always thought the guy was fairly good looking (yeah, we femmes do that sort of thing, even while charting a ballgame! 🙂 ) when he was on the mound for the M’s, back in the day. Of course, we never saw the guy without a cap on his head then.

    Lo and behold, he retires, and we find out he uses excess crankcase oil for that dark slick look he fancies (and we don’t)! Someone on the broadcasting team, or his hairdresser, ought to try to convince him the dry look is “in” these days…

  27. Calderon on June 4th, 2006 12:14 pm

    Gillick worked for the M’s when he was hired by Philadelphia. As a stipulation to let him take the Philly job, they didn’t allow him to pilfer the organization. If they fired Bavasi, there would be no such stipulation. Also, Fontaine is pretty loyal, and it’s not likely he would want to work for a club that just fired his friend.

    Dave do you believe if Bavasi was fired at season’s end, he would able to get another GM job somewhere else? I’m not so confident. Wouldn’t another team president be uneasy hiring someone that quit on another franchise over friendship with the GM? If not, I still find it hard to believe that Bill Bavasi would even be hired by another team as a GM after 4 consecutive 90+ loss teams on his resume. (going back to his last Angels team) His Dad’s name could probably land him another role in a Scouting Department, but he may not have the authority to hire Fontaine as a Scouting Director in his next gig if he’s not the GM. A very monumental career gamble on Fontaine’s part in my opinion.

  28. DMZ on June 4th, 2006 12:27 pm

    Fontaine’s easily one of the five best scouting directors in baseball. Like Leo Mazzone, he’s got enough respect within the game that he’s free to pick his jobs. Few teams wouldn’t be happy to have him and willing to make accomodations to make it happen.

  29. John D. on June 4th, 2006 1:01 pm

    Bring on the AQUASOX–but not the TIMBER-RATTLERS just yet.

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