Game 61, Twins at Mariners

DMZ · June 7, 2006 at 6:01 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Boof Bonser v LHP Jamie Moyer. 7:05.

At the request of several of our valued readers (including Laurie’s birthday request), supervision returns for this thread. Since the inception of comments, we often wrestle with how to encourage quality discussion and not tamper too much. Insult posts, off-topic stuff like people dropping by to remind Dave he wasn’t enthusiastic enough about Papelbon in a Beltre discussion… most of the choices are pretty easy.

But what about grammar, and spelling, and people who always type “Mariner’s”? We (and I’m probably more guilty of this than anyone) arbitrarily will reach into threads to nuke comments, and you get to see the dreaded []s. The reaction by the commenter is almost always immediate and strongly negative, and often means their follow-up comment gets [deleted, namecalling]. However, not working to maintain a decent signal/noise ratio and halfway worthwhile tone means chaos and horrible comment threads, and the people who contribute the most to the level of conversation are quickly turned off and leave.

What to do? Well, if no one out there is willing to, say, make an extremely generous cash donation to the “Hire a USSM Author to work on this full time” fund, it’s going to remain arbitrary and unfair. Sometimes making two errors that catch someone’s eye will get someone to swoop down, and sometimes you might get away with it. A comment that contributes substantially will almost certainly get a lot more leeway than PINIERO IS TEH SUX0R!!!oneone!! In general, game threads have much looser standards than normal comment threads.

Anyway. Boof’s his real name. I bet that gets mentioned on the broadcast.


393 Responses to “Game 61, Twins at Mariners”

  1. ClifHeartIchiro on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm


  2. Rain Delay on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Wow..Go C-Rex!

  3. bigred on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Goodbye Baseball!!!

  4. pablothegreat on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm


  5. IdahoInvader on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Nevermind all of that.

    Anyone really see that one coming?!

  6. Bender on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Left Handed SOCK!

  7. argh on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Carl. Thank you, man. I was *so* sleepy.

  8. true_slicky on June 7th, 2006 11:02 pm

    jesus! thats what I’ve been waiting for!

    thank you C-Rex!!

  9. G-Man on June 7th, 2006 11:03 pm

    C-Rex of course.

  10. Daniel Carroll on June 7th, 2006 11:03 pm

    Holy Crap, that was a pretty Jurassic blast!

  11. Prenderman on June 7th, 2006 11:03 pm

    Yeeeeeeeee freakin’ haw! C-Rex

  12. joser on June 7th, 2006 11:04 pm

    Carl. Will. Make. This. Game. End.

    And with that he’s probably earned the opportunity to have enough ABs to vest his option. Sigh.

  13. apunetid on June 7th, 2006 11:05 pm

    Oh yeah!!!
    M’s = winners of 6 of last 7!

  14. Prenderman on June 7th, 2006 11:05 pm

    Jurassic Park couldn’t of held that blast.

  15. BelaXadux on June 7th, 2006 11:06 pm

    C-Rex!!!! A game this ugly HAD to end this way.

  16. msb on June 7th, 2006 11:07 pm

    and I was just sitting here, thinking bitter thoughts about how it would not be Petagine in the game, because, sheesh, he just had an AB three days ago, so it was far too soon for Hargrove to undo the velcro pinning him to the bench…

  17. Rain Delay on June 7th, 2006 11:08 pm

    362- Lets focus on that in the morning. Right now lets just bask in the win.

  18. bigred on June 7th, 2006 11:08 pm

    Props to 337 anybody?

  19. JI on June 7th, 2006 11:09 pm

    It’s really a letdown when he doesn’t grab his crotch after he crosses homeplate. I was expecting more from Carl.

    P.S. Idaho, you’re just BEGGING to get flamed by the mods. They deserve better. Please help me to help you help yourself.

  20. Jim Thomsen on June 7th, 2006 11:10 pm

    Talk about winning in the worst way.

  21. seattlesundevil on June 7th, 2006 11:11 pm

    366- I was sitting here thinkin the EXACT same thing “Gee, great, Everett up at the plate and he has already hit one walkoff this year… fulfilled his quota.. I would rather have anyone up right now, wheres Petagine?” Boy do I feel stupid but SOOO happy! haha (not lol)

  22. Deanna on June 7th, 2006 11:12 pm

    He doesn’t believe in dinosaurs, but he believes in game-winning home runs (aka “Guardingers”), I guess.

  23. Rain Delay on June 7th, 2006 11:13 pm

    Woah, a Deanna sighting.

    Glad you could join the aftermath. 🙂

  24. JI on June 7th, 2006 11:17 pm

    If we have a Deanna sighting, does that mean that Lauren is no longe the “token chick?”

  25. Dave Clapper on June 7th, 2006 11:19 pm

    Clearly, Tim Eyman’s face was painted on that ball C-Rex hit.

  26. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2006 11:34 pm

    Clearly, Deanna is the non-token chick.

    I have to take the path less traveled here, regarding C REX (the name is pretty funny though). I think that holding baseball players to some kind of moral standard to be on the team isn’t usually appropriate. As far as my left-wing bleeding-heart-liberal ass is concerned, Carl can believe whatever he dang well pleases. If I’m not allowed to demand that the editor sitting next to me not be a fundie loon, I don’t know why I should get to demand that about my DH. And if the law hasn’t found him guilty for child-beating or whatever the heck supposedly went on, I figure I’m unlikely to know enough about the situation to judge.

  27. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2006 11:36 pm

    Everett seems like he’s been loosening up a little under the mushy influence of soft-hearted Seattle, I must say. He was downright friendly in the post-game interview, and seemed pretty happy to get his greeting at home plate (which his teammates were happy to give). Maybe Seattle’s actually a good team for him. IT’d be nice, of course, if he were a good DH for us.

  28. wisebettor on June 7th, 2006 11:37 pm

    If the M’s pitchers could get their act together, they just might have a shot at taking the poor AL West. However, this team is no where near playoff caliber. Since Pat left, our team has dwindled–so has attendance.

  29. Jim Thomsen on June 7th, 2006 11:41 pm

    #376: I too could care less about Carl’s off-field issues. I only care about whether or not he can hit well enough to help the team. And overall, I think he’s fallen short for a DH and a No. 5 hitter.

    But I give him props for tonight. He won a ballgame. That’s one.

  30. Jim Thomsen on June 7th, 2006 11:41 pm

    #376: Editor? Do you work at a newspaper?

  31. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2006 11:48 pm

    I do, but in ad marketing, not news. But I do sit next to an editor, who is not a fundie loon, but IF HE WERE I WOULD DEFEND HIS RIGHT TO BE SO, dammit. Yeah.

  32. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2006 11:48 pm

    “But” is the new LOL.

  33. Jim Thomsen on June 7th, 2006 11:52 pm

    I don’t mind a fundie loon … just a well-funded fundie loon.

  34. Daniel Carroll on June 8th, 2006 12:02 am

    Lauren, ad marketing? I’m curious. Click my link and fire me an email if you’ve got time.

  35. Deanna on June 8th, 2006 12:10 am

    Man, this is why I’m the non-token chick. When I tell people I’m a software engineer, they just give me a blank stare.

    I haven’t been around game threads a lot this year because generally either

    1) I’m at Safeco
    2) I’m actually watching the game on TV, which means I’m not at a computer
    3) I tried to follow the thread, but my brain exploded
    42) I had David J Corcoran on my fantasy blogger roster and if he doesn’t get a start, it’s not worth following

  36. porlermc on June 8th, 2006 12:17 am

    #375 (Eyman)

    High quality comment. I laughed out loud.

  37. Daniel Carroll on June 8th, 2006 12:17 am

    Yes, but Deanna, did you pick up David J Corcoran I? They tell me he’s good on all the counting stats.

    And I’m hella with you on numbers one through three.

  38. StevieFromTheOly on June 8th, 2006 2:33 am

    Regarding Carl “C-Rex” Everett, on Opening Day did anyone happen to see people in the crowd shaking blow-up dinosaurs when Everett’s name was announced? I saw it on the TV broadcast VERY briefly. I about died from a serious lack of oxygen! It was nice to see Seattle fans actually have a sense of humor.

  39. pensive on June 8th, 2006 6:29 am

    Deanna,Daniel, & DMZ– The mentioned David J Corcoran blog posting June 7th is an entertaining read.

  40. msb on June 8th, 2006 8:47 am

    #385– isn’t that ‘asploded’?

  41. ndevale on June 8th, 2006 8:50 am

    I doubt anyone is still reading this thread, though I´m sure the monitor will? I was wondering whether ee cummings was a baseball fan, and whether and how he would have left comments.
    Also, do the writers at ussmariner ever directly interview members of the Mariners? Do they think Bob Fontaine would answer a direct question like “do you and your staff think Morrow was the best available talent at the number five pick”? I think it would be great to combine your analytical skills with interviewing. Thanks.

  42. msb on June 8th, 2006 9:31 am

    #391– I think if you asked Fontaine, he would tell you “”We had a number of pitchers we thought were worthy of the fifth pick in the draft,” said Bob Fontaine, the Mariners’ vice president of scouting. “We think he is a good fit for us.”

    If you asked about any of the other pitchers, you’d get the same answer he gave McGrath :

    “Bob Fontaine surely understands why Mariners fans would’ve seen Lincecum as a more enlightened pick than Morrow, but he was unable to explain his reasoning because, well, that’s just not the kind of thing baseball people do on draft day.

    “Once a player is selected by another organization, we prefer not to talk about him,” Fontaine said, adding: “We don’t want them to talk about our guys, either.”

    It’s one of those unwritten rules. You don’t steal bases during the late innings of a blowout; you don’t bunt to break up a no-hitter; rookies don’t stand in the batter’s box to admire their work after hitting a home run, and scouting chiefs don’t share their thoughts on those they don’t draft.”

  43. marbledog on June 8th, 2006 3:01 pm

    A day late, thank you for the birthday present, DMZ. Unfortunatley I was in the hospital with a mangled thumb so I couldn’t even appreciate it (or the 12 inning game) and now only have 7 fingers that can type and my brain is clouded with vicodin so I’ll be making enough typos you’ll have to delete me. But I promise I won’t misspell Pineiro.

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