Game 149, Mariners at Royals
RHP Gil Meche vs. RHP Runelvys Hernandez, 11:10am.
Today’s my birthday, and I’d like the M’s to win. That’s not too much to ask, right? I wish King Felix was pitching instead, but at least it’s not Pineiro.
I’ve never actually attended an M’s game on my birthday. The closest I ever came was on September 18th, 2001, when the M’s nearly clinched the division with a 4-0 win over Anaheim. They would have clinched that night had Oakland lost to Texas. After the game, they put the A’s-Rangers game on the big screen for all of us to watch. Leading 6-5, Jason Isringhausen retired Mike Lamb, Carlos Pena, and Michael Young in the bottom of the 9th.
I went to the game the next night as well, and the A’s-Rangers game started earlier in the day. When that game had reached the 7th inning with the Rangers leading, they stopped updating the score on the out-of-town scoreboard. Apparently they wanted to choreograph that clinching moment with a video screen announcement rather than letting smart fans figure it out, spontaneously, on their own. Oh well.