M’s win! M’s win!

DMZ · March 6, 2007 at 3:46 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Thank God we have something good to post about. Yayyyyyyyyyyyy.


46 Responses to “M’s win! M’s win!”

  1. msb on March 6th, 2007 3:51 pm

    and it sounded like there was a fine Adam Jones grab to save several runs in the 7th when the no-no was broken

    so do Rizzs & Hargrove keep the goatees when the season begins?

  2. Deanna on March 6th, 2007 3:52 pm

    And finally, the Pirates are the only team that haven’t won a game in 2007.

  3. msb on March 6th, 2007 3:52 pm


  4. msb on March 6th, 2007 3:55 pm

    On this day, 2001:

    Seattle 6, Chicago Cubs 1 in Peoria, Ariz.
    THE RECORD: Seattle is 2-4 in the Cactus League.

    THE ARMS: Lefty starter John Halama has made two starts this spring, including two innings yesterday, and hasn’t given up a run. Only one batter reached base against him. … Reliever Jose Paniagua again looked dominant. He pitched the ninth inning and retired the side in order. He’s struck out four of the six men he’s faced this spring. … Lefty Brian Fuentes, a long shot to make the team as a second lefty reliever, threw a shutout inning.

    THE BATS: Ichiro Suzuki got the Mariners started with a bases-loaded two-run double in the third inning. Stan Javier followed with an RBI single. After Javier took second on the throw, John Olerud singled in two more runs. The final run scored on Anthony Sanders’ RBI hit in the eighth. … Manny Alexander helped his cause to make the club as a backup infielder by getting a double and a single his first two times up.

    THE QUOTE: “Every time he’s been back there, he’s done a real nice job with the pitchers.” — manager Lou Piniella on minor league catcher Blake Barthol.

  5. PositivePaul on March 6th, 2007 4:02 pm

    Paniagua. Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in years…

  6. Jeff Sullivan on March 6th, 2007 4:08 pm

    “…Brian Fuentes, a long shot…”


    Man, I was all about Anthony Sanders back in the day.

  7. DrJ on March 6th, 2007 4:11 pm

    Yes, it’s spring, and yes, it’s meaningless, but did you notice that Willie Boom Boom “hit” third in today’s lineup…and we won our first game of the year?

    This will haunt us, Mariners fans.

  8. Evan on March 6th, 2007 4:26 pm

    I think we should have seen “Willie hitting third” coming. Grover likes Vidro for the #3 spot, and Vidro both blows and gets hurt a lot, so the obvious replacement is Willie. He might even move someone else to DH (like Lopez or Ichiro) to make space for Willie’s glove.

    Yes, I honestly think Grover has the cognitive ability of a mollusk.

  9. DrJ on March 6th, 2007 4:30 pm

    What a massive insult to mollusks everywhere!

  10. Steve Nelson on March 6th, 2007 4:32 pm

    #8: Yes, I honestly think Grover has the cognitive ability of a mollusk.

    Is that a European mollusk or an African mollusk?

  11. PhilKenSebben on March 6th, 2007 4:33 pm

    whatever happened to Barthol?

  12. Willie'sPineRiders on March 6th, 2007 4:44 pm

    #10: Is that a European mollusk or an African mollusk?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a poor attempt at cross-breading both. Oh and in response to #11…I think Fuentes ate him before he left.

  13. Evan on March 6th, 2007 5:01 pm

    That Rowe fella pitching for the Tigers – just looking at the box score it looks like he was brought in with the bases loaded with 1 out in the ninth inning, and he hit Rivera with a pitch while he let all of them score.

    That’s really not how inherited runners are supposed to work.

  14. marc w on March 6th, 2007 5:10 pm

    11 – Barthol is the head coach for Lehigh Carbon Community College.

    And he’ll always be the first catcher to catch a perfect game in the long, distinguished history of the PCL.

    Man, I’m the opposite of you, Jeff- I loved Brian Fuentes. I thought he had the most hilarious ears ever (oh, and an awesome pickoff move). I thought he’d be a damned effective loogy, but his evolution into effective closer…well, i didn’t predict that one.

  15. optigan on March 6th, 2007 5:34 pm

    okay, so now the entire BP-dissing post is gone? I guess I understand, given that it had some factual problems, but it’s important to remember, when people start throwing around libel-suit threats, that they are threats, they’re meant to shut you up, they repress speech instead of joining the argument, and that the standard for libel is (quite thankfully) very high in the US.

  16. Al Golagnic on March 6th, 2007 5:37 pm

    Well, “some factual problems” is maybe the understatement of the year, unfortunately.

  17. Dave in Palo Alto on March 6th, 2007 5:42 pm

    Big day for Tony Torcato — my 9 year old’s favorite player of all time.

    Yeah, he’s a weird kid, but still, kind of cool.

  18. Ralph on March 6th, 2007 5:52 pm

    What a bizarre turn of events.

  19. Ralph Malph on March 6th, 2007 6:07 pm

    I was thinking of some cross breaded mollusks for dinner tonight.

  20. DMZ on March 6th, 2007 6:09 pm

    On the disappearing post – I talked to Dave, and we took it down. You can see the remaining post on this, but the short version is that Steve apologized for any perceived slight, baseless or not, and I’m now doing my own apologies.

  21. msb on March 6th, 2007 6:10 pm

    Apparently it takes 5 former Mariners to replace Blowers on the KOMO pre & postgame show.

    “Dave Valle, Norm Charlton, Bill Haselman, Tom Lampkin and John Moses will join hosts Tom Glasgow, Tom Hutyler, Matt Pitman and Mariners reporter Shannon Drayer in the broadcast booth in 2007.”

  22. dan@jackson on March 6th, 2007 6:44 pm

    “…that the standard for libel is (quite thankfully) very high in the US.”

    Unfortunately, so is the cost of defending onself against such a suit.

  23. Willie'sPineRiders on March 6th, 2007 7:02 pm

    I personally enjoyed listening to Dave Winfield talk during the game on saturday…he was on for what seemed like 3 hrs but I was only listening for 2 innings! I think it was his natural ability to repeat the statement…”Kids just don’t do anything outdoors these days! When I was a kid I’d be outside all day working on my hitting, I never had my hands on any video game controllers.” I was about ready to throw a Gyro-ball through the radio…

  24. apunetid on March 6th, 2007 8:38 pm

    Boy, after today I’m convinced Ramirez is the true ace Bavasi knew he was trading for! Threee no-hit innings? Imagine how long he could have gone if he was left in! Yet another successful trade for Bavasi.

    All right, I know Ramirez will have an ERA over 5 this year, but it was still cool seeing him toss those no-hit innings, which (including the charity game) gives him 5 innings of 1-hit ball this spring.

  25. QuoVadis on March 6th, 2007 9:10 pm

    Mmm… mollusks

  26. Willie'sPineRiders on March 6th, 2007 9:30 pm

    #24: All right, I know Ramirez will have an ERA over 5 this year, but

    You use “but” like he won’t be proud of his ERA, just remember, Ramirez will just be glad he can count it on one hand. Maybe…

  27. Willie'sPineRiders on March 6th, 2007 9:44 pm

    Yes, it’s spring, and yes, it’s meaningless, but did you notice that Willie Boom Boom “hit” third in today’s lineup…and we won our first game of the year?

    This will haunt us, Mariners fans.

    While I was at Mariners Fanfest Bavasi made a comment that may haunt some fans too. He said, and I quote, “We have the best utility player in the majors in Willie Bloomquist.”

    Any thoughts?

  28. Goose on March 6th, 2007 10:16 pm

    Wasn’t it Howard Lincoln that actually said that?

  29. Johnny Slick on March 7th, 2007 12:01 am

    What Bloomy lacks in ability or hitting ability, he more than makes up for in grit and clutch and also “spark”.

    Any news on Ross Gload?

  30. eponymous coward on March 7th, 2007 12:33 am
  31. eday on March 7th, 2007 12:39 am

    Steve Kelley has written an interesting column in Wednesday’s Times:

    “Open Season in Blog-ville if M’s Lose”

    A few clippings: “I can almost hear the dissent building irrationally. Nerves beginning to fray. Cactus League questions lining up like hitters by the batting cage. Bloggers blogging until their finger tips are as worn as base-stealer’s pants. Anxiety increasing before Felix Hernandez has thrown the season’s first pitch. The sublime quickly morphing into the absurd.”

    and “I conjured a group of passionate, well-intentioned, if not quite well-informed, fans hunkered in some chat room, debating the Mariners’ slow start in the desert.”

    ending with “Throw a few more coals under that hot seat. Opening day is only 26 days away.”

  32. CSG on March 7th, 2007 12:53 am

    That article is absolutely retarded.

  33. CSG on March 7th, 2007 12:56 am

    Why do ILuvGar, SafecoSlim, BoonieTwo, and CoraCoraCora never comment around here? Are they too good for us? I really doubt Kelley’s ever read a blog.

  34. a guy in tokyo on March 7th, 2007 1:11 am

    OMG, dumbest column evah. I mean, why single out blogs for this kind of behavior. This is one long passive-aggressive hit piece.

    “the kind of blogosphere nonsense that could build rapidly if the Mariners keep losing before the real games begin” – evidence, please? cite names, don’t impugn an entire form of media. that’s like saying “the kind of radio nonsense” or “the kind of newsprint nonsense” – the nonsense would be independent of the form.

    “I conjured a group of passionate, well-intentioned, if not quite well-informed, fans hunkered in some chat room, debating the Mariners’ slow start in the desert.” – again, where is this “chat room”? (how 90s)

    “I suspect the early March losses already are making some fans apprehensive about the new year.” Where is the evidence? Oh yeah, it’s here:

    “A guy actually came up to me at breakfast Tuesday, shaking his head and telling me, in all seriousness, he thought Mariners manager Mike Hargrove was doing a lousy job this spring.”

    A GUY CAME UP TO HIM AT BREAKFAST. Thus, bloggers are the ones bringing this team down. Dear Lord.

  35. Mike G. on March 7th, 2007 1:23 am

    I find it kind of adorable that Steve Kelley has the same level of insight in to the world of blogging that my Grandpa has in to the world of Hip-Hop.

  36. CSG on March 7th, 2007 1:31 am

    The man who approached him at breakfast certainly wasn’t a blogger, because as we all well know, bloggers are incapable of leaving their basements, most likely due to a skin condition of some sort.

  37. CSG on March 7th, 2007 1:35 am

    I realize I’ve already spent way too much time on Steve Kelley when I should really be studying, and this is it for me, but here’s the last two sentences of the email I wrote to him in response:

    I hope you have made peace with the diseased diety you pray to while you write your excretory missives, as your profession is in its death throes. Damn you again.

    Pressing ‘send’ felt really good there.

  38. _David_ on March 7th, 2007 2:15 am

    29: I’ve heard the tired words used to praise WFB, but I think what’s often overlooked is his moxie and gumption.

  39. _David_ on March 7th, 2007 2:24 am

    Let Steve Kelley lash out if he wants. Most in the radio and print professions fear all forms of internet media, because it takes focus from and threatens their professions. Just accept that Kelley’s more irrational than most and as we all have an image of the irrational, uninformed fan (for many of us it’s Steve Kelley) for him it’s the bubbling mass of the internet. He’s really just yelling at what he sees as unreasonable scrutiny or worrying, only instead of something he overheard in a bar, it’s something he read on the internet, and we all know internet Marinerville can sink to disturbing depths. Kelley was just looking for something to write.

  40. _David_ on March 7th, 2007 3:16 am

    email I sent Kelley:

    I don’t understand your column today. Obviously your fictionalized “blogosphere” findings were an allegory for underinformed fan rantings, but I don’t see the substance. Where is the evidence that anyone cares that the Mariners are losing in spring training? If your point is that some fans are underinformed and irrational, that is obvious and doesn’t need a column devoted to it. If it’s about fans being impatient with Hargrove, wouldn’t analysis of the validity of this impatience or of his managing ability or the security of his job be in order? The obvious fact that spring training doesn’t relate to managing ability is not defense of one’s managing ability. The whole basis of the column is the unfounded and unsupported claim that people care about game related managerial tactics during spring training. I’m sure if you could find some idiot who thinks that, but what would be the point? It seems you’re only purpose here is mocking the internet baseball community, that which your article portrays as troglodytes. I’ve seen the best and worst of amatuer internet sports journalism. There are places that are black holes of endless time eating stupidity, but also those with real credentials and deep understanding that offer analysis and insight surpassing even your own. I believe people can be trusted to pick and choose where they find their analysis, and have the ability judge quality and to tell what lines of criticism are stupid and pointless. Attacking uninformed, ignorant idiots doesn’t make Hargrove a better manager. He is a terrible manager because the decisions he makes when it counts and his lack of understanding of the game as demonstrated by what he says to the press. Your column did make one valuable point. The Soriano deal was a terrible trade.

  41. Salty Dog on March 7th, 2007 5:21 am

    I actually think we can expect to see this on a regular basis from HoRam. Not ace-type stuff, but plenty of games with about as many strikeouts as walks, tons of ground ball outs, and not many runs on the board. He at least has some sort of plan on the mound.

    Weaver’s the guy I’m worried about. He’s not a lefty in Safeco and doesn’t have a solid plan. He’s just going to throw some stuff over the plate and likely get hammered on a regular basis.

    If there’s anyone who’s likely to post a 5+ ERA, I submit it’s Weaver. I look for HoRam and Batista to sit in the mid 4’s.

    Basically, Weaver 2007 could very well be Pineiro of 2006.

  42. firova on March 7th, 2007 6:34 am

    The fact that Kelley made up a blog rather than actually consulting any says it all.

  43. Rain Delay on March 7th, 2007 6:36 am

    Most in the radio and print professions fear all forms of internet media, because it takes focus from and threatens their professions.

    I don’t know about print media, because I’m not a part of it. But I am in radio, and last time I checked Internet was not on my list of fears of anything. Yes it can be another thing to compete against, but as far as fear goes. No. The internet doesn’t threaten what I do or how I do it, it’s just another factor to add in.

  44. msb on March 7th, 2007 9:34 am

    Yes, it’s spring, and yes, it’s meaningless, but did you notice that Willie Boom Boom “hit” third in today’s lineup

    from Hargrove today:

    “Ibañez wasn’t the only Mariner on hold Tuesday – Hargrove had to scramble together a lineup that didn’t include Jose Vidro (flu), Jose Lopez (ankle) or Jose Guillen (day off), and wound up with Willie Bloomquist batting third.

    “I had to take a look at myself in the mirror after putting Willie’s name in the third spot,” Hargrove said.”

  45. davepaisley on March 7th, 2007 9:50 am

    Steve Kelley == Grandpa Simpson

    And #37, it’s D-E-I-T-Y, not diety. The latter would be some god of weight reduction, I guess 🙂

  46. Johnny Slick on March 7th, 2007 12:59 pm

    Paragraphs, #40, paragraphs. Especially if you’re going to rip on someone who writes for a living (granted, someone whose own idea of paragraphing follows the Mike Lupica One Sentence Per Rule).

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