Game 76, Blue Jays at Mariners

Dave · June 29, 2007 at 6:59 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Washburn vs McGowan, 7:05 pm.

The Blue Jays are better than people think. This is a pretty big series for the M’s.


168 Responses to “Game 76, Blue Jays at Mariners”

  1. Jordan of Boise on June 30th, 2007 12:38 am

    To heck with Survivor Man and Man vs. Wild – the real wilderness macho guy is GRIZZLY MAN. He was so awesome, he got EATEN by a BEAR. Case closed!

    Great game tonight. The bases loaded walk is deadly.

  2. scott19 on June 30th, 2007 1:25 am

    Every Bobby Ayala or Heathcliff Slocumb outing was Man vs. Wild…oh heck, those were SO rocky, they were the Deadliest Catch!

  3. Rumpelstiltskin on June 30th, 2007 5:22 am

    They originally cast Chuck Norris for Man vs. Wild, but during the filming of the first episode he ate the camera crew…

  4. Paul B on June 30th, 2007 7:28 am

    after taking a swing at Moose Man

    I would have liked to have seen that.

  5. joser on June 30th, 2007 9:54 am

    Grizzly man was an irresponsible, clueless idiot. I have no problem with him getting eaten — that’s how nature works — but he got his girlfriend killed and eaten too. (On the other hand, Troy Hurtubise of “Project Grizzly” — the suit of armor that made it all the way to a Simpson’s episode — is awesome example of human eccentricity).

    Back to the M’s: don’t look now, but if the M’s can sweep the Jays and the Twins sweep the Tigers, the Mariners will be sitting at the top of the wild card standings. Not to get ahead of ourselves or anything (neither of those seems likely, but then again neither did simultaneous sweeps of Boston and the Angels). Of course, the Tigers will be breathing down their necks and the Twins will be close behind, but still, we can dream.

    The Mariners are now 10 games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season.

  6. Tuomas on June 30th, 2007 11:12 am

    117: I really hate to resurrect a comment this old, but:

    Dude. Go read “Moneyball” again. You’re as wrong as Joe Morgan.

  7. DiamondDave on June 30th, 2007 1:00 pm


    Never read Moneyball. Don’t know that I ever will. Any baseball book with the word “Money” in the title (especially the first word) is not my kind of book. I’d rather go read Ball Four again (read it two or three times, still hilarious).

    Other great baseball books I’ve read that are actually about playing the game:

    -October 1964; Summer of ’49 – two awesome books by David Halberstam (RIP)

    -Men at Work – I don’t like George Will’s politics, but this is an interesting book about the inside stuff of baseball.

    -Boys of Summer – Roger Kahn – a classic

    -Late Innings; Five Seasons; The Summer Game — all Roger Angell (the “other Rogers”), one of the best baseball writers ever. Writes great stuff a couple times a year for the New Yorker, especially about his beloved Red Sox.

    -Wait Till Next Year – Doris Kearns Goodwin. A memoir about growing up a Brookly Dodgers fan. Ok, she later was caught plagiarizing, but that wasn’t for this book and she’s a good writer (Presidential scholar).

    Never read these, but I’m sure they’re good:

    I Had a Hammer, by Henry Aaron; My Own Story, by Jackie Robinson (with the recent anniversary of his breaking the color barrier a whole host of JR autobiographies just came out); etc.

    You guys might want to try reading a baseball book that’s not about statistics sometime. It’s good stuff.

  8. Karen on June 30th, 2007 1:41 pm

    Speaking of history-filled baseball books: I just finished speedreading through Peter Golenboch’s “Red Sox Nation: An Unexpurgated History Of The Red Sox” updated from 1992 after the World Series win in 2004. No wonder Red Sox fans have been depressed for so long. You talk about a legacy of stupidity for a franchise — from the owners, the GMs and FO people to the managers — it’s no wonder the Red Sox went 86 years between WS wins.

  9. planB on June 30th, 2007 1:53 pm

    157: You might want to reconsider. It’s not exactly “about statistics”, it’s about running a baseball team (as opposed to directly about playing baseball), making the most of a limited budget.

  10. zackr on June 30th, 2007 1:54 pm

    Doyle update from rotoworld:

    “Athletics transferred outfielder Chris Snelling from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Snelling will still be eligible to return right after the break. How many more setbacks he has with his knee will determine how realistic that possibility is.”

  11. scott19 on June 30th, 2007 2:50 pm

    159: Granted, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that philosophy…and in fact, some teams have had to go that route out of fiscal necessity. It just seems to lend itself to a more “station-to-station” style of play where things like team speed are not emphasized…for example, besides Johnnie Damon’s one season there back in ’01, Oakland hasn’t had a whole lot of guys in recent years who were legitimate base-stealing threats. I’ve got to think that’s by design – and it’s been quite evident there ever since Beane took that team over.

  12. gwangung on June 30th, 2007 3:03 pm

    Never read Moneyball. Don’t know that I ever will

    Y’all should reconsider. Might discover what you THOUGHT the book was about ain’t what it is a’tall.

  13. msb on June 30th, 2007 3:09 pm

    man, if Chris didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. what are the odds that the first baseman kicks you in the knee as you run past him?

    B. Giles just came back from much the same injury, his caused by smacking his knee into the Wrigley bricks … his took about 70 days, not all of it on the DL.

  14. msb on June 30th, 2007 3:11 pm

    #162– just remember when reading it, that Lewis tends to fall hard for the subject he is currently writing about, and during that time it can do know wrong 🙂

  15. scott19 on June 30th, 2007 3:15 pm

    157: Here, here on G-Will…don’t like his politics much, either, but the man knows his stuff on the game.

    BTW, thanks for this list!

  16. Dave in Palo Alto on June 30th, 2007 3:30 pm

    The one book I’d add as a must read is Glory of their Times by Lawrence Ritter. It’ll bring a tear to your eye.

  17. Tuomas on June 30th, 2007 6:28 pm

    161: Right symptom, wrong reason. Speed, as shown by the Juan Pierre signing by the Dodgers, among others, is generally overpriced relative to its value. Billy Beane, and by extension, the Moneyball guys, as they’re termed, have nothing against stealing bases. The problem is that the payoff is generally not worth the risk. Check out Rickey Henderson’s record season and you’ll notice that his stolen bases ended up being practically worthless.

  18. Karen on June 30th, 2007 6:33 pm

    The guys who run this place probably already know, but…

    Jacoby Ellsbury, of Madras OR and Oregon State (although a year before they went back-to-back in the CWS), just got called up to patrol the outfield for the Red Sox while Coco Crisp gets healthier. To make room, none other than the slightly hobbled(?) Joel Piniero was put on the DL (saving him from possible further embarrassment?).

    He was one of the top prospects in the Sox farm system this past couple of years, and a lot of Red Sox fans have been looking forward to seeing him in Fenway. Good luck, kid.

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