Game 90, Orioles at Mariners

Dave · July 16, 2007 at 6:39 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Burress vs Ramirez, 7:05 pm.

Horacio Ramirez is not a major league quality starting pitcher. The Baltimore Orioles aren’t a major league quality team. Resistible object, meet the movable force.


347 Responses to “Game 90, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. Otto on July 16th, 2007 9:45 pm

    * The Sentinel

  2. joser on July 16th, 2007 9:57 pm

    Speaking of the phillies, I thought this pic was hilarious.

  3. Jay R. on July 16th, 2007 10:01 pm

    Not “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”? Definitely be mine.

  4. thewyrm on July 16th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Why do people go out of their way to make fun of things like rally fries and funk blasts? What do they do besides make the game just a little bit more fun? I hate the Angels as much as the next guy but boy I wish we would have thought of the Rally Monkey.

  5. Jay R. on July 16th, 2007 10:05 pm

    The game is exciting enough for me. I don’t need gimmicks and silliness to keep my attention.

  6. AuburnM on July 16th, 2007 10:07 pm

    Because we are sophisticated baseball connoisseurs. The rabble disgust us.

  7. Evan R. on July 16th, 2007 10:08 pm

    It’s not going out of your way. Rally fries and funk blasts are stupid and inane, and represent the “yay!! richey saxsen hitta homur!!” contingent of baseball fans.

  8. Evan R. on July 16th, 2007 10:15 pm

    Actually, I think “funk blast” is pretty hilarious due to how ridiculous it is, but rally fries are stupid because the essentially validate Mike Blowers’ existence, something that should be discouraged.

  9. AuburnM on July 16th, 2007 10:15 pm

    Yes. Only serious adult male numbers geeks should be allowed to enjoy basesball.

  10. Rumpelstiltskin on July 16th, 2007 10:18 pm

    231: Sims actually tried out (debuted?) two nicknames for Sherrill today. First he refered to him as ‘the Tennessee Gentleman,’ then he refered to him as ‘the Governor.’ Personally, I like both nicknames, but ‘the Governor’ makes a little more sense (and it’s more intimidating). Of course his cyber-nickname will always be GS52…

  11. Otto on July 16th, 2007 10:18 pm

    You got another thing comin is good but The Sentinel is one of my favs.

  12. JeffS on July 16th, 2007 10:22 pm

    Sigh at the baseball elitists that plague this blog… you guys suck out all the fun. Check out a video I took of what fans are like in Japan.

    Now THAT’S what fans should be like. They would even cheer for Vidro 🙂

  13. geofftoons on July 16th, 2007 10:22 pm

    #304 I agree! I’ll bet even the biggest stathead on this site has picked a hydro during the hydro race on the video board at one time or another! Since baseball is so superstitious, a rally monkey or rally fries are no less silly than a lucky rabbit’s foot, it’s just a lucky charm that everyone can focus their collective energy on to support the team.

    I love baseball for the intricasies (sp) of the game, but also for all the other goofy stuff as well that makes the total experience.

  14. Otto on July 16th, 2007 10:31 pm

    With men on first and second
    Steam begins to rise
    The figures primed and ready
    Prepared for quick surprise
    He’s watching for a sign
    The game is on the line

    The Sentinel baseball style!

  15. Lauren, token chick on July 16th, 2007 10:32 pm

    I don’t mind the rally fries. Especially if they keep working.

    I think my song would be PJ Harvey, Sheela Na Gig. I thought it might be too profane, but then remembered that they play frickin’ Magic Stick for A-Rod.

  16. Otto on July 16th, 2007 10:33 pm

    #314 in Gymnastics you sit for over 4 hours to watch less than 4 minutes of your childs routines.

  17. quickkick87 on July 16th, 2007 10:40 pm

    Jeff Nelson with yet another blithering idiot moment on the KJR postgame: The M’s need to go get a hard-throwing righthanded setup man.

    Nellie should read USSM before he lies on the radio

  18. John in L.A. on July 16th, 2007 10:41 pm

    If it doesn’t interfere with the game or my enjoyment of it, I don’t care how anyone else enjoys it.

    The only one I remember truly despising was the “thunder sticks” they had last time I was at Angel stadium.

    Those truly sucked.

  19. Bobanderson on July 16th, 2007 10:41 pm

    “Horacio Ramirez is not a major league quality starting pitcher.”

    I guess this is what started the discussion but do we have any question about the validity of this question at this point? I know it was the Orioles but they are a true MLB team, albeit lower echelon. Some folks promote Adam Jones as though he has done anything in the MLB. No, only great (really great) numbers in the PCL. Let’s give credit where it is due and Ramirez pitched a very, very MLB game tonight. Let’s hope Adam (eventually) does it in the MLB too.

  20. Carson on July 16th, 2007 10:41 pm

    319 (quickkick87) – Maybe Nelson was trying to pull a fast one on the FO and get a job?

  21. John in L.A. on July 16th, 2007 10:42 pm

    Anyone who thinks there is only 12 minutes of action in a baseball game knows nothing at all about baseball.

  22. msb on July 16th, 2007 10:43 pm

    geez, next thing you’ll be telling us Bill Veeck was bad for baseball ….

  23. John in L.A. on July 16th, 2007 10:44 pm

    Are Nellie and Thiel getting the same talking points from a junior M’s marketing idiot?

    Where the hell did this right handed set up man crap come from?

  24. msb on July 16th, 2007 10:48 pm

    after the game last night it was mentioned that it had been the main topic of discussion in the press box … dunno if it was because Theil was thinking of writing the column, and brought the subject up, or what.

    You know Nelly is always going to think a righty relief pitcher is a good idea, though….

  25. msb on July 16th, 2007 10:52 pm

    I thought it was supposed to be that the ball was actually ‘in play’ about 12 minutes per game ….

  26. Colm on July 16th, 2007 10:56 pm

    Nice call on the play-on song, Lauren. It makes a change from the well worn Seventies rawk. But if you’re going with early PJ Harvey for a baseball game, surely you’d have to pick “Victory”.

    Me, I’ve always fancied something from “Songs About…” by Big Black. Say Kitty Empire, or Columbian Necktie.

  27. Sports on a Schtick on July 16th, 2007 10:56 pm

    No one’s up for “Dancing Queen” as their closer music? Reverse psychology baby. It works. Actually, it doesn’t work.

    I’ve been wearing an Orioles t-shirt all day (it’s comfy and it was free). I guess I have to keep it on for a little while longer.

  28. Otto on July 16th, 2007 10:59 pm

    The double bare handed double play made it onto sports center!

  29. earinc on July 16th, 2007 10:59 pm

    287: I love the idea of Bridge Over Troubled Water as a lead-in song. The ugly children twist is brilliant. This opens up vast possibilities for the creative major-leaguer.

    I always thought “I Believe In Miracles” by Hot Chocolate would make a great lead in song. “I believe in miracles / where you from / you sexy thing, you”. Who wouldn’t get pumped up by that? Plus, the other team would be laughing and unprepared. Or maybe “I Would Die 4U” by Prince: “I’m not your lover / I’m not your friend / I am something that you’ll never comprehend / No need to worry / No need to cry / I’m your messiah and you’re the reason why.” I want that guy on my team.

  30. msb on July 16th, 2007 11:01 pm

    I knew I’d seen it someplace….

  31. earinc on July 16th, 2007 11:01 pm

    333: Slack Motherf#*ker by Superchunk!

  32. Otto on July 16th, 2007 11:05 pm

    #339 Best line!

    When watching baseball, just about any time is a good time to go for a beer.

  33. earinc on July 16th, 2007 11:05 pm

    I can hear it now. John Smith steps up to bat, and the music swells:

    You’re enjoying your day
    Everything’s going your way
    Then along comes Debbie Downer.

    Always there to tell you ’bout a new disease
    A car accident or killer bees
    You’ll beg her to spare you, “Debbie, Please!”
    But you can’t stop Debbie Downer!

  34. msb on July 16th, 2007 11:07 pm

    Bobby Livingston got called up by the Reds, gave up eight hits, two runs and two walks in five innings — and went 4 for 4 at the plate 🙂

  35. Otto on July 16th, 2007 11:08 pm

    Need a sign here

    “Please don’t feed the Trolls”

  36. Downtown Ian on July 16th, 2007 11:10 pm

    I was seriously worried about the HoRam start today (yeah, I know, who wasn’t). I hadn’t followed him with much interest before he went on the DL, but I saw him pitch in Tacoma on June 30th and he was pretty sad. Ok scratch that — he sucked. Looking at gameday again, the first inning was: double, walk, homer, double, fielders choice, single, single, sac fly, fly out. And this is the frickin’ Salt Lake Bees! Then he gave up 9 hits (admittedly only one unearned run) in his AZL start, which doesn’t sound that bad except they’re the very lowest level of minor league play. I don’t care how bad the Oreos are, they’ve gotta be quite a bit better than the Bees.

    So, I have a question. When ML pitchers do a rehab start in the minor leagues, are they typically playing for the best possible game outcome? Or are they more working on problem spots and trying to build fitness, even if it means they give up a few more hits/runs?

  37. John in L.A. on July 16th, 2007 11:16 pm

    I thought John Smith was just a baseball fan being goofy.

  38. NODO Dweller on July 16th, 2007 11:41 pm

    …and yet you post to a baseball blog, arguably even more boring than the game itself 😉

  39. chief on July 16th, 2007 11:44 pm

    FWIW when I was in college we put a stopwatch on an NFL game. Started the watch at the snap of the ball and stopped it whrn the whistle blew. That was several years ago and I do not remmeber the exact minutes and seconds, but I do remember that the total action in the game was less than ten minutes!

  40. Lauren, token chick on July 17th, 2007 12:09 am

    But Colm:

    Look at these my child-bearing hips
    Look at these my ruby red ruby lips
    Look at these my work-strong arms and
    You’ve got to see my bottle full of charms

    I mean it’s supposed to be about ME, right, not just the game.

    Shazam! And I strike out the side.*

    *In this scenario, I am able to throw a ball with any degree at all of speed and accuracy

  41. JMHawkins on July 17th, 2007 12:28 am

    Not “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”? Definitely be mine

    Oh, no it has to be “Delivering the Goods.”

    Gonna do it again and again
    We’ll beat you to submission
    So you might as well surrender
    You gotta learn your lesson
    ‘Cause there ain’t nobody here to defend your heart

    But really, most anything off Hell Bent for Leather would do.

  42. Colm on July 17th, 2007 12:48 am

    Crikey, Lauren, if Sheila na Gig really is about you… I just shudder to think. That’s some pretty earthy exhibitionism.

  43. Sidi on July 17th, 2007 1:08 am

    If I was picking intro music…I’m not sure I could resist “Money for Nothing.” Especially if I was just a crappy utility guy.

    Now, as a relief pitcher/closer I’d definitely go with Devil’s Dance Floor (Flogging Molly). If the idea of an Irish girl with eyes “the color of insanity” pulling you into a satanic mosh pit isn’t frightening…well…you haven’t heard Bridget Regan on tin whistle.

  44. Karen on July 17th, 2007 4:07 am

    Wow. Re: all that “music”, especially the TITLES, what have I been missing all these years? I’ve never been able to understand the NEED to run around with a Walkman (dating myself) or an iPOD plugged in, or before that, walk around with a boombox 🙂

    I confess, after my teenage years when I listened to KJR endlessly (when they played ’50s and ’60s music), I stopped turning music on automatically as background noise. I guess I always preferred to listen to the music of my own thoughts.

    Boy, do I feel like a crotchety old codger-ette.

  45. Karen on July 17th, 2007 4:12 am

    Baseball content: I wonder if Billy Beane thinks he can run ol’ Mike Piazza out there behind the plate now that he’s gotten rid of Jason Kendall?

    Everyone seems to think they’ll try out the rook, but hey, is there some record to set/pass that Mike Piazza needs time behind the plate?

  46. zzyzx on July 17th, 2007 6:43 am

    The 12 minutes only counts if you don’t think the tension waiting for the pitch is important. The anticipation is as important for my enjoyment as the actual result, which probably is why I have problems watching a tape delayed game.

  47. msb on July 17th, 2007 7:41 am

    #346– they also got a catcher back, as back-up…

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