Game 126, Mariners at Rangers

DMZ · August 24, 2007 at 4:42 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Felix Day! 5:35 our time, FSN. Felix faces once-greatly-desired free agent pitcher Kevin Millwood!

Over at the PI, John Marshall names his top picks of this year’s baseball books. I’m of course disappointed The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball isn’t on there (No love for the local? Really?), though it does look like they’re almost all hardbacks, and particularly — and there’s really no way to say this, having a book in competition, but I thought Shaughnessy’s book was just baaaaad, so it doubly hurts. Feel free to twist knives in the comments if you’re so inclined – it might distract from today’s standard lineup.


311 Responses to “Game 126, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. earinc on August 25th, 2007 12:43 am

    Thank you, TB!

  2. Notor on August 25th, 2007 12:46 am

    Plus New York pretty much friend everyone in their bullpen while Detroit did slightly better. This is a great outcome….thank you idiotic umps who insisted and waiting out a rain delay for 4 hours!

  3. Notor on August 25th, 2007 12:46 am

    Err, that should say “insisted on”

  4. Notor on August 25th, 2007 12:47 am

    And “Fried” not “friend”, jesus it’s late….

  5. joser on August 25th, 2007 12:57 am

    Actually, you can thank the TV networks rather than the umps. Apparently the broadcast windows are such that they couldn’t schedule a double-header for either Saturday or Sunday, which just left Monday — which would have been a double-header on the travel day, an option neither team liked. At least that’s the word over on the Yankees blog (where I went for another delicious dose of Schademfreude)

    Speaking of which, tomorrow’s national AL game on Fox is All Sox — the brutal Red vs the hapless White. That’s a snooze, even if you enjoy watching Ortiz & Co. pummel people.

  6. Notor on August 25th, 2007 1:52 am

    Really though, they could’ve just made this game up on an off day sometime in the future. 4 hours is way too long to wait out a delay no matter what the circumstances…

    I’m very happy it has handicapped the Yankees both tonight and for many nights to come due to their BP use but I still don’t see much justification for the two playing at all tonight.

    So uhh, I’m happy with it, just recognizing that it was an extremely stupid move to make this game go forward.

  7. GD on August 25th, 2007 2:10 am

    More sweet and entertaining breakfast reading here in Europe.

    Re: Shaughnessy’s father-son book. Is there a time in a sportswriter’s life that he feels he has to do one? Lupica of the NY Daily News wrote a really tedious one about the McGwire-Sosa race (yeah, how’s that one working out?)

    I’d rather read a Richard Ford novel.

  8. frannyzoo on August 25th, 2007 7:51 am

    How is that new Richard Ford (newish) novel, anyway? The other two Frank Bascombe books are pretty darn good. As for the umps and the ridiculous late start/finish of the Yanks game, the blame goes to mlb and its stupid subservience to television. Yet, if that subservience leads to the Yanks being extra tired for a week during the pennant race, is that a bad thing?

    I’m a little surprised Yankee nation hasn’t gotten torches and moved as a mob toward Dr. Selig’s mansion yet.

  9. ajdaddy on August 25th, 2007 8:33 am

    The MLB front office will find a way to delay a start so the Yanks can have time to recover. And if I hear one peep about how the Yankees are tired, or it wasn’t fair, I will freak out! how about the M’s flying 85 times to Cleveland? Screw the Yanks, and I’m glad they took the stomach punch loss this morning! And baseball haiku? Geez, even hacks like me try that stuff…as long as I get my syllables right. Now try sarcastic baseball haiku…that would be more fun. CHEATER’S GUIDE TO BASEBALL RULES! (yelled in the same tone as ‘San Dimas football rules’ for all of you bill and ted fans)

  10. Karen on August 25th, 2007 10:04 am

    Oh, you won’t hear any peeps from fans, anyway, about how screwed by MLB the Yankees were — at least 2 Yankee fan boards are in meltdown (“internal server error”).

    Whenever those boards come back on line, you’ll see complaints about:
    1. Sean Henn, DFA him!
    2. The umpires.
    3. The rain.
    4. Detroit fans.
    5. Selig (although more complaints about the umpires will doubtless be submitted to him).
    6. Clemens and his $1M/game.
    7. The Red Sox, winning a DH, they aren’t as good as the Yankees.
    8. The Mariners, winning a game they should, they aren’t as good as the Yankees.

    Everything but how their vaunted lineup couldn’t score any runs against the shaky Detroit bullpen, and how the Detroit lineup without Sheffield managed to match up with them, and win in the end.

  11. Karen on August 25th, 2007 10:28 am

    I was right about #8 above. About a half hour after the NYY/Detroit game ended, someone on the LoHud blog posted:

    August 25th, 2007 at 3:56 am
    But I still say we pass Seattle eventually. They aren’t this good by far, and there’s no way they’ll play .750 baseball for the remaining 40 something games.

    They don’t have to. 21W out of the last 36 to be played is .583 ball, and that gets them to 94W…MAYBE enough for the WC.

    It’s the Yanks who have to play at a .676 rate from here on to = 94 wins, and a .706 rate to = 95 wins.

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