Game 143, Athletics at Mariners

DMZ · September 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

I love baseball, I really do. There’s no way I’d have written a book about it otherwise, obviously, but I tune into watch HoRam get slapped around knowing he’s almost certain to get slapped around as regularly as I see Felix.

But I have to admit – we’ve seen a couple funks like this the last couple years, and it takes a lot out of being a fan for me to see the team go through this. I want to shake my head and ask “When does it stop? Can I step out for a while and have someone wave me back in when it’s over?”

And yet here I am, making dinner and waiting to see Jarrod Washburn. And there, on the lineup card, in left, is USSM-endorsed left fielder Adam Jones. Vidro plays first, Ibanez DHs. Not, uh… how I would have done it, but hey, if you’re going to upgrade the outfield defense, Washburn’s a good pitcher to go for it.

Oakland fields… Dallas Braden. I don’t even know much about Dallas.


116 Responses to “Game 143, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. (Expletive) Dave Samson on September 11th, 2007 10:24 pm

    Lipreading class was always my favorite.

  2. Swungonandbelted on September 11th, 2007 10:29 pm

    woooooooooooooooo! another stunning foray into the sucktitude that is the M’s.

  3. theraven on September 11th, 2007 10:31 pm

    #101 What did the ump say to Guillen? Looked like he knew he got the call wrong, or else there’s no way Guillen shouldn’t have been thrown out after staying there and talking about it.

  4. jlc on September 11th, 2007 10:32 pm

    Before the game started, I really thought we had a good shot at winning this one. I’m not so optimistic about tommorrow. DMZ told me winning wasn’t inevitable. I didn’t think the M’s would go to such a length to prove his point.

  5. JR Ewing on September 11th, 2007 10:34 pm

    guccione’s last ten game as HP ump vs mariners

    08/21/07 MIN 2 – SEA 7 S. Baker J. Washburn -114/8.5 08/03/07 SEA 7 – BOS 4 H. Ramirez J. Lester 102/10 Home 07/03/07 KC 17 – SEA 3 J. De La Rosa R. Feierabend -04/29/07 SEA 5 – KC 1 C. Baek B. Bannister -151/9.5 Home 03/20/07 ARI 8 – SEA 1 E. Gonzalez J. Weaver -125/- 08/20/06 LAA 3 – SEA 2 E. Santana J. Woods -160/9.5 Home 08/09/06 SEA 2 – TB 0 J. Washburn J. Shields -159/9.5 08/13/05 SEA 1 – LAA 9 R. Franklin B. Colon 148/8.5 Road 07/29/05 SEA 5 – CLE 10 A. Sele K. Millwood 133/8.5 Road 09/22/04 LAA 6 – SEA 16 B. Colon G. Meche -250/9 Road O

  6. theraven on September 11th, 2007 10:39 pm

    2-15, wow. I think I’m actually numb to it now. Hey, if we win our final 19 games I think we can still make the playoffs (actually, I figure we could go 18-1, which is good because I doubt we’ll win tomorrow).

  7. geofftoons on September 11th, 2007 10:56 pm

    wow. Do you think the M’s have grounds for filing a formal grievance or protest about the umpiring they’ve recieved lately?

    Between this game and the one where Ichiro got hose on a couple of bad calls make me wonder if the umps have been out drinking beers with NBA refs.

    Admittedly, the M’s have lost quite a few games without help from the umps.

  8. Adam S on September 11th, 2007 11:20 pm

    We know managers don’t make a lot of difference, but how badly does a team have to play before you blame the manager or axe him just to change things up? I know there are less than three weeks left in the season, but from leading the wild card to a 2-15 run is bad by historic proportions.

  9. dw on September 11th, 2007 11:56 pm

    The last three weeks of the Mariners, summarized in a single short YouTube clip.

  10. kentroyals5 on September 11th, 2007 11:56 pm

    108-When it comes to making the lineups, the starting rotation, and utilizing the bullpen, the manager does make a difference. Mac has failed in all 3

  11. ajn007 on September 12th, 2007 12:15 am

    I think the hitoric fall of the mariners can’t be linked to Mac. I mean look at what he did with Rick White….Heck even bavasi can be linked to that blunder. Mac states he has expert knowledge as a coach by being a scout, but his game time decision seem to be a slow learning curve. I think he is great bench coach and should remain in the position with a new coach brought in like Joe Girardi who is available and is good ith young players. More i think about it, I would take him in a second and fire the whol mariners coaching staff to get him

  12. thefin190 on September 12th, 2007 12:41 am

    Well I am hoping this 2-15 run will get McLaren and Bavasi and FO fired. I am just being optimistic. I mean since the Mariners aren’t making the playoffs, might as well hope for a complete melt down which will result in some major firings. I doubt they will fire McLaren before the season ends though. I am thinking the day right after the season ends both him and Bavasi get axed. Can’t I hope. I mean to be in playoff contention for so long and then break down like this. Man.

  13. jlc on September 12th, 2007 12:52 am

    McLaren brushed off a question about whether Jones would play more the rest of the way.

    “You know what? We’re just taking it one game at a time, to be honest with you,” he said. “If he gets hot, he’s going to make it tough to take him out of there. So hopefully he gets to that stage where he’s got to make the decision tough not to take him out of there.”

    Uh, how does he do that without getting the playing time? And what kind of convoluted sentence and logic is that, anyway?

  14. theraven on September 12th, 2007 7:08 am

    Who else is surprised that Ozzie Guillen got a 5-year extension? I personally can’t believe that any MLB manager could get a 5-year deal, especially aft

  15. theraven on September 12th, 2007 7:09 am

    Stupid laptop. Anyway, it surprises me that Guillen would get that length of a contract extension after finishing in last place, and considering his hot headededness and sometimes controversial statements.

  16. theraven on September 12th, 2007 7:15 am

    #112 By the way, the quote over at the Seattle PI is “I’d like to play him a little more,” the manager said. “I just really haven’t had the opportunity. We’re trying to go with guys who have been doing it, going with the experience. (But) if he gets hot, it’s going to be tough to take him out of there.”

    Yep, those guys with experience have been doing great this whole year. I’m starting to think that Sexson isn’t even hurt and he’s taken one for the team by “injuring” his hamstring. He obviously knew that McLaren would never have the balls to take him out. By the way, Ramirez is getting the start Saturday because “he really hasn’t pitched that poorly” just missing his spot a few times. Which is obviously why the league is hitting .333 off him for the season.

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